Documenting the Coming Singularity

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Five easy ways to make humans obsolete - 5.4.09 (by Michael Swaim)

From the perspective of the planet Earth, humans have existed for about three seconds. In those three seconds, we’ve made such astounding technological leaps that, at present, we actually have articles written in light, by electricity and broadcast instantaneously all over the globe, complaining about the fact that we don’t have flying skateboards yet.

Compared to the technological progress of, say, the dinosaurs during their tens of millions of years on Earth, we’re the equivalent of a guy who shows up at a party already hammered, shoots a liter of heroin and asks if they have any medical-grade adrenaline kicking around in the back. Clearly, we’re a little impatient when it comes to getting our next hit of sweet, sweet progress.

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