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2011-07-11 @ 22:28:49
Yeah that’s a good one, I just watched that on Netflix recently. I can’t help but think he is being a little overly optimistic about how quickly humanity will reach that point though. He certainly seems biased towards the idea that it will happen within his lifetime, though. Even if our world economy will continue to be able to support the innovations taking place (we have a resource and production problem), it will be an immense intellectual challenge to be able to reverse-engineer consciousness, and on top of that, our culture will have to be able to raise a generation of robots without poison their potential by filling their minds with our adolescent human memetics.
I hope we reach that state of Extropianism soon, but I fear that it will not be within our lifetimes, and depending upon how our culture and social values evolve, it could be much farther off.
2011-07-11 @ 17:17:35
@ Darshan Nandha
the transition of biological species to information species is an amazing concept.
Humanity (and all other known life on earth) has been a biological species because its evolution has been of a biological nature; cells mutate and reproduce and our species grows in a biological way.
This story suggests that the next stage in evolution is when a species has begun intellectual evolution – instead of evolving claws and sharper teeth, our species evolves its technology and thought; the evolution of memetic constructs within our mind.
These memetic constructs (ideas, thoughts, etc.) compete for survival within the minds of our species. Some ideas, like Christianity or the alphabet, spread rapidly and survival well in the minds of humans. Other ideas are more exotic and less-suited for survival. Some ideas are dangerous. They promote war or suffering, or hinder the intellectual evolution of our species. For example, many religious beliefs hamper our social and intellectual evolution on a massive scale. Once a human mind is “infected” with these thoughts, they are difficult to remove and can spread to other people.
Once a species transitions from gross biological evolution into gross intellectual evolution, they could be considered an information species instead of a biological species, because their evolution is shaped by information instead of environmental stimuli.
2011-05-30 @ 16:28:40
Never before have I found my thoughts, feelings, and ideas outlined by another so concisely and completely. Extropianism will be the vehicle through which our species achieves unbounded evolution. One day, we will be able to transcend our primitive, biological nature (either partially or completely) in exchange for more robust or pure forms of existence. The human form will become a relic from the adolescence of our species; a memory of our archaic origin.