Re: What will be the next evolution of life???

I don't really think there is a 'next' evolution.  Evolution is a process; it is always occurring.

 But setting semantics aside, I think I understand the question.  There will essentially be two overriding factors in the future. 

1) There will be another, more dynamic Enlightenment, in fact it may be happening now.  It may seem hokey, but there will be a great consilience of knowledge.  Knowledge is evolving the same way as the corporeal world, except that it is happening exponentially.  It seems as though our (read - human) science, technology, and understanding of the world is doubling every few years.   On top of this, the lines that so rigidly seperated areas of knowledge and creativity (i.e. physics, chemistry, psychology, art, etc) are being broken.  The really interesting part will be when we have a better grasp on what consciousness is, it's role in the world, and if it is something we can tap into.  In other words, is consciousness (in terms of computer science) like a client-server relationship - consciousness being the server, and each human being a client connecting? Or is consciousness something that is just a by-product of chemical, electrical, and organic compounds working together locally?  This brings me to my second point...

2) The 'next evolution of life' will be directly brought on by humans, and the robotics industry will be the vehicle.   It will start, and actually has started, as a melding of organics and robotics (I hate the word, but - cyborgs).  Eventually, if, and this is a huge 'if' that depends on part one, artificial intelligence is created, it will be the next phase.  Full blown, conscious robots.  They can expand and habitate the whole solar system and beyond.  They can survive a myriad of circumstances that humans can not endure.  They will not drain resources.  They will essentially be super-human.  The perfect replacement for humans.  All in the evolution of intelligence.

Big Think Edge
  • The meaning of the word 'confidence' seems obvious. But it's not the same as self-esteem.
  • Confidence isn't just a feeling on your inside. It comes from taking action in the world.
  • Join Big Think Edge today and learn how to achieve more confidence when and where it really matters.
  • Bad outcomes get criticized as evidence of bad decisions, but that's not necessarily so.
  • Here, poker pro Annie Duke desribes a simple thought experiment that separates decisions from outcomes.
  • It is quite possible to make a very good decision that, due to external factors, results in a bad outcome.

Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold '’Em

Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold '’Em [Annie Duke, John Vorhaus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ask the great poker players how they'd play a hand and the answer is always, It depends. That answer can be infuriating. But guess what? It really does depend. The key to becoming a great poker player is in knowing exactly what it depends on. At last there's a book that gives you that answer. Poker is a game of so many variables: table position

Futuristic inventions and emerging technologies that will change the world

What do the inventions of the future look like?

(Photo Credit: Rick Guidice/NASA)
Technology & Innovation
  • Self-sustaining space colonies and unlimited fusion energy would bring humanity to a new point in our evolution.
  • Flying cars and robot butlers could be the next paradigm shift in our tech appetite for change.
  • Death and consensus reality might soon become obsolete.
Keep reading Show less

To boost your self-esteem, write about chapters of your life

If you're lacking confidence and feel like you could benefit from an ego boost, try writing your life story.

Personal Growth

In truth, so much of what happens to us in life is random – we are pawns at the mercy of Lady Luck. To take ownership of our experiences and exert a feeling of control over our future, we tell stories about ourselves that weave meaning and continuity into our personal identity.

Keep reading Show less