H S on Wed, 18 Jun 2003 22:26:33 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] wat is e-culture?

Is life now as complex as it can get, or might there be an eighth transition? 

It's something that science-fiction writers are better at thinking about than scientists, who are rather limited in their imagination. But the marriage of DNA, programmed intelligence and silicon is hovering on the horizon. Technically, that would be a major transition because it would be a new way of transmitting information between generations, and storing it. But if we come back in a hundred years' time, will the prostheses continue to be computers on our desks, will they be personalised bits of us, or will we find only silicon beings surviving? That remains to be seen.

So human evolution might progress by a sort of symbiosis with computing technology. But are we biological humans still evolving genetically? 


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