scientists start with a thesis.
a thesis is a set of ideas and theories laid out with the intent to prove.
we are all scientists in that we have our ideas or pre-suppositions about the way the world is and we go out the door each day prepared to prove our point.
science has held out the idea that we evolved from apes.
science has searched high and low for proof.
a hundred years or so the search has gone on.......and so far; nothing.
but science is a dogged discipline and not willing to quit, presses on, in the belief that one day the missing link will appear.
meanwhile in software developement companies something interesting is happening.
a group of people, who just happen to not be scientists, are discovering a remarkable thing.
the evolution of the ability of a device to um, work better and better all the time.
this device, or devices, is known as software........and is being allowed to run more and more of the systems that our lives depend on.
everything from hydro-electric systems to automobiles to entire manufacturing plants to weapon systems to satellites to your toaster to kids toys to cell phones.
and pretty soon, thanks to bluetooth, more and more of this stuff will become interconnected.
this process of "evolution" will not stop and it will become increasingly more complex and unpredictable.
eventually it won`t matter whether you call it "conscious" or not.
and it won`t be asking your opinion.