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September 24, 2018

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY VS TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION

Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process known as natural selection.

He presented evidence that the diversity of life emerged from common descent through a branching pattern of evolution.

However, most contemporary biologists considered it an extreme position, and alternatives such as variations of orthogenesis (“progressive” evolution) and saltationism (evolution by “jumps” or mutations) were discussed.

Cataloged this moment as the fourth industrial revolution, we understand that the base is based on five fundamental pillars: diversity, ubiquity, specialization, complexity, and socialization.

Within this context, we can not talk about diversity without thinking about multi-specialization as that aspect that will provide a paradigm shift in the employment of people capable of mixing in themselves the ways of thinking of diverse specialties and the different reflections of multiple experiences.

The speed of the technological changes that are happening, we advocate more mutation processes, rather than progressive adaptations. The transmutation of species is a term used in the history of biology to describe the change of one species in another.

Time is a scarce commodity and, in order not to miss the train, we must try to train at the speed of thunder, forget the cyclical concept of university career and masters to X years seen. The environment and the ecosystem have already changed and required agility, versatility, and flexibility. In 6 or 9 months, you can be prepared to mutate studying pill courses like those already offered by Google or Microsoft.

Abstracting the definition of technology to basic concepts, we can understand it as something invented after your birth, as Alana Kay says or as Danny Hillis defines, everything that does not work yet, to simplify, we would say that it is anything useful created by a human mind. EVERYTHING NEW, that necessarily does not have to be EVERYTHING GOOD.

When we face a new technology that we do not understand, the primary reaction is prevention. If we do not understand it, it is a risk, and we tend to react conservatively and reactively, instead of working proactively, favoring experimentation and, in essence, the game.

The fusion energy is a good idea if we use it for power, but a bad idea if we happen to make a nuclear bomb. All the ideas that, a priori, are born or are understood as an evil, in the process of their development will lead to good use.

Do not think about the latest wearable or the latest supersonic software. The first knife designed by the Neanderthals may be the most significant technological tool in the history of humanity.

With this type of weapons, there was an unprecedented expansion and development. It meant the extinction of almost 250 species and the conquest of the territory populated by animals at that time. Small tool, tremendous impact.

Technology, from the beginning, has shown to have the greatest power of transformation. The most potent force of change.

Kevin Kelly, founder, and CEO of Wired, has developed a theory based on observation, in which he argues that technology follows the same evolutionary pattern as biology. He defends that technology, in itself, is the phenotype of the mind, as well as the body of ideas.

While there are some differences, the evolution of technology mimics the evolution of life. The two share many traits: both evolutions move from the simple to the complex, from generalization to specialization, from uniformity to diversity, from individualism to socialization, from energy waste to efficiency and from slow change to the higher capacity for evolution.

In this sense, it can be interpreted that technology has become the seventh kingdom of life.

In addition to archaea, protists, eubacteria, fungi, plants, and animals, we now have to add what he has defined as Technium. The branches of Technium grow and proliferate out of the mind of the human animal, just as the deepest roots of the human branch developed out of bacteria.

Over time the Technium has evolved from the spear to more complex developments, such as quantum computers, genetic engineering, jet aircraft, and the World Wide Web.

Life and technology go back to a standard action. The seven realms of life share the same remarkable ability to maintain imbalance, to increase entropy, and to accelerate evolution.

As it expands, it gives way to the development of differences, diversities, options, choices, opportunities, possibilities and freedoms.

It is a way to play with the game, to evolve evolution and to experience within this infinite game of life.

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