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Journal Article

Human Evolution in the Age of the Intelligent Machine

William I. McLaughlin
Leonardo
Vol. 17, No. 4 (1984), pp. 277-287
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1575105
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1575105
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

A systems analysis of the future evolution of man can be conducted by analyzing the biological material of the galaxy into three subsystems: man, intelligent machines and intelligent extraterrestrial organisms. A binomial interpretation is applied to this system wherein each of the subsystems is assigned a designation of success or failure. For man the two alternatives are, respectively, 'decline' or 'flourish', for machine they are 'become intelligent' or 'stay dumb', while for extraterrestrial intelligence the dichotomy is that of 'existence' or 'nonexistence'. The choices for each of three subsystems yield a total of eight possible states for the system. The relative lack of integration between brain components makes man a weak evolutionary contestant compared to machines. It is judged that machines should become dominant on Earth within 100 years, probably by means of continuing development of existing man--machine systems. Advanced forms of extraterrestrial intelligence may exist but are too difficult to observe. The prospects for communication with extraterrestrial intelligence are reviewed.

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