Dennis Núñez-Fernández

BSc in Electronic Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI)

The human being and their vulnerable existence

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By: Dennis Núñez-Fernández, January 2020.

Human beings are vulnerable to all kinds of factors, both within the world and outside it. Internal causes can be world overheating, global natural disasters, a nuclear disaster, and external causes can be the impact of a celestial body or the collapse of our own star, the Sun.

Humans live a short time throughout a large universe.

And what about the human ability to perceive reality? We must not forget that humans are limited by their sensory receptors, that is, the reality we perceive is created in our mind.

What is the ultimate purpose of every human? Is it to survive? That may be a good answer. But I believe that there is a reason of greater order that prevails in humanity: to leave a mark on its own existence.

When thinking about our vulnerability, and without thinking that the human being is the center of the universe, a question that comes to my mind is the following: Does any civilization exist with a primitive or superior form of life than ours? Here I recall Drake's formula of equation, conceived by SETI radio astronomer and institute president Frank Drake in 1961 [1].

Will the future of humans be to build self-replicating machines and thus ensure their survival in the universe? One of the people who suggested the idea of self-replicating machines was John von Neumann [2].


[1] Drake, F. (1965) The radio search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. In Current Aspects of Exobiology, edited by G. Mamikunian and M.H. Briggs, Pergamon, New York, pp. 323–345..

[2] Von Neumann, John; Burks, Arthur W. (1966), Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. (Scanned book online), University of Illinois Press, retrieved 2017-02-28.