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James Lovelock predicts the Anthropocene may quickly be replaced by the Novacene


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Humans are our planet's only intelligent, self-aware species.

Intelligent machines could change that, perhaps in our own lifetimes.

Not long after that, Homo sapiens could vanish from Earth entirely.

So says James Lovelock, British futurist, in his book, Novacene.

Cyborgs are the self-sufficient, self-aware descendants of today’s robots and AI systems.

Cyborgs will easily become a million times smarter than we are.

With no need for oxygen or water, they might decide to remake Earth’s ecosystem.

Lovelock hopes that they appreciate us in much the way that we appreciate plants.

He doesn't think humans will merge with technology (Kurzweil style)

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Originator of Gaia theory and inventor of the electron capture detector