2018: Will humans thrive or (barely) survive?
What is to be done?
Rob van Kranenburg (#RhodesForum2018, Rhodes, October 9, 2018, @cuppa)
A Zeitgeist actualizes when five trends align: presence, concealment, becoming, essence and friend or foe. The first two pairs are opposites, yet they coincide in some moments canceling out each other. As the two pairs create a void a new set of real and absolute enemies (Carl Schmitt) emerge. Such a moment is rare. We are immersed in one. It can be called the Digital Transition, but that is only the effect of what is happening, not the cause. It is vital to understand the roots of the change in order to prepare a new toolset to bring human agency to it.