Francis Heylighen on the Emerging Global Brain
Ben Goertzel March 16, 2011 An Interview by Ben Goertzel Francis Heylighen started his career as yet another physicist with a craving to understand the foundations of the universe – the physical and philosophical laws that make everything tick. But his quest for understanding has led him far beyond the traditional limits of the discipline of physics.
Francis Heylighen started his career as yet another physicist with a craving to understand the foundations of the universe - the physical and philosophical laws that make everything tick. But his quest for understanding has led him far beyond the traditional limits of the discipline of physics. Currently he leads the Evolution, Complexity and COgnition group (ECCO) at the Free University of Brussels, a position involving fundamental cybernetics research cutting across almost every discipline.
Francis Heylighen on the Emerging Global Brain
Simulating the Global Brain with MATLAB
Evo Busseniers (GBI VUB) Abstract: This talk will present a computer simulation, done with Matlab, of the challenge propagation model.
Francis Paul Heylighen (born 1960) is a Belgian cyberneticist investigating the emergence and evolution of intelligent organization. He presently works as a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels, where he directs the transdisciplinary research group on "Evolution, Complexity and Cognition" and the Global Brain Institute. He is best known for his work on the Principia Cybernetica Project, his model of the Internet as a Global brain, and his contributions to the theories of memetics and self-organization. Biography
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A metasystem transition is the emergence, through evolution, of a higher level of organization or control. The concept of metasystem transition was introduced by the cybernetician Valentin Turchin in his 1970 book "The Phenomenon of Science", and developed among others by Francis Heylighen in the Principia Cybernetica Project. The related notion of evolutionary transition was proposed by the biologists John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry, in their 1995 book The Major Transitions in Evolution, and developed among others by Richard Michod. Another related idea, that systems ("operators") evolve to become more complex by successive closures encapsulating components in a larger whole, is proposed in "The operator theory", developed by Gerard Jagers op Akkerhuis. Turchin has applied the concept of metasystem transition in the domain of computing, via the notion of metacompilation or supercompilation.
7 July 2001 using networks of international organizations, world problems, strategies, and values Anthony Judge, Nadia McLaren, Joel Fischer and Tomas Fulopp Paper for the First Global Brain Workshop: From Intelligent Networks to the Global Brain (3-5 July 2001, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium ) [slide presentation as PDF] Abstract: The paper reports briefly on the ongoing process of systematic information collection and web presentation by the UIA of networks of over 30,000 international organizations, 56,000 perceived world problems, 32,000 advocated action strategies, and some 3,000 values -- resulting in a total of 800,000 hyperlinks. These different entities constitute an interesting focal sub-system of whatever is to be understood by an emerging global brain - for which the "problems" might be understood as "neuroses", if not "tumours".
Simulating a Global Brain: using networks of international organizations, world problems, strategies, and values
One of the many reasons humanity is at an inflection point is that the age-old dream of the “global brain” is finally becoming a reality. I explored the idea in my book Living Networks, and at more length in my piece Autopoiesis and how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life. Today, my work on crowdsourcing is largely focused on the emerging mechanisms that allow us to create better results from mass participation. Some of the best work being done in the space is at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. A few of their researchers (including founder Thomas Malone) have just written a short paper Programming the Global Brain. I don’t think “programming” is the best metaphor.
6 mechanisms that will help create the global brain
Programing the Global Brain
Herbert Spencer The Principles of Sociology (1876-96); (see intro and excerpt, including "Society is an organism") Remarkable to note how many recently fashionable ideas about superorganisms and evolutionary integration have already been proposed by this evolutionary thinker over a century ago.
References on the Global Brain / Superorganism
The following are the abstracts of presentations that have been made at the Global Brain Workshop, which was organized in July 2001 at the Free University of Brussels by the Global Brain Group (presently: the Global Brain Institute). Program Tue, July 3
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Francis Heylighen: Foundations for a Mathematical Model of the Global Brain
Software architecture of the challenge propagation model - vveitas.SoftwareArchitecture.pdf
Welcome to Principia Cybernetica Web
Direct Interfaces into the Global Brain
Francis Heylighen (GBI,VUB) Abstract: The present talk will report on the on-going research of the Global Brain Institute with the aim of developing a mathematically founded computer simulation of the global brain, and summarize the main results up to now. The global brain can be defined as the distributed intelligence emerging from the network of all people on this planet connected via the Internet and related technologies. The present talk proposes the foundations for a mathematical model of the self-organization of such a network towards increasing intelligence. The assumption is that the network becomes increasingly efficient in routing the right information to the right people, so that problems and opportunities can be addressed in the most efficient way possible by coordinating the actions of many people.
