|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Think how fast society is changing. In the 1970s when I grew up, there were not even video games. Pin-ball machines were the most advanced things. Calculators were hundreds of dollars. Now, less than 30 years later, we have fast personal computers, the web and cell phones. I guess one interpretation of the book is that the ants in the story are really like humans in their ability to adapt. As far as conputers being able to adapt like that, there are some research programs for that, but I do not think they have gotten that far. I cannot tell what the author's intentions were. It may have just been an interesting story the author wanted to tell. Or it may have been a warning.
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