Editor’s note: this article deserves a lot more time and attention that I have to give it at the moment. Even so, the premise is intriguing enough that I wanted to put it out there for people to pull over.
Computers, programming, virtual reality, video games, robotics, artificial intelligence; iPhones, Watson, Oculus, Tesla… are all these acts of human creativity—often made by individuals who deny God exists—really pointing toward a Creator?
Has the thought ever occurred to you that humans are very similar to computers? That you are comprised of hardware (your physical body) and software (your mental capacity); sort of like a robot with incredible artificial intelligence… only there is nothing A about the I? I’ve been thinking exactly this over the last several months and the more I think about it the more I am convinced: humans are essentially more complex, more organic and far more elegant versions of computers. And computers get made. Hear me out.
How familiar are you with the term biomimicry? Biomimicry, or biomimetics (closely related to bionics), is basically what humans call it when we copy something from nature. Biomimicry.org puts it like this: Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The Wikipedia article on biomimetics says this: Nature has solved engineering problems such as self-healing abilities, environmental exposure tolerance and resistance, hydrophobicity, self-assembly, and harnessing solar energy.
If you’re quite interested in this subject, check out Michael Pawlyn’s 2010 TED talk called “Using nature’s genius in architecture.” It lays out three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops and drawing energy from the sun.
A quick Google of biomimicry will reveal a smattering of technologies and “breakthroughs” humans are trying to glean from nature. But in my mind, computers are the ultimate form of biomimicry.
If this then that—popularized by the app/service of the same name—is what our world runs on. Not just the “modern” world with it’s assorted gadgetry and engineering, but the world in general and the universe at large. Coding is at the heart of it all. If you’ve never learned how to program, one of the first things a new student learns is how to compose an operation along the lines of IF THIS happens THEN do THAT. For example: IF a ...