Here I share this video of Matt Ridley: When Ideas Have Sex.
In this video, Ridley sets up to explain how is it possible for humans to be the only species in the world which “becomes more prosperous as it becomes more populous”; and the answer is that we are the only species that can build knowledge over generations.
Today, we live in an ecosystem of participation and we create value through the aggregation of many individual contributions or ideas which then evolve and reproduce exponentially. This accumulation of ideas and collaborative activities give place to collective intelligence. Humans share and trade with knowledge and intelligence as much as we do with goods and products. There is a symbiotic relationship between all of the people who contribute to this wide network of information that we share. In this sense, today we have things like “creative commons” which bet for the sharing and trading of information which definetely accelerates the rate of innovation.
Products today are a combination of all these ideas which were developed, completed, changed, leading from one thing to another. They are a result of thousands of years of human knowledge building on top of another idea. We moved from self-sufficiency to collaborative work to the point that we only know little bits of information but no-one knows the whole and we value and trade with the little bits that we know.