The Evolution of Human Science by Ted Chiang

★★★☆☆ (3/5)

“What is the role of human scientists in an age when the frontiers of scientific inquiry have moved beyond the comprehension of humans?”

Meta-humans with super intelligence have overtaken the pursuit of scientific knowledge from humans, whilst humans have been demoted to a role of simple hermeneutics: interpreting scientific work of their superior counterparts. These super beings have also cultivated their own culture which is different from the culture in which humans thrive. Parents of meta-human babies must decide whether they are willing to integrate their offspring with other meta-humans thereby distancing themselves from their child forever or keep the child closer to humans which could be potentially crippling to its senses.

“The Evolution of Human Science” highlights the importance of making crucial decisions in face of uncertainty, especially when technology permeates every aspect of human life. In a futuristic scenario, where dynamic artificial intelligence is infused with human societies, it is plausible to assume that human forays into acquiring any kind of knowledge (be it moral or scientific) would be supplanted to some extent by the desires of super-intelligent beings. This is also an indictment of contemporary times where concentration of information has rendered data largely useless or beyond comprehension of ordinary humans.

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