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The Future Is Unpredictable

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Posted by Harvey on June 3, 2003 19:23:49 UTC

Hi Kyle,

***Up until very recently, the evolution of humankind has been subject to the same laws of natural selection that governed all biological life. As of now however, we are at the beginning of a second phase in biological complexification where we begin to direct our own evolution. Although some of these are sort of 'Lamarckian' changes (ie. we're not born with them), this new 'evolution' is no longer exclusively biological, but is now 'bio-technological' (artificial interfaces and genetic engineering).***

Interesting thoughts...

Whereas it is always a bit tantalizing to predict the future, I'm one who thinks that the future is almost entirely unpredictable. Biological and artificial systems look like they will merge in the 'near' future, but I tend to think other unpredictable things will happen. Maybe we will experience a nuclear war (not T3), or maybe we unleash a deadly contagion, or maybe we will develop a whole new technology that opens evolutionary doors that we couldn't even dream of, or maybe we will become cybernetic organisms in some capacity.

If the past is any indication, then we should expect dramatic shifts from what seems to be the case. One thing is for sure, the future awaits us. Hopefully any thing that is bad is beyond the lifetime of us and our children's children.

Harv

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