Foundations for a Mathematical Model of the Global Brain
Institutions execute large trades over time by slicing them into small pieces that can be digested by electronic markets. The market sets a fair price to provide the liquidity at which each slice can be filled; each slice moving the price a little bit. Over time these liquidity-driven price moves can accrue to become quite large. Understanding market impact of large trades is important for those providing liquidity, but also for the returns of pension funds and to estimate the liquidation values of portfolios with large holdings. For many years Kyle’s well-established impact theory predicted that market impact per share should grow linearly with the trade size, yet practitioners observe that impact appears to be a square root function. How does the collective behavior of market practitioners lead to a contradiction with theory?
The financial market as an algorithmic “global brain” – a view from the field of market impact modeling
The following list of "Frequently Asked Questions" is largely inspired by the discussions on the global brain mailing list, although not all participants may agree with all the answers I have written down. Although I have tried to as accurately as possible render the ideas of other global brain researchers, this FAQ is obviously biased by my own understanding of the issue. I wish to thank V. Turchin, C. Joslyn and J.
The Global Brain FAQ
The Global Brain Group
Crowd Computing and The Synaptic Web
A couple of days ago David Gelernter – a known Computer Science Visionary who famously survived an attack by the Unabomber – wrote a piece on Wired called ‘The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It’. In it, he summarized one of his predictions around the web moving from a static document oriented web to a network of streams. Nova Spivack, my Co-founder and CEO at Bottlenose, also wrote about this in more depth in his blog series about The Stream. I’ve been interested in the work of David Gelernter for quite some time and thought this might be a good time to revisit some of his previous predictions.
From the page : "This emerging Synaptic Web is the beginning of a planetary intelligence. The Synaptic Web is our collective stream of consciousness, although the global brain itself is far from conscious yet. It cannot reason or think yet. The global brain is still dorment, like a baby in a womb, slowly developing its neocortex and silently observing us…
Until it wakes up…" by Mar 9
Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Le cerveau global est le nom donné au réseau émergent intelligent formé par toutes les personnes sur la Terre, les ordinateurs et liens de communication qui les connectent ensemble. Comme un vrai cerveau, ce réseau est un système immensément complexe, auto-organisé, qui traite l'information, prend les décisions, résout les problèmes, apprend les nouvelles connexions et découvre de nouvelles idées.
The global brain is a conceptualization of the worldwide network formed by all the people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect them into an intelligent, self-organizing system. As the internet becomes faster, more intelligent, and more encompassing, it increasingly ties us together into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this network is collective or distributed: it is not centralized or localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the dynamic networks of interactions between its components, a property typical of complex adaptive systems. History of the concept
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General Artificial Intelligence and the Global Brain
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The Global Brain - Peter Russell
The Global Brain
Is the Internet evolving into a Global Brain? | Microryza
Reference: World Brain Review
Global Brain on GetGlue
wisdom_of_the_global_brain.pdf (Objet application/pdf)
Institute of Noetic Sciences | Consciousness | Science | Spirituality | Wisdom
Quantum Shift in the Global Brain
Quantum Shift In The Global Brain: How The New Scientific Reality Can Change Us And Our World (978-1-59477-233-7) | Science & Nature
Quantum Shift in the Global Brain
Science and the Akashic Field | IONS Library
Global Brain Workshop
Global MindShift promotes an expanded view of what it means to be human based on knowledge of our evolutionary journey.
emerging-global-mind.pdf (Objet application/pdf)
The Global Brain H Bloom
World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia
Review: Global Brain
Expert opinions on Howard Bloom's book Global Brain
Beyond the Supercomputer: Social Groups as Learning Machines
Le cerveau global (H. Bloom)
Howard Bloom: Global Brain Part 1
Review: Global Brain–The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
The global brain: the evolution of the mass mind from the big bang to the ... - Howard K. Bloom - Google Books