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nutsnbolts
2005-Dec-24, 10:55 AM
Nay , the embryonic fluid of such. An evolutionary step for humanity? Whadya think?

Grashtel
2005-Dec-26, 03:13 AM
Nay , the embryonic fluid of such. An evolutionary step for humanity? Whadya think?
Considering what most of the content of the 'net is I really hope not. Imagine a posthuman intelligence that's thoughts consist of mostly spam and porn with a smattering of inanity, and bizarre and mutually (and internally all too often) inconsistent ideas.

five_distinct
2005-Dec-26, 04:36 AM
Haha I can only imagine how schizophrenic a concious internet would be.

Bob Angstrom
2005-Dec-26, 07:48 AM
Considering what most of the content of the 'net is I really hope not. Imagine a posthuman intelligence that's thoughts consist of mostly spam and porn with a smattering of inanity, and bizarre and mutually (and internally all too often) inconsistent ideas.
This sounds like an extension of the human brain to me. Marshall Mcluhan explained many years ago that electronics is an extension of the nervous system and that one day the bulk of our nervous system will lie outside our bodies. I think that day has arrived.

sarongsong
2005-Dec-29, 05:43 AM
There's Princeton's EGG Project (http://noosphere.princeton.edu/story.html):

...The Global Consciousness Project (GCP), which is also called the EGG project, referring to its network of detectors, has its beginnings in a long series of coincidences that seems to manifest unusual orderliness, almost a design...The project is, simply put, an effort to detect signs of a coalescing global consciousness...

Cl1mh4224rd
2005-Dec-29, 09:32 AM
Yeah, uhh... it's called groupthink. There's no need for some sub-subconscious influence...

Maha Vailo
2005-Dec-29, 09:45 AM
Global consciousness? More like global insanity if you ask me.

- Maha "virtual insanity" Vailo

aurora
2005-Dec-30, 08:45 PM
I seem to remember reading a David Brin novel that had something like this as a theme. I don't recall the name, but maybe someone will remember which one, or I could do a search on Amazon except I'm too lazy.

Wolverine
2006-Jan-02, 01:01 PM
This looks more appropriate for BABBling than ATM. Moved.

Fraser
2006-Jan-02, 03:45 PM
The Internet is going to create something totally new. Whether it's a global consciousness, or just a really easy way to look up sports scores... we'll see how it goes in the next few years. My money's on profound impact.

aurora
2006-Jan-02, 07:54 PM
We have met the internet and it is us.

Article in the Washington Post today that concludes the internet is all about ourselves.

And it offers the example of http://www.futureme.org/
which allows one to send an email to your future self.

mickal555
2006-Jan-02, 08:23 PM
Sounds cool- I sent it for 2036...


Hi,

Now I must be 41 years old...

Wow, I can't belive I still have this email...

I wounder what I did with my life, what carear... do I have a Family?

I came here from Bad astronomy universe today bulliton board- is that still here?. On my little laptop with 256mbs of memory... 20gigs...
This is while doing a "stay awake marathon"...
Are we back on the moon... how has science progressed?

Regards,
Mickal555