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Super You: How Technology is Revolutionizing What It Means to Be Human by Sean Carruthers, Kay Svela Walker, Andy Walker

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1. The Emergence of (You) the Human Machine

An Extremely Brief History of How Apes Got Smart and Replaced Evolution with Technology

Once upon a time, 3.5 billion years ago, there was this group of amino acids—a bunch of molecules made of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen—that assembled themselves into DNA—deoxyribonucleic acid.

That ancient chemical miracle was the beginning of you. And me. And all living things.

For the unacquainted, DNA is found in every living cell and is the blueprint for life. That elemental fabric of life allows for simple cells to form. And in turn they have gotten more complex over generations—from a few simple-celled critters to various generations of complex beasties—sponges, fish, lizards, and furry things that looked like ...

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