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Ahmed Ben Yaghlen

Student, Youth & Science Association of Tunisia

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Does evolution destroy us?

Evolution occurs when a mutation is beneficial to survival right? Well with us humans, we have civilizations and surviving in our time means being educated and getting a job and making money. Well could the next stage of our evolution be us merging with technology to make us more efficient? Or on a scarier thought, could we create computers and robots that surpass us, take us all out, and those robots continuously build more robots that surpass the last in an exponential growth of inteligence?Could that be the future of human evolution?


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  • Jun 10 2013: Not really, Darwinism doesn't work that way. I've always thought we would live to tolerate chemicals and toxins, seeing as we produce so much of them, it would be co-existing with our own creations. As for robots surpassing us, no, never ever ever ever ever ever. Currently IBM is working on a computer that is essentially: a brain. They're using some sort of concept to recreate learning and the creation of information, there's really no way for a computer to make decisions without reason. Just like us, for a computer to, well, compute it needs a reason or as we call it motivation. So you would have to add some other form motivation for the machine to actually start functioning as a sentient being. And, seeing as we're getting smarter, why would we put a few protocols and If-statements behind a machine capable of complex, abstract, or critical thought? Doesn't make sense now, probably never will.

    Technology is already incorporated into human life, google search is a perfect example. We are currently making these things easier to use by making them smaller or more powerful, but there's nothing out there that is anywhere near surpassing us. There's not enough new tech to be dangerous, we're really just improving things that have been around for years or even decades. The CPU is a good example: it's smaller, and much more powerful than it was at first; but it does the same thing, it computes data rapidly. It's just an improvement.

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