Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4/8/2009 - Convergent evolution of our own and extra-terrestrial intelligence

John McCarthy, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science Stanford University

Convergent evolution is the phenomenon of two or more species of widely different origins evolving extremely similar features in response to the same environmental opportunity. Our intelligence and that of aliens with whom we might communicate are likely to have converged considerably and to converge further in the future. Much of this future convergence is likely to be artificial, i.e. electronic. Professor McCarthy will discuss some possibilities.

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