Get Ready for the Robot Explosion

Technology is developing fast enough to unseat humans as the dominant species.

Soon to be smarter than you.

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About 542 million years ago, something weird and profound happened on Earth. Quite abruptly, life went inventively crazy, proliferating from simple, rudimentary single-cell organisms into myriad multicellular forms. Evolution discovered the idea of more sophisticated and specialized cells, and most of the basic body plans we know today. Biologists call it the Cambrian explosion.

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