Life is ancient, from the beginning of the Hadean period over 4.6 billion years ago nature is constantly iterating on different life forms. Species that lack the flexibility to survive fade away from the tree of life, leaving nothing but remains for the future. The ultimate cycle of life and death in human consciousness is nothing but nature’s own way to recycle resources, giving equality of life to every creature which exists or will exist. Until the dawn of humanity, evolution was a bit sluggish, nature took its time to create beings who are capable of understanding the dynamics of nature’s biology, then put that understanding into observations and recreate them. However, we are not even close to mimicking nature itself. In past decades we have achieved a lot as a species in terms of technological advancements, we now have the capacity of converting earth’s resources and creating functional tools out of it, sometimes these tools are necessities, but other times they are just iterations, a stepping stone for future development. Isn’t this similar to how nature works? One good example is how different species evolve certain characteristics that are similar in functionality, this convergence is not limited to any time period or epoch, evidently certain species possess similar characteristics but existed during different time periods, this is how people define convergent evolution. This is a good example of how biology iterates itself, regardless of the time or age, the process of evolution keeps ongoing.
If our observations and laws of physics work on the universal scale, then life, as we see now, might work in a similar way everywhere else. It follows a constant process of development, destruction, and recycling, in order to adapt itself to the surrounding environment. All the organic creatures then share a similar origin, but is there any end to evolution? Perhaps our understanding and the scope of our intelligence might not be able to answer this question of existence. But our current observations suggest that with this ever-changing universe, life always adapts itself, finding ways to flourish. So nature might not be sluggish at all, considering the scale of the observable universe, life is still an infant on earth. We as a species, are life’s offsprings, or are we nature’s iteration for a speedier evolution? If this is true then whatever we do, our consciousness might be nature’s equivalent of Asimov’s laws. That could be the reason why we feel a strong sense of responsibility towards life and all the species surrounding us, or maybe we are just selfish, trying to save ourselves from the doomsday that we created out of our thirst for knowledge and experimenting with nature. If the former is true, then our mistakes might not bother the dynamics of how nature works, because if we as a species cease to exist, nature will go on and adapt again. The cycle of recycling, on a global scale would continue, but instead of the rubbish that we created, we will be the products getting recycled. Then life will start again, not from scratch, but from its last iteration of humanity.
Perhaps the galaxy already teems with advanced life, and our descendants will “plug in” to a galactic community. — MARTIN REES
Nature created us to enhance the process of evolution, study it and improve upon the mistakes that we are making as we develop. We are slowly moving towards the singularity, a point of no return for organic intelligence, whether we want it or not, that is going to happen. We are highly dependent on technological intelligence even at this point in time, always hooked into our machines, using them to replace redundant processes, pacing up our production lines, feeding them with information to predict rational outcomes in seconds. We rely on these systems to predict where we went wrong and how we can improve upon the mistakes that we made. Until now, these systems are obedient, they lack the consciousness that we have, they are not self-aware, yet. Some people may argue that we are creating a new breed of technological slaves, but aren’t we ourselves the slaves of nature? Nature is essential for us, we are not essential for nature, we as a species are expendable.
The future will be a sight to behold, if we keep our minds open and start appreciating nature’s way of working, we can achieve excellence through a collaborative evolution that started eons ago. Even at the sight of singularity, we might be able to collaborate with our creations on a deeper level, get rid of our biological limitations, and create a whole new breed of cyber organisms. We have already started to incorporate machine intelligence into our workforces, human-machine collaboration is the next step in evolution. Whether we believe it or not, we are just tools, we are here to assist evolution in reaching a phenomenal state of existence!