June 10 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Technology Year: General Rating: 7 Hot
“Earth now has three replicators – genes (the basis of life), memes (the basis of human culture) and temes (the basis of technology),” asserts Blackmore, “I argue that the information copied by books, phones, computers and the Internet is the beginning of this third replicator and consequent new evolutionary process.”
The concept is important because it bridges the gap between ideas and technology and lays the foundation for more formalized understanding of what technology is and how it operates.
Here’s her recent TED presentation on the topic:
What’s the future significance? Blackmore happens to think that as we automate temetic processes we could be creating a computational system that ultimately usurps us.
“At the moment temes still need us, but if teme machines became self-replicating then we humans would be redundant and they could carry on without us. ... If anything of our civilisation is to survive then either we have to ensure that climate change and environmental degradation do not kill us off, or self-replicating teme machines must appear before this happens.”