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What The Technological Evolution Tells Us About Progress and Human Nature

  • 2018-10-04 17:22
  • 아시아뉴스통신=Ian Maclang 기자
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The way we humans are connected to technology is almost the same as a brain scanning a billion people, David Krakauer says.


Krakauer is an evolutionary geneticist, complexity theorist and CEO of the Santa Fe Institute.


He delineated the time frame of the human evolution through technology. “If you look at the year 2000 B.C and the year 1000 B.C., there would be some difference, but not dramatic.  If you looked at the year 1800 and the year 2016, they would look almost unrecognizably different,” Krakauer says.


This scaling of progress brought about by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century has dramatically affected our way of life which, also in a sense, also affected our perspective towards life itself.


Technological innovations are becoming more and more advanced.Our exposure to technology is always within reach.These inventions the are manifestations of ideas and desire: connectivity and adaptiveness.


However, despite this apparent optimism, Krakauer worries that with all of this support coming from technology, humans are becoming physically lazy.Perhaps it is only a matter of time before we let machines do the thinking for us.


“What I worry about almost more than anything else is a certain kind of mental laziness, and an unwillingness to engage with the difficult issues….It’s somehow more pressing in a time where there are systems out there willing to make the decisions for you,” Krakauer emphasizes.


Human lifestyle has undoubtedly changed in the past 150,000 years but our collective consciousness has almost always remained the same.Our desire for control and convenience has led us this far.Let Icarus be a symbol for this progress so we can remember not to get too close to the sun with all the hype and optimism.




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