This was originally a comment to Shandora's first post. But I just started writing and decided to give it some space of it's own...
Consciousness and awareness, are more or less the same thing. If we take self-awareness out of the picture, it doesn't seem too different to the computers we use today - they are able to respond to changes in...
A friend showed me this link. I don't have time to read it completely right now, but it was interesting to peruse, and seemed relevant. Interesting arguments to ponder. cheers.
I am not the first, nor the only one, to believe a superorganism is emerging from the cloak of wires, radio waves, and electronic nodes wrapping the surface of our...
... and Earth!
I just read about the Flag of Earth and flew so far...
Via Conceptual Trends
The Flag of Earth was created by James Cadle inspired by the debate before the first astronauts landed on the Moon about the flag to be planted as a symbol of the accomplishment. The American flag, which doesn't represent all inhabitants of Earth...
To begin, the data:
" As I breathe the sky anew
Lungs contract faintly white
(Body, scatter in the dust of the sky)
The top of a gingko tree glitters again
The zypressen darker
Sparks of the clouds pour down."
-Kenji Miyazawa "Spring and Asura"
" So the biosphere, it seems, in its persistent evolution, is doing...
Maybe everybody subscribe The Technium by Kevin Kelly.
Anyway it's here if someone don't.
While there is only One Machine, there are many cloud computers. Each is a collective of computers acting as one computer.
Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it's as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notions including instant messages (email!) and cinematophoes (machines that project...
This animation shows all scheduled flights over a 24h period (based on 2008 data). Every day 93,000 flights are starting from approx. 9,000 airports. At all times there are between 8,000 and 13,000 airplanes in the air. This animation was produced for the high definition 3D-Globe "Orbitarium" in Technorama - The...
“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
- Samuel Adams -