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The future of humanity involves a complex combination of technological, psychological, and social factors – and one of the difficulties we face in comprehending and crafting this future is that not many people or organizations are adept at handling all of these aspects. Dr. Stephen Omohundro is one of the fortunate exceptions to this general pattern, and this is part of what gives his contributions to the futurist domain such a unique and refreshing twist.
Draft 1.1 for Review (integrates some fixes from readers) Nova Spivack (www.mindingtheplanet.net) This article presents some thoughts about the future of intelligence on Earth. In particular, I discuss the similarities between the Internet and the brain, and how I believe the emerging Semantic Web will make this similarity even greater.
“The Global Brain is a metaphor for the worldwide intelligent network formed by people together with the information and communication technologies that connect them into an “organic” whole… Although the underlying ideas are much older, the term was coined in 1982 by Peter Russell in his book The Global Brain. … This perspective sees our planet or our society as a living system. This view can be dated back to 1159 with John of Salisbury. In his treatise of political science the Policraticus he compares society to a creature.” Wikipedia description “Global brain” I personally believe the “Global Brain and mind” is a reality, and is manifest through the human global sociocultural consciousness. Since before the era’s of radio, television and telecommunications, and even predating the scientific method, the enlightenment age, and industrialisation, human interactions and message dissemination has transformed human global consciousness and religious and political history.
As I mentioned in the introduction , Psyche is the greek god/word for the mind or soul. “Psychesingularity” therefore means the convergence of minds/souls into a singular entity. I argue in this blog that the most significant aspect of the technological singularity is the convergence of individual human identities into one, the formation of the superconsciousness of the human race. This is where my argument begins.
I feel that I should be quite explicit here in case this connection has not been fully formed for some readers. I’ve talked in this blog about the joining of our thoughts and identities, the convergence of our consciousness , and the internet is a huge part of that. Of course the internet isn’t everything.
The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect. Carson McCullers To deal with the global challenges we are facing as a species, we need to choose to become part of global mind. What does this mean? Imagine yourself as a neuron. You are connected to many other neurons.
Marios Kyriazis (British Longevity Society) Abstract: The Global Brain represents the highest order of self-organised intelligent complexity hitherto achieved by nature. This has enormous consequences for the biological evolution of humans whose lifespan is, at present, extremely limited by constrains defined by Darwinian forces.
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February 21st, 02011 by Kirk Citron The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now. Internet map of the Middle East A computer defeats humans on a television game show. An information network brings down a series of dictatorships. We are witnessing a massive explosion in data, and an equally massive explosion in our ability to process and distribute it.
Get ready for the global brain. That was the grand finale of a presentation on the next generation of the Internet I heard last week from Yuri Milner. G-8 leaders had a preview of Milner’s predictions a few months earlier, when he was among the technology savants invited to brief the world’s most powerful politicians in Deauville, France.
An Update on Global Workspace Theory The idea that consciousness has an integrative function has a long history. The late Francisco Varela and colleagues called it the “brainweb” (2002). Global Workspace theory suggests a fleeting memory capacity that enables access between brain functions that are otherwise separate.
The Global Brain is a fantastic short documentary by Peter Russell on the awakening of human consciousness to it's inherent unity with the absolute. The documentary begins with Peter Russell speaking about the spiritual experience of astronauts going into space who view Earth from a celestial point of view where all illusionary boundaries that keep us separated and divided dissolve ... The Astronauts experienced Earth as a living being and realized how all life in all it's multiplicity and variety is essentially a part of Gaian Consciousness, the Global Brain ... In the book, 'The Global Brain' Peter Russell shows that humanity has reached a crossroads in its evolutionary path. The Internet is linking humanity into one, worldwide community - a "global brain".
MIT Thomas W. Malone is the founding director of the Center for Collective Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the last several years, I’ve become familiar with the work of Thomas W. Malone and the Center for Collective Intelligence , the lab he directs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.