The Evolution of Mathematics: Challenges Ahead
We all know the prevailing theory of human evolution that we were the direct descendants of early Paranthropus longipesi, a dinosaur discovered in the Permian period. We all know there are fundamental differences between the 200 million years before that time and the 50 million year period since. No one really knows the entirety of why evolution is seemingly happening with such strange pace as it is.
But when you look at the evolution of the human brain and psychology, most people point to the time when we started to develop programming as brains started to develop neural pathways that helped us reach higher levels of consciousness, much like computers do today. And while they may be able to tick the same boxes in a calculation, they simply won’t be able to solve the same problem or comprehend a situation in a similar way as people do today.
Education is also considered one of the primary reasons for this, just as computers and the web played a major role in the evolution of many economies today. People who were able to improve their math skills, spend more time with computers, were more creative and more proactive.
Even if there are some practical economic factors at play, the most powerful factor contributing to an increased level of mathematical understanding is our innate motivation to learn.
The Positive Side of Mathematicians
In actuality, we tend to underestimate how crucial mathematics is to not only our society but most of the animals on Earth. We still very much look to our parents for guidance, and it can be argued that children who have no idea what a PhD stands for, or how an expense is calculated are less likely to complete their education and become the scientists and mathematicians that the world needs, such as Mathematician who revolutionized the field of agriculture. Mathematicians can help to regenerate crops, create propulsion technologies, develop new drugs and even predict weather patterns and help humans, and the animals on Earth, avoid diseases.
Mathematicians also play a huge role in every area of society today; they’re changing how we’re able to compute. A simple example is the speed at which we create large files, which has been revolutionized by the storage and transport of data electronically by traditional or quasi-obsolete methods. At some point in the future, this will be paperless, allowing for the creation of large files and images in seconds instead of the current years it takes to build them from scratch.
And according to research released earlier this year, this type of speed can help to accelerate our application of science. The key factors in this is the new emerging technology called accelerated physics.
This is predicted to fundamentally change the way scientists and engineers approach problems and how they learn from them and improve their techniques. It could also help break new ground in the field of big data, which now involves digitally processing the massively large amounts of information created from the Internet every single day.
And while the above-mentioned changes are possible, what are we going to do if the evolution of computing slows down and there isn’t a strong demand to do new things?
If people from the past could solve problems on the same standard as we do now, our job as humans is to accelerate that evolution of our ability to solve complex problems. To build more new ideas into the way we think and build new tools that will aid in creating a future that may be ruled by artificial intelligence.
Although this is a huge shift in technology, the main thing we should be reminded of is the ability to iterate. The success of existing companies can be attributed to growing over time as well as the need to introduce new models that will stay relevant over time. The best way to think about this is to think about how much effort you put into each process. If there is too much of a premium placed on conformity or reproducibility, then you will be losing the opportunity to innovate.
Mathematics is key, because unless you know the fundamental structure of the computer, you can’t design one.