In a recent academic journal posted on the Orion magazine by Charles Mann, he mentioned that the human race, while an effective race, is successful, but as successful species, may end up destroying themselves in the process. Mann posited that the success of every species is to maintain their existence and multiply and given the current population boom of the human race, we are reaching that successful point beyond the inflection point.
Taking into consideration the entire article he wrote for the magazine, I began to wonder about the human race. The first description I understood when I first learned how to use the computer when I was young was that computers were made to break down and sooner or later, they will, no matter how much care or concern you give to them.
Mann’s description of the human race was intriguing. Any type of organism can speed up its multiplication process if it were not for the competition, environment and society that organisms had. He demonstrated this using a bacteria, on a Petri dish with seemingly infinite nourishment, can multiply and fill up the entire Petri dish quickly, and when it reaches two inflection points, namely the edge of the Petri dish or running out of resources, can easily decimate their population.
Without competition, their activity can expand quickly. One thing that sets aside humanity from other species is the ability to control the environment. We expand the environment and make use of it to our own advantage. If the planet fills up, we would devise new ways to reach other planets, make good use of resources to ensure the stability of the economy and growth and continue on, until we fill up all the planets in the world.
Will the human race last forever? Given the current predicaments, wars and mis-allocated resources, we just might have that chance. However, if success spells destruction, it would be good to say that our race is still not as successful as it is, not just yet.