The Inevitability of Technological Progress

There is a thermodynamic equivalence to energy, mass, and information. Just as gravity acts on matter, it acts on information, too. Life is the result of this accumulation of information due to entropic forces, i.e. gravity. Throughout the history of our planet, information has been accumulating within the DNA of simple organisms, then more complex organisms, then eventually to organisms, like primates and other mammals, that can pass along information beyond their biological containers, through teaching. Then arrived humans, and they were able to pass along information at greater scales, eventually creating nonbiological systems to store information. The information age is an inevitability of natural forces of the universe outside of the control of humans themselves, even though they feel in control of this process.

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