Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Theory of Technological Evolution..

What could be the first thing we recollect when we hear the word –Evolution, yes Charles Darwin and his studies on this wonderful topic. We can rest assure that these laws of Evolution are still being taught in schools today. Lets all salute to the wonderful insights and thought processes Darwin’s theory has given us.

My discussion here is to stress the relevance evolution has on our day-to-day lives. Evolution is the art of inheriting capabilities from a person and then adding value to it. According to Darwin, Inheritance came only from parents ie genetic. We mold out to be better than our ancestors. We start out from where they left out. So the theory of Evolution holds good there, not just to the humans but to all creatures of the planet.

According to his theory - "Natural selection acts to preserve and accumulate minor advantageous genetic mutations. Suppose a member of a species developed a functional advantage (it grew wings and learned to fly). Its offspring would inherit that advantage and pass it on to their offspring. The inferior (disadvantaged) members of the same species would gradually die out, leaving only the superior (advantaged) members of the species”.

The technological version of this theory can be thought about as “A doctor having years of experience and extended hours of research trying to pass on this developed skill to his son/daughter – and in most cases failing miserably”.

Unfortunately this theory was incapable of explaining the technological revolution. Had humans believed to this theory only – and was not ready to learn from people outside their family – we would have been living today just like the people were 2000 years ago. The Theory Of Technological Evolution applies to only humans and creatures that can communicate.

The first theory states that “we advance in technology by speeding up the communication process; we need to speed up the messages we receive as well as promulgate" Imagine the same doctor “He becomes a doctor because he was ready to learn from another doctor, and he keeps the flame burning by teaching the same thing to the next generation”. Now if we can speed up the learning and teaching process we can have more doctors around.

The second theory states that “The follower always become better than the leader – however small the fraction is”. The person, who learns from the teacher, ultimately becomes more powerful and influential than him. There is no better day than today to be a follower; you are surely going to outgrow your teacher. The doctor outgrows his mentor, by applying his teachings – he also discovers better technologies and innovations.

The third theory states that “these two theories work for anyone independent of the technological hierarchy” For the Darwin theory of evolution worked when there established blood relationships. However there are no relationships of any kind between the learners and teacher for technological transfer to take place. This gives us the freedom for independent technological transfer ie. Any person can decide what he wants to be, and start to learn the required. We have a choice to be a doctor, engineer etc.

The 3 theories of evolution are very much stronger than we can conceive. This is the secret to why man has learned to conquer any challenges that comes his way. We are entering into a very powerful era called the information age where the speed with which technology multiplies is going to increase – that gives us all the same window of opportunity – to survive or to succeed.

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