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    The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in...
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
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    Hive: Fractal Understanding
    Patterns in nature, patterns in life, patterns in you, and patterns in us.
    Are you seeing a pattern?

    or watch it high rez, 60mbs.

    Hive explores the relationship from the individual to the collective. At what point does one end and the other begin? You're made up of trillions of cells, and society is made up of billions of you. How can we use the patterns we see below us, to infer understanding on the levels above?

    This concept could be called "Fractal Understanding". Using the self-similarity in the universe to help us project what we can understand onto what we cannot.

    The film walks through many layers from dna, to cells, to organisms, to the larger super-organisms that it can

    Still from the film

    Still from the film

    close-up of cellular comparison to cities

    close-up of individual vs. collective

    close-up of individual vs. collective

    close-up of collective intelligence

    For more on the project, head over to The Movement.

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         Mon, May 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Wow, this is the kind of great work of visualized supervenience & emergence that I've been waiting to see for a while. Beautiful job :)

    aeonbeat     Fri, May 9, 2008  Permanent link
    Spaceweaver     Tue, May 13, 2008  Permanent link
    Impressive artistic presentation of the idea.
    hodus_anseed     Thu, Aug 21, 2008  Permanent link
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