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To: Zon
Great collection!

I never could completely understand exactly how the Law of Accelerating Returns obsoletes human death, but I will die trying.

46 posted on 04/18/2007 10:55:15 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

I never could completely understand exactly how the Law of Accelerating Returns obsoletes human death, but I will die trying.

When a new paradigm of a technology, for example, when vacuum-tube computers were first invented nobody knew that the next computing paradigm would be transistors. And at that new paradigm it wasn't known that silicon chip micro-processors would be the next. Now, at the cusp of the next paradigm it's three dimensional CPUs and quantum computation.

With human longevity it can't yet be predicted which exact technologies will obsolete human death. When penicillin was invented gene therapy and DNA manipulation were unknown. In biotechnology they've learned that there's a fat gene that's purpose is to store fat. It was necessary for hunter gathers because it was uncertain when the next meals would come. It's one of nature's survival mechanism. By understanding that bit of nature, conscious man is able to control it. By turning the gene off in mice they can devour large amounts of food and retain the calories but not accumulate fat. And they live twenty percent longer.

As conscious humans increasingly understand nature man increasingly controls nature.

55 posted on 04/19/2007 5:32:21 AM PDT by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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