Precambrian marine life. Source: Ghedoghedo / CC BY-SA 3.0 At certain points in prehistoric epochs, the evolution of life experienced an explosion of diversified organisms within a relatively short time. The so-called Cambrian explosion is the best-known of these diversification events. Scientists have debated the scope and possible causes for the explosion for decades. Fossil records show that between 505 and 542 million years ago, all of our existing biological taxa appeared, forever altering the global ecosystem.
AI and robotics systems may become pervasive in society in the same way. Hundreds of years in the future, historians could look back […]