Singularity: Information Expediting Evolution

(From: http://www.socialnomics.net)

The first thing that came to mind as I watched this video was Kurzweil’s concept of ‘singularity’. If we consider the past decade alone it’s simply astonishing to think about the enormous proliferation of information and technology. My first thought was whether we are progressing beyond our means to adapt. The news is filled with queries regarding multitasking and information overload. But then it occurred to me: knowledge and information is expediting our evolution. No longer must we wait for nature to facilitate our evolution; knowledge is allowing us to manipulate nature so that it adapts to us. Evolution is taking place right before our eyes at exponential rates like never before in history.

Protagoras was ahead of his time when he said “Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not”