You're a Transhuman Web Surfer! Now what?
27 October 2008 (updated 27 April 2009)
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Alan Leigh pointed out to me an interesting PC Magazine review of Web Surfers Evolving into Superior Humans, a book by neuroscientist Gary Small. In the book, Small argues that contemporary infotech is affecting human evolution. That’s because it provides social selection advantages to persons adept at using technologies such as Internet searching and text messaging.
Such an observation is consistent with general Transhumanist observations. And it illustrates how even marginal advances in our technology, let alone dramatic advances in biotech or nanotech, are contributing toward environmental factors that determine fitness of individuals within their context.
So now that you, dear reader, understand that you have an evolutionary advantage, how will you use ut? Are you going to use it egotistically or altruistically? Are you going to use it to benefit yourself exclusively or all of us together? How do you spend your web surfing time?