Re: No nanotech before AI

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 09:41:52 MDT

On Wed, Jul 12, 2000 at 10:35:23AM -0400, Ross A. Finlayson wrote:
> Alternately, what are the chances we have divergent or evolved brains?
> I posit that humanity is evolving faster.

I posit that humanity is not evolving *at all* -- at least insofar as
our genome is concerned.

Obligatory reading matter at this point: "The Extended Phenotype" by
Richard Dawkins. Or maybe "The Meme Machine". Our _memes_ are evolving,
but our genes were mostly frozen around the time that our brains became
capable of exchanging replicators.

(Or, if you prefer punctuated equillibrium, go read "Darwin's Radio" by
Greg Bear. Great novel, don't believe a word of it ;-)

-- Charlie

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