Mountains & Future of Technology

Mount Everest and our Future of Technology

Upcoming changes in the future
As a Technology Strategist I am confronted with the rapid changes in technology and the enormous growth of data. We are data hungry. Some even call it a new religion, dataïsme. Moore’s law is still proofing to be right: processing power is still increasing, chip sets continue to get smaller and data storage prices drop as well. I foresee many technological changes happening in the near future, that will change our way of life and even influence the evolution of human beings, all mainly driven by the exponential growth of technology. Our lives will be represented by data that continuously will be monitored, compared and corrected. Almost everything will be connected to the internet, stored in huge data centers, controlled by artificial intelligence, analysed by neural networks and correlated with other data to benefit our economy and be used by governmental institutes, insurances and many unknown parties where our data is sold to. In essence, all technology improvements are there with the aim to make our lives easier, to gain back time for ourselves, create spare time to enjoy life by doing things we want to do ourselves. Time is the new gold: it will become very scarce. We are currently already forced to do a 1000 things in 24 hours. Many effects are already seen in our hectic society and fear of missing out.

Will technology be the answer?
Technology will help us do things more efficiently, do things much faster and will help us make difficult things become easier, all with the aim to do more things in the same time. Technology will be so fast, accurate and correct that we will follow the instructions, without understanding the underlying reasoning. Our brain capacity is limited and just not capable to understand the complexity anymore. Technology will take over and our lives will be regulated by technology. All being the result of connecting everything to the internet and our data being presented to the world of artificial intelligence. We do see all advantages and we like to improve our technology and explore new fields of undiscovered grounds. But do we fully understand all side effects?

When will technology take over?
I talked to many people, of which many think the introduction of all technology changes will not happen that fast. However many cannot oversee the consequences and impact to human beings and find all discussions on this topic over exaggerated. It will either not happen or at least not in this century. I personally foresee this will happen sooner than we all think. I like to create awareness for this change of life, change of living, change in human behaviour, change in human being or even better: change in being human. What is it that we really want?

Our happiness trigger
I have been travelling a lot around the world and I found out that part of the adventure of life is to explore new things. Experiences are the key to happiness, it triggers parts of our brain that make us happy. That is probably why being a kid is so much fun. Everything is still new, and being uninhibited there starts a huge journey of discovery resulting in happiness. It is also that same happiness trigger that motivates us to continue doing research and explore new technologies. However, it seems to come at a price now as technology is getting ahead of us. For me life in the mountains brings back the feeling of discovery, excitement, sensation, grasping the essence of what matters without support of technology. Even more, being out there in the mountains gives me back time to explore and consider what happens internally in my body and soul. Something that many of us do not have time for anymore, except a few that are personally interested in meditation.

Actual trends
The majority of us ignore signals that inform us of an upcoming burnout, ignore a gut feeling that warns us for upcoming danger. We ignore to enjoy the small things around us and we are mainly driven to meet the social expectations of our environment. The majority of us drive in the fast lane of life and bypass the full color of our existence. Due to my interest in technology and climbing mountains I am now discovering two sides of the medal. For many years technology did help us human beings to develop ourselves and up till now we were always in charge. At this moment the curve of technology is outgrowing the curve of human evolution, our capacity to understand what is happening in the complex technology world is slowly disappearing. We need to seriously watch this trend, not to become slaves of our own greed to continuously improve and manipulate life.

The big difference
For me the mountains represent an enormous white yoga world full of reflection. A pure untouched world still not connected to any network and a magical scenery without distraction. The only connection out there is you with mother nature which shows its great power; the altitude shows the importance of having oxygen, water and food are essentials to survive and shelter and safety are crucial to stay alive. Some things we easily take for granted nowadays. Next to that, there is plenty of time to think, to feel, to reflect and sort out thoughts in the mountains. There is also time to engage, talk, share, interact, and experience situations with different but similar driven individuals on a human level. There is no WiFi, no mobile services, no television, no electricity, no radiation of radio waves in the air. Only the Schumann resonances are present as they are all around the world. All of this results in a peaceful environment that shows a total opposite of our current technology driven economy. It is the huge contrast that makes this discussion interesting. Climbing Mount Everest gives me the opportunity to be out there in this silent place full of ancient wisdom for more than 8 weeks. The Mount Everest is also called ‘Mother of the Universe’ in the local language. Mother of the Uni-verse, mother of one song, a collection of countless vibrations not interfered by our artificial radio waves. It is my believe that this interesting ‘untouched’ world can answer the questions who we really are and where we are heading in the future.

Wilco Dekker
– Manager Technology Strategy
– Expedition Mount Everest 2019