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This means Hawking says that we have entered a new phase of evolution. "At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information." But what distinguishes us from our cave man ancestors is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last ten thousand years, and particularly, Hawking points out, over the last three hundred. "I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race," Hawking said.
...we are now entering a new phase, of what Hawking calls "self designed evolution," in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA. "At first," he continues "these changes will be confined to the repair of genetic defects, like cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy. These are controlled by single genes, and so are fairly easy to identify, and correct. Other qualities, such as intelligence, are probably controlled by a large number of genes. It will be much more difficult to find them, and work out the relations between them. Nevertheless, I am sure that during the next century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence, and instincts like aggression."
If the human race manages to redesign itself, to reduce or eliminate the risk of self-destruction, we will probably reach out to the stars and colonize other planets. But this will be done, Hawking believes, with intelligent machines based on mechanical and electronic components, rather than macromolecules, which could eventually replace DNA based life, just as DNA may have replaced an earlier form of life.
Originally posted by GEORGETHEGREEK
Whats the point?
I read the article.
He may be right but whats the point?
If we have to replace ourselves with mechanichal alternatives driven by our own alternative DNA equal what will we achieve?
The Age of the Machine?
Colonysation by machines?
To serve what purpose?
That of an extinct ego?
I really see no point in the prospect...
Regards of love
Originally posted by Tantalus
That's cool and all, but couldn't that affect a person's individuality? Fixing diseases is great, but tweaking intelligence and then what? That's my only problem, I don't like being completely the same as my neighbor or my friend. The "machine DNA" thing is interesting, It'd be curious to see that one unfold.
Originally posted by Nventual
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not about machines at all.
Hawkings is saying that we will be able to tweak the DNA we already have. There's nothing mentioned about machines or mechanical things. Of course it is doubtful it will get past the medical-only stage because of the ethical questions that will be raised so you don't have much to worry about in terms of a society where everyone has the same personalities and looks.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
Correct, evolution is inevitable. I dont put dont much stock into it. everything and everyone evolves.
just because Hawking say's it, ... it doesn't make it concrete fact.
These are just theory's ans I've heard countless times before. nothing to be affraid of.
Originally posted by SpiritHipHop
You know, I personally believe that I have entered into this next stage regardless to your disbeliefs, brutal truth isn't measured in mass appeal.