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>maria, i thought he was also concerned about the speed of replication compared to our own slower reproduction, thus our impending demise. Another point raised was the fact that as our civilization progresses, our society and culture will become so complex that only a computer ,robot, or what have you, will be able to sort through the tons of information and reach a logical solution, again rendering us somewhat obsolete...gotta go,the Borg are at the door....itch<

But, itch, changes in our bodies and hardwiring via evolution have, for at least the last 5 to 10 thousand years, been overwhelmed by our ability to adapt far more quickly via societal change and learned behavior. In addition to that, should radical improvement of the base capabilities and extension of the fundamental limits of humans be required to keep pace, MNT itself offers the possibility of doing just that as in Nanomedicine Vol 3 (yet to be published), chapter 30. I myself have always wanted to have a "math co-processor" :-)

I also point out that we have already reached the point where things are too complex for an unaided human to do some of the things we need done. For example, Federal Express would be impossible without computers. there is no way humans could keep track of that volume of packages and route them properly in the necessary time-frame. Despite not being able to manually sift through terabytes of data in real (or even near) time, I don't feel particularly obsolete. We humans have designed and built computers to do just such things and if anyone thinks that these computers don't need us even more than we need them, they haven't been on my lab floor recently (I test supercomputers for a living). Believe me, they need lots of human intervention.

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