internet and consciousness
rwalker at grithill.demon.co.uk
Wed Feb 8 17:42:38 EST 1995
In article <1392 at percep.demon.co.uk>
rmallott at percep.demon.co.uk "rmallott" writes:
> In article <3grin5$m2 at ixnews1.ix.netcom.com> Gerald McNerney
> <mcnerney at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> > Is the internet ever capable of attaining consciousness? How can we
> > tell if it has? Should we try to make developments in the internet that
> > will make it more likely to become conscious?
> > [deletion]
> > Any ideas? - gm
> Given the unsettled debate about human consciousness, it might be more
> +++++stuff deleted+++++++
> Maybe the stage of the Internet's nervous evolution or development as
> a world-brain is at that reached by a lowly organism, still with no very
> noticeable central organisation. Or this may understate what has been
> achieved. In any case comparison of the way the Internet has progressed
> and is progressing may stimulate ideas about analogies or homologies with
> the evolutionary process by which central nervous systems developed. From
> this angle, it will interesting to see over the next few years how the
> Internet changes and complexifies.
> Robin Allott email: rmallott at percep.demon.co.uk
The Internet is already a conscious being of a higher order of
intelligence than hitherto seen on this planet. Try attacking it and see how
effectively it will defend itself!
Although it is tempting to imagine its responses are a simply a product of the
intelligent agents (humans) of which it is comprised, in terms of the
Internet as a being we are acting as simple neurons taking multiple inuts and
generating a resultant output whilst using (comparatively) an insignificant
amount of intelligence.
When a widely acceptable definition of consciousness is established, the
Internet will be found to fit it.
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