Machine Generations

An interesting talk from Juan Enriquez who coins what I think is a key concept “Machine Generations”… which wasn’t the key-point of his talk, but… well, it was the first time I’ve ever heard it, or for that matter thought of it.

The thing in the picture above is an Axolotyl – South American Salamander things – I used to have pet ones when I was a kid… and I heard the other day that they’re almost extinct in the wild… which has a weird emotional stab to it.

But anyway, an interesting thing about these is that they’re Neotonistic – which is to say, they have a larval state and an adult state, but can live their entire life-cycle without ever becoming an adult, which seems kindof familiar in some ways.

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