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Has technology accelerated human evolution?

my question is based on my observations of events that have happened in my own lifetime,we went from conventional warfare to atomic bombs ,we went from party line telephones to blue tooth, we went from the encyclopedia to ipads,we went from maps to gps,we went from libraries to kindle,we went from Sunday dinner to Mc Donalds,we went from radio to 50"flat screen 3d television,skype,electric cars,and we put a man on the moon.All of this in one life time.what use to take millions of years to happen,. is now happening in generations.I watch little kids walking towards doors they dont stop because they know its going to open,young children using computers to write and draw.I guess my question is,am I right in thinking that human evolution is accelerating.


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    Jul 20 2012: I believe so. Are lifespans have gotten much longer than they were just a couple hundred years ago and are intellect has gotten much better over the millennium. And now, with genetic engineering, we can sort of play the role of a "god" and change are genetics at will in order to improve lifespan, strength ect. All we need is a few more improvements on it.
    • Jul 20 2012: I doubt life span is a good indicator of evolution. Yes we are bigger faster, and stronger, and yes we do live longer. But we travel at such a slower rate compared to our mind and technology. Basically technology is an indicator of our mind, while there doesn't seem to be a indicator of our progress as in evolution. Our basic test of endurance and strength has been very slow in hind sight. The Olympic athletes don't shatter records any faster then they did 25 years ago. the progress is in seconds and 10th of seconds. The past is basically the same as in the early 1900. Where as the brain has transformed medicine, to farming to industrialization. Just a humble thought to ponder...
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        Jul 21 2012: Well, we may not have evolved in terms of athletics but the ability to have a vast exchange of knowledge is much more important. Technology (after some time) will allow us to do anything we wish to the human body. Or, you could just call it technologically assisted evolution.

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