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Science - Published: 16/Jul/2019 - ISBN: 9780241399361
James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun. New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos.
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