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Say I have a person who is fond of change/prone to progress or a technology that is designed to be easily changed and improved. What is an adjective I can use to describe both or either one of them?

I am trying list the advantages of synthetic organisms and want to express that they can easily improve themselves over a short period of time, as opposed to humans.

Usage:

The key advantages of synthetic organisms are lack of emotions, apathy, ruthless pragmatism, exponential learning and [the fact that they are easy to improve]

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I believe you example requires a noun rather than an adjective as you requested:

The key advantages of synthetic organisms are lack of emotions, apathy, ruthless pragmatism, exponential learning and updatability.

updatability

The condition of being updatable Wiktionary

updatable (adj.)

That may be updated. OED

update (v.)

Make (something) more modern or up to date. Oxford Languages

If you update something, you make it more modern, usually by adding new parts to it or giving new information. Collins


Each prospective logic agent is equipped with a knowledge base and a moral theory as its initial updatable state Robert Trappl; A Construction Manual for Robots' Ethical Systems

Buy services instead of products—such as leasing services for office equipment, so manufacturers will produce durable, updatable products, rather than ones that are obsolete in a few years. Joanna Yarrow; How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The objectives in sustainable product design in the Finnish manufacturing industry are seen as making products modular and updatable. Günther Seliger; Sustainable Manufacturing

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Lexico has a word that is applicable to people and to technology:

adaptable
ADJECTIVE

1 Able to adjust to new conditions.
rats are highly adaptable to change

1.1 Able to be modified for a new use or purpose.
telephone links that are adaptable for modems

The example could be

The key advantages of synthetic organisms are lack of emotions, apathy, ruthless pragmatism, exponential learning and adaptability.

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Two ideas have to be combined in this adjective, the possibility of being improved and the easiness of any improvement; it is not likely that such a term exists. However a combination of words is possible.

(vocabulary) meliorative adjective tending to ameliorate
synonyms: ameliorating, ameliorative, amelioratory
bettering
changing for the better

  • The key advantages of synthetic organisms are lack of emotions, apathy, ruthless pragmatism, exponential learning and their being readily meliorative.
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If something has lots of room for improvement then it has not yet reached its optimal point of development . You could say “and their low level of initial optimization” or “and their sub-optimal initial state.”

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