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    The Global Brain, Nova Spivack at Grid 08
    Project: Polytopia

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    Wildcat     Fri, Oct 3, 2008  Permanent link
    if the Vid doesn't work you may desire to watch it here:

    (thanks to Michael Garrett for calling my attention to the potential problem)
    Michael Garrett     Sat, Oct 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Machines are getting smarter and connectivity is increasing daily. Soon, smart machines will begin controlling all aspects of our lives that involve data and system management. They will also control all of the less smart machines, less smart as in not having the capability to process data.

    In order to facilitate mankind’s growing need for the transfer and processing of data in ever faster and more seamless ways, we will begin to break down the existing barriers we have erected between the smart machines. This process will begin, and go largely unnoticed at first. The smart machines will not only share data, but processing capabilities as well. Data will flow instantaneously from all less smart machines we use to monitor everything from traffic patterns, and energy needs, to manufacturing. Airline and automotive traffic will move along the most efficient routes, power plants will respond to population demand, and all aspects of manufacturing and production will be controlled by smart machines using less smart machines. You may have noticed by now that we are rapidly approaching this state.

    No encryption or firewall will keep the smart machines from entering any other smart machine on the planet. Wireless connections and the power of smart machine processing will have simply ruled that out. Something entirely new will have just occurred. The smart machines have become one. The “One Machine” has been born. I don’t fear that moment; in fact I think it will be a great day, an inevitable step forward.

    In his lecture embedded here, Mr. Spivack begins by calling this the Global Brain, but eventually refers to it as the One Machine. I think the One Machine is the better term. No matter how smart the One Machine becomes, it will not be “us”. It won’t be that thing we call human intelligence any more than we are just the stuff we are made of. We inhabit this bio-mechanical body, but we are not it, we are much more than that.

    With the help of the One Machine we will eventually discover how to merge our intelligence, each of us, and all of us into the enhanced brain of the One Machine. As I reflected upon this event, the following thought came to mind…

    “I will know you as no one has have ever known you, and you me. Our similarities will be immediately apparent and our differences exposed as fraud.”

    Or so it seems to me.
    LED     Sun, Oct 12, 2008  Permanent link
    Hello Wildcat!
    I wasn't that much into Space Collective in the last weeks but yesterday morning I was reading some posts of you about Polytopia and finally I understood!
    Many times I read "PolyUtopia" which didn't help me, but more than that I was confused because I was randomly reading small pieces of posts and now I know some examples didn't fit the meaning of Polytopia, not as I see.
    Your explanation in POLYTOPIA (the emergence of) and this Nova Spivack video was really helpful to me. Both very didactic.
    Polytopia isn't an end or a subject itself, but a way to go somewhere. I like the idea, it's subversive in many points of view. And it is the basic concept of Space Collective, isn't it?
    I'm here to thank you again for the request. I'm glad to be part of this project with all of you from Space Collective. When I will post next time, hope to link to Polytopia project.