Re: Thesis: Memes are DNA-Slaves

From: Philip Jonkers (P.A.E.Jonkers@phys.rug.nl)
Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 16:19:58 BST

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    Philip:
    > > You might have guessed, I'm talking about (smart,AI) computers.
    > > Susan Blackmore also makes some plausible predictions in
    > > her Meme-Machine. So does a new meme-vehicle create a new
    > > category or does it fall under the artifact category?

    Kenneth:
    > It never stops to amaze me to see how this idea pops up, but I get
    > your
    > drift.
    > IMO, I already posted some thoughts about this subject, memes will
    > evolve further, further in the way that they will stop needing genes.
    > That in a sense they will tranfer themselves into a freaking container
    > maintained by themselves. That will be no artifact, but something
    > more likely like a no÷sphere, but without its genetic compounds.
    >
    > IMO, memetic evolution does not have to rely on genes, now yes,
    > but in the future no !
    > Memes will dispurse themselves from their biological container and
    > will live their lives in a memosphere- like environment
    > A kind of new model for virtual communication will do I suppose.
    > Stopped to give the idea further thought...
    > You have to think about memes in a complete new perspective, as
    > one said " in an Derrida- like way "_ breaking with each context, and
    > a life of their own...
    >
    > But, are we memetically up for this !?

    Hi Kenneth,

    Good question. Humans and such machines will have some overlap
    in wanted resources (electricity and band-width for instance).
    This is a little chilling prospect and
    doomsday scenarios like those from The Matrix
    and Terminator I and II spring to my mind. We must put all
    our efforts in trying to contain such artificial process of
    evolution.

    Philip.

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