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Rusto
BRONZE Member since Nov 2005

Rusto

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Location: Gold Coast, Qld

Total posts: 47
Posted:ubbloco I don't know if the following is depressing or not, but I am looking at my toaster in a new light ubblol

The first users of tools were not men a fact appreciated only in the last year or two but prehuman anthropoids; and by their discovery they doomed themselves. For even the most primitive of tools, such as a naturally pointed stone that happens to fit the hand, provides a tremendous physical and mental stimulus to the user. He has to walk erect; he no longer needs huge canine teeth since sharp flints can do a better job and he must develop manual dexterity of a higher order.

These are the specifications of Homo sapiens; as soon as they start to be filled, all earlier models are headed for rapid obsolescence. To quote Prof. Sherwood Washburn of the University of Californias anthropology department: It was the success of the simplest tools that started the whole trend of human evolution and led to civilisations of today.

Note that phrase the whole trend of human evolution. The old idea that man invented tools is therefore a misleading half truth; it would be more accurate to say that tools invented Man. They were very primitive tools, in the hands of creatures who were little more than apes. Yet they led to us and to the eventual extinction of the ape-man who first wielded them.

Now the cycle is about to begin again, but neither history or prehistory ever exactly repeats itself, and this time there will be a fascinating twist in the plot. The tools that the ape-man invented caused them to evolve in to their successor, Homo sapiens. The tool we have invented in the latter part of the twentieth century is our successor. Biological evolution has given way to a far more rapid process technical evolution. To put it bluntly and brutally, the machine is going to take over.

Greetings carbon based Bipeds
Arthur C. Clarke


Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
A bowl of soup with some one you love is better than steak with some one you hate. Proverbs 15, 17

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Rusto
BRONZE Member since Nov 2005

Rusto

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Location: Gold Coast, Qld

Total posts: 47
Posted:A super hero twirler in spandex, what could you name him/her wow biggrin

Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
A bowl of soup with some one you love is better than steak with some one you hate. Proverbs 15, 17

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Sethis
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Sethis

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Location: York University

Total posts: 1762
Posted:Written by: Stone

Perhaps we should start the spandex challenge.




No. We really shouldn't. REALLY shouldn't. rolleyes

See my previous post... biggrin


After much consideration, I find that the view is worth the asphyxiation.
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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:No, we really shouldn't. Just remember I never said it would look pretty biggrin

If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:oh oh! anyone seen ghost in the Shell 2? a top anime look at the complexities of ethics and morals in relation to cyborg, transhuman, virtual, simulated and artificial intelligence. A bit hard to follow and very Japanese. I think I might need to see it a few times to really get it fully.

Beautiful artwork too.


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jeff(fake)


jeff(fake)

Scientist of Fortune
Location: Edinburgh

Total posts: 1189
Posted:I've seen it but only once and on a laptop monitor and can't remember much (there was a dobermann).

According to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Dynamics, we may already be making love right now...

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