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Resistance is futile: at 100, James Lovelock defends a cyborg future

Disclaimer: This essay was originally published on Tab UOL, in Portuguese.

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“To an extent, intentional selection is already happening, the key factor being the rapidity and longevity of Moore’s Law. We will know that we are fully in the Novacene when life forms emerge which are able to reproduce and correct the errors of reproduction by intentional selection. Novacene life will then be able to modify the environment to suit its needs chemically and physically. But, and this is the heart of the matter, a significant part of the environment will be life as it is now.”

But what is this new life for the author? Lovelock chooses the term cyborg, in the sense of a cybernetic organism, rather than the concept of android. While the latest points to a machine that looks like a human being, Lovelock prefers to use the word cyborg in its literal sense while proposing that the emergence of synthetic life will not necessarily be humanoid — in fact, they don’t even need to be, but we build them like that in order to feel more comfortable and adapted with these machines.

Brazilian journalist, MA in Semiotics and PhD candidate in Visual Arts. Head of innovation and futurism at UP Lab. Cyberpunk enthusiast and researcher.

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