The evolution of man towards Cyborg took a huge step forward this week with a couple of new events. In the first, University of Chicago geneticist Bruce Lahn has discovered that human genes are still evolving and much more rapidly than people thought possible. His research has found genes that have evolved to cope with cultural needs that are only a couple of thousand years old like milk consumption for example. While this still seems like a long time ago, it's much more recent than the 100 thousand years previously thought to have been the end of homo sapiens evolution. We may be evolving now, our genes could be adapting to Continuous Partial Attention.
The second and potentially juicier development is that European researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry have managed to fuse brain cells onto silicon microchips, creating neurochips and paving the way for all manner of brain mods like memory upgrades, new video cards, or a possible genius-chip.
If there's a beta program, sign me up.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Posted by Adrian at 4/12/2006 02:02:00 PM