The Lost Tribe Of Palau – Is the Singularity nearer than we think?

I am a big fan of documentaries and the Lost Tribe of Palau is indeed one of the most interesting documentaries in recent times.

In a nutshell, Palau is very isolated group of islands in the Pacific ocean some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo.

The Lost Tribes of Palau are the fossilised remains of a miniature, island dwelling people found on Palau. Initially, it was thought that because the people will miniature, the remains were those of ancient man. However, carbon dating revealed that the fossils were relatively young i.e. between 3000 years old and 1400 years old.

Since the last fossils were 1400 years old, the theory is: people of normal stature arrived on the island 3000 years ago and within around 1600 years, they became miniaturised due to limited resources on the island

Why is this significant?

The rate of evolution is the unique factor here i.e. nowhere do we see such a rapid rate of evolution in human beings from people of normal height to dwarfism within 1600 years (and not over millions of years as we normally see)

Now, let’s co-relate this to the idea of singularity.

The simplest description of Singularity I can find is: The singularity is the point in mankind’s future when we will transcend current intellectual and biological limitations and initiate an intelligence and information explosion beyond imagining.

This is interesting enough, but the concept of the Singularity has gained momentum due to Ray Kurzweil indicating a specific timeline for singularity, much of which within our own lifetime.

When I first read this, I was a bit sceptical since it’s one thing to say that the singularity is near but another to say that its happening in a matter of decades ..

But Palau may change that view ..

If human evolution can be so rapid, unaided, then .. maybe we could achieve super human intelligence augmented by technology and networks ..

That’s an interesting thought .. Is the Singularity nearer than we think?