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14-04-2012, 09:48 AM
where is evolution taking us next?
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14-04-2012, 11:52 AM (This post was last modified: 14-04-2012 11:57 AM by ghostexorcist.)
RE: where is evolution taking us next?
It's hard to say. Harsh changes in the environment are what cause big changes--e.g., it is believed that the ever-changing environment of ancient Africa is what forced brain growth. Modern humans (at least those living in industrialized areas) have conquered the environment to the point that there is nothing to struggle against. I once read a collection of anti-science interviews written by an Indian Swami. One of the points that he made was that if evolution was true people living in cold regions would sprout fur. This shows a total lack of basic understanding of the evolutionary process. They didn't take into account that the people living in those areas have access to shelter, clothing, and fire. This doesn't necessarily mean that they won't take on adaptations that will make them more suited to this environment. It will just take a very long time for those changes to become apparent. The majority of the world lives in rural areas, so they will most likely be the ones first to be effected by some type of environmental change. There are already people who have developed small adaptations, like Africans with sickle cell in areas with malaria. However, we won't be the hyper intelligent beings with huge brains that appear in sci-fi movies unless that is selected for naturally, or bred for through genetics.
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14-04-2012, 01:34 PM (This post was last modified: 14-04-2012 01:43 PM by Bucky Ball.)
RE: where is evolution taking us next?
The hint is in your hand. The iPod.

Right now, it's plugged into a port, strapped to your belt, and in your car. In 50 years it will be implanted in your eye, and/or in your brain.

You will plug into a network, download the "update", and receive all the newpapers, and new books, new studies, new conferences, new discoveries for the past 24 hours. 100 years from now, a self-evolving technology will be in place for the "evolution update", to update all your functioning systems, to self-evolve all the needed new system updates to protect you from all the new diseases, and threats, discovered in the past 24 hours. That's where Bucky thinks we're headed. Einstein








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14-04-2012, 04:50 PM (This post was last modified: 14-04-2012 05:35 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: where is evolution taking us next?
(14-04-2012 01:34 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  The hint is in your hand. The iPod.

Right now, it's plugged into a port, strapped to your belt, and in your car. In 50 years it will be implanted in your eye, and/or in your brain.

You will plug into a network, download the "update", and receive all the newpapers, and new books, new studies, new conferences, new discoveries for the past 24 hours. 100 years from now, a self-evolving technology will be in place for the "evolution update", to update all your functioning systems, to self-evolve all the needed new system updates to protect you from all the new diseases, and threats, discovered in the past 24 hours. That's where Bucky thinks we're headed. Einstein








We have outgrown evolution and made it obsolete by virtue of our technology. Dunno whether eventual obsolescence of the process itself can be accommodated by evolutionary theory or not, but it don't really matter, 'cause here we are.

Kurzweil posits that we will not only become inseparable from our technology, our current state, we will become indistinguishable from it. FullerNad and Kurzweil are right. Drinking Beverage

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14-04-2012, 06:10 PM
RE: where is evolution taking us next?
(14-04-2012 04:50 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(14-04-2012 01:34 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  The hint is in your hand. The iPod.

Right now, it's plugged into a port, strapped to your belt, and in your car. In 50 years it will be implanted in your eye, and/or in your brain.

You will plug into a network, download the "update", and receive all the newpapers, and new books, new studies, new conferences, new discoveries for the past 24 hours. 100 years from now, a self-evolving technology will be in place for the "evolution update", to update all your functioning systems, to self-evolve all the needed new system updates to protect you from all the new diseases, and threats, discovered in the past 24 hours. That's where Bucky thinks we're headed. Einstein









We have outgrown evolution and made it obsolete by virtue of our technology. Dunno whether eventual obsolescence of the process itself can be accommodated by evolutionary theory or not, but it don't really matter, 'cause here we are.

Kurzweil posits that we will not only become inseparable from our technology, our current state, we will become indistinguishable from it. FullerNad and Kurzweil are right. Drinking Beverage



But the machine elements will learn, and evolve.

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14-04-2012, 06:48 PM
RE: where is evolution taking us next?
(14-04-2012 06:10 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  But the machine elements will learn, and evolve.

If you want to redefine evolution in terms of Latent Dirichlet Allocations, who am I to argue? Wink

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