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I live in nothing but awe of such concepts as these. Assuming that humankind survives the next couple of hundred years with our technological capacities intact, it would be naive to suggest that we are not now living the final evening of the homo sapien. The process of evolution is so over arching that once technology is factored into its mix the entire history of mankind becomes a mere homage to those first "primitive organisms ... infected by self-replicating parasites". But which way around is one best to view the dawn of this new (imagined) age?George Dyson asks: Are we learning to manipulate life or is life learning to manipulate us?
A plausible scenario for how we arrived at life as we know it is that primitive organisms were infected by self-replicating parasites, learned to adopt those self-replicating processes, and became eukaryotic cells. Now, our still-primitive life-forms have again been invaded by self-replicating parasites (a network of code-consuming and code-spewing microprocessors) and life will, once again, adopt these self-replicating processes, on its own terms, for its own ends (with our help). Life (and evolution) as we know it will never be the same.
- Link to Constructive Biology