Man is like a flower


TECHNOLOGY: We live in MODERN TIMES where artificial intelligence evolves on its own and can become our rescue, not our death.

Steffen Moestrup
Steffen Moestrup
Moestrup is a media critic and a part-time Ph.D. student at Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: March 4, 2020
       
Novacene - The Coming of Age of Hyperintelligence
Author: James Lovelock
Penguin, UK

These weeks, another chapter of the endless Terminator film saga rolls over the cinema screen. And once again, we’re dealing with a notion of cyborgs that reminds us of humans – but who are simply superior to us in terms of strength, speed, and survivability.

But what if we dropped these cyborg clichés and instead imagined a creature that is not at all anthropomorphic. A creature that may have the form of a droplet, a sphere, or a microorganism. This being will observe us and think about us in the same way that we observe and think about a flower.

The big step has already been taken

These are the kind of thoughts James Lovelock makes in the book Novacene – The Coming of Age of Hyperintelligence. The book is something as rare as a deeply visionary work. The title refers to the age that Lovelock believes we are on the threshold of. Well, maybe the one we just entered. Prior to the Novacean era, we had the Anthropocene age, a time characterised by the human ability to influence the planet’s ecosystem. The Novacean era is a time when technology grows out of our control and where artificial …


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