Convergent evolution of our own and extra-terrestrial intelligence


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Date
Wednesday, April 08 2009 - 5:51 pm, PDT
Speaker
John McCarthy
Affiliation
Professor Emeritus, Computer Science Stanford University
Description

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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