Chapter Seven: The Internet

IX. The Role of the Internet in Human Evolution

Book One has attempted to show that the march of globalization is both unstoppable and largely beneficial, and that the Internet is already playing a key role in that process.

Books Two and Three address the difficult subject of how humans may change in the next 100 years, both in terms of their existing genetic endowment and in terms of their technological interface with the outside world.

Human evolution is certainly continuing; arguably, faster than ever, both in the strict Darwinian sense of genetic evolution, and in the more general sense of cultural and societal evolution. In Books Two and Three, the Internet, or rather the set of communications and other technologies of which it is a part, will be seen to exercise a pervasive influence on both these types of evolution.