I wish I could give thanks to the person who sent me this article, but I don’t remember who it was. Unto us the Machine is born, was originally published in Wired but appears now in an Australian newspaper. The essence of it is that the network (not the individual computer) is the computer and that this global network in it’s cumulative form is much like a brain. This “brain” learns and grows. Information travels throughout this global thinker from personal pc and laptop like signals travel through the synapses of the human brain. As almost all of us would attest, the net is an extension of our 21st century lives. What would signal the shift from the net being an extension of human life to humankind being an extension of the net?
Here’s a quote from the article:
“This planet-sized computer is comparable in complexity to a human brain. Both the brain and the web have hundreds of billions of neurons, or webpages. Each biological neuron sprouts synaptic links to thousands of other neurons, and each webpage branches into dozens of hyperlinks. That adds up to a trillion “synapses” between the static pages on the web. The human brain has about 100 times that number – but brains are not doubling in size every few years. The Machine is.”
- Will the “thinker” become conscious?
- If this were remotely possible, what would signal the shift from “global thinker” to “global mind”?
- The following question has never been more relevant: What do you think?
into the mystic…