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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 18 2013: Based on what I have learned about evolution, I agree with the idea that evolution of any species strongly depend on their environment. The case with robots is that they do not really understand what they are doing, they just follow commands and programs that are pre-written (by humans). It seems unlikely that robots understand what they are doing or how they are affecting their own environment. As long as this is true, robots cannot evolve and as per the rule, a species cannot survive longer unless it evolves with time.

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