(Lo he escrito originalmente en inglés, y me da pereza traducirlo)
Welcome Mr Robot, goodby Mr Human.
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.17.444523v1 (DiversityScanner: Robotic discovery of small invertebrates with machine learning methods)
Modestly, I am kind of skeptik. Although intellectually challenging and highly effective for practical, technical purposes, these kind of methods may ‘put on the brink of extinction’ the artisanal facet inherent to most classical taxonomy, which requires the taxonomist to have a very precise knowledge of the biological units with which he works. But anyway, I’m already too old…
In the end, the background thought may be (simplistically) posed as ‘is more speed what we need, as technocentric minds tend to assume, or is a constant, plastic re-thought of current assumptions regarding social organization, in the light of our current conception of the organization and dynamics of life and matter’? Or rather, where does the balance fall, if I can put it that way, between both positions?