engineering evolution

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Ghost Fragment: Exo

- which in the end is just a matter of substrate chauvinism. It doesn’t matter if the system thinks with flesh or superconductor or topological braids in doped metallic hydrogen, as long as the logic is the same. And our logic is the same. Yours and mine.

If I am a machine then so are you. If you are not a machine then neither am I. Exo minds are human. It is incontrovertible.

You understand? I’m going to take that slack-jawed stare as understanding.

Now here’s the real question. Why are Exo minds human? What’s the design imperative? Why does a war machine - yes, absolutely, I am a war machine, built by human hands; and you are a survival machine built by the engine of evolution. Don’t interrupt me.

Why does a war machine have emotions? Why should a war machine have awareness? These are not useful traits on the battlefield. Don’t flatter yourself. They are not useful. So why should the Exo mind mimic the human architecture so closely?

You know what I smell on you? I smell the stink of anthropocentrism. I think you think that there’s only one way to think. That’s why the Exo mind is so human, you presume. Because all higher thought converges.

My friend, you should meet the Vex. There is nothing human in them.

Now. This is what I believe happened, back in the time before any Exo can remember. It explains everything.

I think someone wanted to live forever.

The Pagani Zonda Revolución “The Endgame” is the evolution of the species and the revolution in the concept of art applied to pure speed.

The Pagani Zonda Revolución 1 of 5 units worldwide is the apex of the celebration of performance, technology and art applied to a track car. Horacio Pagani and his team have created a car designed to amaze both on the track and in a car collection.
The central monocoque is carbon-titanium, the needle on the scale stops at 1070kg. The Mercedes-AMG engine is an evolution of the Zonda R powerplant. The 6.0L V12 now develops an output of 800HP and 730Nm of Torque, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 748HP per tonne.
The 6 speed magnesium transversal and sequential gearbox changes gears in 20ms. The traction control developed by Bosch with 12 different settings and the renewed ABS system, allows the driver to adapt the behavior of the car to his driving style.

The Zonda R program has always represented the highest expression of the technology at Pagani Automobili.

The aerodynamics feature important innovations, like new deflectors on the front bonnet, as well as a vertical stabilizer mounted on the rear bonnet. Pagani Zonda Revolución also features a DRS (Drag-Reduction-System) on the rear wing. The system has two different operating modes, both can be activated by the driver at any time. The manual system is controlled with the DRS button on the steering wheel.
The rear wing changes between maximum and minimum downforce settings, at the occurrence of a lateral acceleration of + / - 0.8 g and a minimum speed of 100 km / h. Holding down the DRS for more than two seconds engages the DRS to work automatically according to the algorithms developed by the Pagani Automobili engineers during the development phase. The result is a car that is always fast, a strong performer able to take on any circuit in the world.

Mercedes-AMG M120 V12 engine 6.0L 800HP and 730Nm of Torque. Handcrafted by Michael Kübler @f1mike28 in Germany Affalterbach.
Driving Performance is our Passion! Mercedes-AMG the Performance Brand from Mercedes-Benz and Exclusive Partner of Pagani Automobili.

GHOST FRAGMENT: EXO

- which in the end is just a matter of substrate chauvinism. It doesn’t matter if the system thinks with flesh or superconductor or topological braids in doped metallic hydrogen, as long as the logic is the same. And our logic is the same. Yours and mine.

If I am a machine then so are you. If you are not a machine then neither am I. Exo minds are human. It is incontrovertible.

You understand? I’m going to take that slack-jawed stare as understanding.

Now here’s the real question. Why are Exo minds human? What’s the design imperative? Why does a war machine - yes, absolutely, I am a war machine, built by human hands; and you are a survival machine built by the engine of evolution. Don’t interrupt me.

Why does a war machine have emotions? Why should a war machine have awareness? These are not useful traits on the battlefield. Don’t flatter yourself. They are not useful. So why should the Exo mind mimic the human architecture so closely?

You know what I smell on you? I smell the stink of anthropocentrism. I think you think that there’s only one way to think. That’s why the Exo mind is so human, you presume. Because all higher thought converges.

My friend, you should meet the Vex. There is nothing human in them.

Now. This is what I believe happened, back in the time before any Exo can remember. It explains everything.

