We still are not close to designing any self-replicating machine. That is still pure science fiction.
That Darwinism seems even superficially plausible depends completely on the ability of living things to reproduce themselves without significant degradation.
The culture of death — the dehumanization of the vulnerable and the unwanted — is fast upon us.
“If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life which outperforms humans,” warns Stephen Hawking.
Neuroscientist Patricia Churchland cites Prairie Voles to illustrate how chemical processes inform morality. Prairie Voles with a greater number of oxytocin receptors were monogamous while those with fewer such receptors were not.