We shouldn’t fix everything (even if we could)

While tech billionaires set out to cure disease and save the world, Jim Kozubek argues that “making ourselves too perfect could mean our doom”.

Why fix everything?

“In evolution everything is grasping for its purpose.”

In a recent Aeon article (Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise)  he points out that humans are not machines to be bug fixed and optimised.  Genetic variation is important and brings long term benefits.

“In evolution, everything is grasping for its purpose. Parts that break down can become the next best thing.” Jim Kozubek

Brain re-wired

New Brains from old

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

The title doesn’t really do the article justice –  the theme Harris is proposing is that  “technology is changing the structure of our brains” ! ! !   On the other hand, and Harris does acknowledge this – our brains are designed to be changed.  In many ways that is what is so unique about our brains (and perhaps what gave us the edge over the Neanderthal brain).  In fact this very plasticity that may account for the rise and evolution of speech and language as a result of developing technological prowess (knapping stone tools).  So adaptation to the internet may  be a good thing freeing our brains from having to remember a lot of stuff and allowing new modes of thinking.  Who knows, with brains like ours, our intellectual evolution isn’t over, and may yet  give us an advantage over the fast evolving AI threat.