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The Digital MindHow Science is Redefining Humanity$
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Arlindo Oliveira

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036030

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.001.0001

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The Red Queen’s Race

The Red Queen’s Race

(p.1) 1 The Red Queen’s Race
The Digital Mind

Arlindo Oliveira

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the idea that technology, invented millennia ago, is developing at an even increasing pace, creating the need for all systems to develop to avoid becoming obsolete. This is called the Red Queen effect. The current generation has seen the appearance and rapid development of many new technologies, from digital computers and cellular phones, to DNA sequencing and genetic engineering. However, the next decades will witness an even faster technological development, leading to the appearance of economic and social realities that we cannot even dream of. Computer technology and biotechnology will come together to create changes in society that will make the last decades look like slow-paced, in what respects technology development.

Keywords:   Technology, Digital computers, DNA sequencing, Red Queen effect, Biotechnology

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