Yet the progress in our digital assistants and self-driving cars seems to have stalled. Computers choke at even the simplest requests, and most of the digital world continues to be handcrafted by humans.
But quietly, hidden in plain sight, another revolution is already in full swing. It has somehow escaped public scrutiny and won’t be found dominating the news with dramatic headlines. The most profound invention of our time isn’t AI. It is AT – Artificial Time.
Human civilization has always been limited by our ability to process information. From the scale of individual human lives to the largest institutions, it has always been tremendously costly to store information. Our communication abilities have been limited to cave drawings, stone tablets, heiroglyphics, and fragile paper with inexact symbols. All of it at risk of being lost, damaged, or stolen.
Since it wasn’t possible to store everything, we had to decide what was worth saving. Our history is therefore lossy – full of holes, mistakes, and misinterpretations.