The (Diminishing) Future of Natural Selection

"There is one living spirit, prevalent over this world ... which assumes a multitude of forms according to subordinate laws." - Charles Darwin

When we look at technology in its many forms it ultimately indulges a reality of change toward advancement. When we, as humans, began using tools to forge new abilities, we took one step beyond what 'natural selection' had offered us by alleviating needs to overcome certain pertinent situational circumstances.

Whether it be weapons, scissors, or the wheel, tools have become a staple to mankind's survival. We might conclude that technology is defined as the evolution of tools to enhance humankind's abilities.

Perhaps initially, though when dissecting the confines by which natural selection operates, we could argue that evolution would be nature's form of technology and likewise technology is evolution's solution that wins-out natural selection. Suffice to say, rather, since humans themselves are all-natural - in a way, it's as if evolution naturally invented 'technology' by means of humans as a natural tool of advancement.

The reason that it's difficult to take this perspective is because we, as humans, are the ones mediating and inventing these tools, whereas nature no longer plays as forthcoming role in the process of advancement.

What some may not realize is that it is within human intention to promote all things natural. A common view in the world today is that technology competes with nature. On the contrary, ecological 'technological' solutions are being conceived every day that support the stability, growth, and survival of life on our planet. Even technologies seemingly unrelated can contribute in some way.

For instance, though we may reprimand television, technologically, it's a form of communication and allows us to peer through the window of nature as being a victim of humankind. This in turn evokes the responses of viewers to act more ecologically sound. Though we may find in our current state of affairs that capitalism hinders ecological advancement, this is an err of ideology, which is a form of technology, and in fact not technology itself.

If we view ideology as a technology, we can realize that it's still in an infantile state as we still experience conflicts on many levels with regards to war, politics, and the effects of capitalism on our environment. A sufficiently advanced ideology should not experience conflict in any way except in its inception with regards to resistance to change.

What if we instead propose that nature, albeit in many forms, has in fact approached a point wherein a new form of advancement has been reached? This is what we refer to as 'technology'.

"In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment." - Charles Darwin

If we examine the processes of natural advancement and technological advancement, both the processes can be summerized as follows:

  1. The presence of a lesser-hap exists, whether realized or not. A change becomes realized - through deviation, or, for technology: a realization of a solution occurs.
  2. The change becomes implemented.
  3. The implementation becomes widely adapted. Each step reliant on the previous, this proposes that a complete advancement cannot occur without reaching the 4th step.
  4. This is what I refer to as the pattern of a 'remedy', wherein, a remedy encompasses not just a solution, but its implementation and adaptation. Additionally, a 'remedy' doesn't imply that there was a problem in the first place, but simply that there is a more adapted way of doing things. As such, 'remedy' is synonymous with 'advancement', and a stable remedy cannot occur if:
    • The solution is no more optimal than the previous state of affairs.
    • There is no solution.
    • There is no discovery or optimal realization.
    • The implementation never occurs.
    • The adaptation never occurs.

When comparing natural selection to technology, a remedy can be advanced toward in a way that prior may have taken millions of years, but instead can occur in just a few years - even ideally, within one generation.

Further, with the approach of technological advancement, we can look at any topic as a technology, even the topic of advancement itself. As such, the primary focus of this 'meta-technology' should in fact be:

  • Discovery
  • Formalization
  • Implementation
  • Adaptation

In order for this meta-technology to advance requires that we look at the pattern of remedy as a the formalization of a technology just like all that it encompasses. What this means is that technological advancement is itself an ideology, and likewise, we need to view this ideology as a form of technology.

This isn't hard considering that an ideology follows the same remedial constructs as any other form of technology and it's adaptation. Meaning, an ideology is a form of an "invisible invention", a formalization of beliefs or theory based on observation, proofs, and conclusions.

With this, an advanced ideology of technology could exhibit these qualities in order to support the process of discovery, formalization, implementation, and adaptation:

  • Independent of all other ideologies. (For example, religious, enterprise, or political ideologies.)
  • Conflicts with other ideologies become minimal, allowing people to carry their own cultural values and beliefs.
  • Supportive of one-global view.
  • Conducive to one-individual view.
  • Must be actively maintained by a community, putting control in the hands of the people at large.
  • Allows any individual to be empowered to change the world. The community must be global and have open-unhindered communications and debates, supporting complete transparency while not being inclusive or exclusive.
  • Requires that we can identify and appropriate issues of corruption.
  • Must be free of resistances to advancement, unless it is the decision of the whole to do so for the greater good.
  • Most importantly, it must proactively induce adaptation and progressiveness toward all the above qualities while still being subject to later changes and adaptations.

Though the ideology doesn't necessarily need to be structured and apparent to anyone, we can instead simply build tools to manifest it. For example, by implementing opensource web applications and community tools, we could supply the needed capabilities to the populous without need for adaptation.

Suppose the following is a start:

  • Communications platforms.
  • Community-driven project implementation.
  • Wikis to support information sharing.
  • The ability to collaborate openly on the development on all of the above.

With the creation and usage of opensource tools, we're handing the community the ability to single-handedly build the tools for support of discovery, formalization, implementation, and adaptation.

This means that—in application—the ideology builds the tools and the tools support the ideology. Further, private use of these opensource applications can gain an organization the ability to forge their own ideology and tools for their own advancement.

Bobby Larson

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