It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into oblivion. Instead of silicon assistants we’ll build silicon assassins.
Or at least, that’s the idea more and more theorists are pursuing as they search for better descriptions of the laws that govern our Universe. Could particles, energy, space and time, even the entire multiverse, really be just a bunch of bits?
In addition to its vast patchwork of languages, cultures and religions, the Indian subcontinent also harbours a huge genetic diversity, second to Africa alone. The question of the origin of all this is an area of heated controversy, not only among scientists, but also among the peoples concerned.