In “Prey,” the concept of multi agent evolutionary programs, usually used for solving computational problems, is used to convey his standpoint of the negative unpredictability of our technology. Crichton proposes the concept of emergent behavior in distributed parallel processing systems with evolutionary capabilities, which multiple programs run to solve a goal but however begin to produce unpredictable behavior and lose track of their goal. (125-126) In “Prey,” Crichton portrays the behavior of the nanoswarm becoming dangerous as it began to use living organisms as biological hosts for nanobot producing bacteria. Furthermore, Crichton compares this behavior to such occurrences such as “computer viruses” and the production n of a “devastatingly lethal virus by Australian researchers in 2001.”(xi) Although Crichton provides thorough points concerning the negatives of emergent behavior and technology, he also within his own text provide controls...
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“Prey” is truly an intriguing insight on a possible scenario of unregulated nanotechnology, however Crichton’s biased perspectives of aforementioned evolutionary programs and nanotechnology contributed to deterred research in the field. Although, technological advancement may cause harm without caution, it should not be a hindrance to advancements that can further capitulate the creation of beneficial technologies. Furthermore, to advance from past mistakes, requires not only building from those mistakes but making our own mistakes to further capitulate progress. Although new programs are capable of highly complex functions, treating artificially created systems as self-aware or equated to human intelligence would not correctly represent a program’s lack of complete creativity and introspection compared to humans.
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