Computers today are omnipresent. They have been an essential component of our work environment for decades and in the developed nations, few households lack a home computer with a high speed internet connection. Less visibly, almost all our appliances (including cameras, automobiles and elevators) incorporate computers that enhance their functionality. It is part of human… Read more The future of man – a choice between cyborg or extinction?
When Mother Nature got life started on Earth, 4.7 billion years ago, her formula was beautifully simple – she made life self-replicating according to a ‘recipe’ encoded within the cell. Her masterstroke was to make the recipe copying process almost error-proof. A very high degree of copying accuracy was needed – otherwise life would forever… Read more Is this the beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?
We think of ourselves as civilized – but what does that mean? The Romans who entertained themselves by watching Christians being thrown to lions thought that they were civilized. So did the English colonialists who kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. And are the practitioners of female genital mutilation (partial or total removal of the clitoris… Read more Future Man – and Civilization
Man’s closest relative on Earth is the chimpanzee. Our DNA is 98.5% identical. Small as it is, that difference sets us worlds apart — and evolution is widening the gap at an accelerating pace. From an evolutionary standpoint, the critical difference between us and our primate cousins is that we have achieved a level of… Read more The Future of Man – by Evolution
When I joined IBM in 1963 after realizing that the life of an accountant was not for me, I saw the beginning of the computer era. This took the form of the IBM 1401, the first generation of affordable, stored program computers. When I say “affordable,” I am speaking relatively. You could rent one for… Read more Our Computers – Successor to man?
Armstrong’s famous words as he stepped on to the moon’s surface were historic for many reasons. Above all, it was the first time in the history of our species that the world’s human population was united in pride. It was a ‘we’ event of enormous proportions. Although an American expedition, inspired in large part by the… Read more One small step for Man….