I think someone wanted to live forever. 🔲

It’s always been problematic to talk about the liberation of women because that presupposes that we know what women are. If both women and men have been organised into the forms we currently take, then we don’t want to liberate what we are now, if you see what I mean … It’s not a question of liberation so much as a question of evolution – or engineering. There’s a gradual re-engineering of what it can be to be a woman and we don’t yet know what it is. We have to find out.
—  Sadie Plant, ‘Binary Sexes, Binary Codes’, 3 June 1996, at future-nonstop.org
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The Strandbeest: Art and Engineering.

Created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, the Strandbeest is created by rudimentary objects such as PVC piping, wood and sails and contains no electrical or motorised parts; it is instead powered by the wind. 

The Strandbeest has steadily evolved into more complex working structures. Some even having the ability to store wind power in the absence of a breeze, being able to nail pins into the sand when wind power becomes too great, and even sensing when they have entered the water or encountered an object so they can then avoid the obstruction. 

Theo Jansen is ever improving and changing these creatures, and does have a final plan for them saying: “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives”.

(Youtube)

Alien Genetic Engineers?


There is this theory that Human beings were “engineered” by extraterrestrials who took ape DNA and “improved” it to make humans. Knowing engineers like I do I could almost believe this. Often engineers are required by management to rework an existing design to serve a different purpose than that of the original design. Often these demands are made on the fly on a limited budget and in a hurry. That is when we get the “quick and dirty fix”.

Humans are poorly engineered. In our upright stance our genitals and throat are exposed to an enemy. Our feet are not designed for constant walking and, as any infantryman can tell you walking hurts like hell. We have redundant parts like a vestigial tail, tonsils and an appendix which serve no good purpose. Our teeth wear out too soon. Our eyesight fails too soon. Our backs cannot bear our weight any more than our feet can. Most of all our heads are too damn big. They are so big that often mothers die in childbirth as the result of this poor engineering.

So, I conclude that we were designed by the lowest bidder on a government contract.

nytimes.com
The Risks of Assisting Evolution
Modifying genes can help species adapt, but could also destroy them.
By Elizabeth Alter

The Op-Ed pieces introduces us to some of the newer technology being used by researchers to fiddle with the genes of living creatures. The technology being used, including one called Crispr-Cas9, give humans the ability to engineer evolution. Will we use these technologies for “the good?” Or will we, intentionally or not, spark an ecological catastrophe?

Excerpt:

These new tools are much more precise and easy to use than past versions. Researchers can cut and paste DNA into just about any animal, plant or fungus. Whereas modified genes were once likely to be stamped out if by chance they made it into the wild, today’s technologies can supercharge a genetic chain reaction: A technique called “gene drive” ensures a modified gene will be inherited with nearly 100 percent success. This is valuable in making sure that a desirable new gene, like one resistant to the malaria parasite, spreads once introduced into a mosquito population. It also means a mistake can’t easily be taken back.

As scientists, policy makers and citizens, we need to start debating how much genetic tinkering we should allow in the wild and what regulations need to be in place. On the one hand, these new tools could help us cope with many risks to humans and animals, including climate change. Coral could be buffered against warming ocean water through the introduction of heat-tolerant genes. Genes from successful species could be used to help rescue imperiled ones. The method could be used as a form of molecular CPR, helping species adjust to our changed planet more quickly than they could on their own.

But the ecological risks of these manipulations are real and poorly understood. We can’t fully predict the consequences of releasing self-propagating genes into the wild.

- which in the end is just a matter of substrate chauvinism. It doesn’t matter if the system thinks with flesh or superconductor or topological braids in doped metallic hydrogen, as long as the logic is the same. And our logic is the same. Yours and mine.

If I am a machine then so are you. If you are not a machine then neither am I. Exo minds are human. It is incontrovertible.

You understand? I’m going to take that slack-jawed stare as understanding.

Now here’s the real question. Why are Exo minds human? What’s the design imperative? Why does a war machine - yes, absolutely, I am a war machine, built by human hands; and you are a survival machine built by the engine of evolution. Don’t interrupt me.

Why does a war machine have emotions? Why should a war machine have awareness? These are not useful traits on the battlefield. Don’t flatter yourself. They are not useful. So why should the Exo mind mimic the human architecture so closely?

You know what I smell on you? I smell the stink of anthropocentrism. I think you think that there’s only one way to think. That’s why the Exo mind is so human, you presume. Because all higher thought converges.

My friend, you should meet the Vex. There is nothing human in them.

Now. This is what I believe happened, back in the time before any Exo can remember. It explains everything.

I think someone wanted to live forever.