Are we entering a new stage of evolutionary progression? I've done some basic reading on biological evolutionary theory, and understand that species apparently take hundreds of thousands (or even millions in some cases) of years to evolve into beings. Now I'm assuming that human beings are the first species to become self-aware, and as such are able to replicate their qualities (somewhat) using technology to create a potentially more sustainable mode of existence. Now witholding the appocolyptic terminator ideas that immeadiately come to mind, I just wondering whether this new technological basis of "life" could potentially cause the evolutionary process to speed up significantly, and result in a overall improvement in species, and "life" development. I'm just interested to here what others think? Does this seem plausible, or am I just rambling incoherent gibberish (Not likely!)?