On April 25, the reState Foundation hosted a virtual conversation between Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, and Sadhguru, the founder of the Isha Foundation, to discuss the intersection of technology and human consciousness. The discussion focused on how emerging technologies such as blockchain are changing the way we interact with the digital world and how this impacts human consciousness.

Buterin explained that the core of blockchain technology is about human coordination and interaction. It helps different groups of people come together to trust each other more and collaborate across larger distances on various projects. However, Sadhguru pointed out that humans often struggle with identifying themselves with a group, which hinders ethical and consciousness development.

Despite this, Buterin argued that emerging technologies like blockchain make it easier for people to recognize complicated identities and connect with each other on common ground. He highlighted that while these technologies won’t solve all problems, they have the potential to result in realized cooperation and learning opportunities.

Sadhguru encouraged listeners to be mindful that humans are the “highest level of technology,” and elevating consciousness can improve the way we interact with technologies. Both speakers pointed to the proper usage of technologies like blockchain as the key to its implementation as a tool for greater understanding and raising human consciousness.

The conversation shed light on the evolving topic of how technology impacts human consciousness and ethical development. As emerging technologies continue to take precedence in our lives, it’s essential to understand how they can be used for the betterment of society and human consciousness.

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