Comments on: The advent of the global brain Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sherrythere Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:28:17 +0000 The Global Brain ‘already’ exists in nature – in that the infant brain is delivered ‘out of the box,’ as it were, un-accessorized. Immediately after, however, (and perhaps even in the womb?) parents, care-givers, peers and a host of other actors begin the natural process of accessorizing the newborn with the provincial characteristics needed to maximize the potential for survival in its present environment: language, culture, beliefs, prejudices, and myriad other social and intellectual delineators and constrictors. Ironically these very accoutrements, while ensuring inter-cultural harmony, have also been ultimately responsible for the most xenophobically-driven, egregious acts of horror and inhumanity ever recorded throughout history.

The Global Brain stands in stark contrast, accessorized to reason expansively vs. provincially. By nature it understands ‘why’ others behave and believe as they do. Two and one-half millennia ago Aristotle coined the word ‘ecumenism,’ referring to a world under one roof. Similarly, Yuri’s ultimate vision reaches far, far beyond the disappointments of wealth and power. Those sad eyes betray an ‘innate’ human longing: a humankind truly and ultimately ecumenical in nature.

Jon Mkl Sherry
Campaign for American Kids

By: apophises Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:47:24 +0000 @maskin: yeah, you’re so right! But if you allowed it & made it “legal”, who would bother ?

By: apophises Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:40:20 +0000 Just a word to most of the commentators: A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks….

@Juri Milner: Thanks ! Always thought I was alone on this idea ! Wow, Juri, great job & vision + one, that even earns big money!

I don’t think that term “global brain” stands for “sucking the individuality & brain” out of anybody, @iskeen, & @Mott – there’ll always be abuse of any form in life because its apparently one of the favorite traits of humanity. I myself rather coincide with the last words of @Kordo re. ants & bees:

Whether we like it or not, we – the “humans” – fall under the category of “swarms”. Our intelligence & civilisation was formed by joint efforts. Should anything happen that would deprive us of electricity, we’d be thrown back to caveman-age within seconds, including the outcrops – meaning that the human brain will directly opt for version 0.01 & social behaviour will be governed by “eat, or be eaten” & its obvious consequences.

There is not ONE human that “knows it all” who could reactivate “civilisation”.

The only chance we have IS a “collective memory”, a “global brain”. Plus, I do not think that we – as “collective intelligence” – have got a lot of time left.

As “intelligent form”, we’re totally stuck right now, socially & politically. Human brains are just not capable of developing fast enough to meet the challenges ahead.

Especially in view of the overwhelming “modern” philosophy, to “leave the troubles behind” & “be happy”, life “all-inclusive”, “hamburger-religion” and the such …..

My personal opinion: The “Global Brain”/”Collective Memory”-theory is a first step in the right direction. Goal should be a democratic WORLD GOVERNEMENT and the only media & CHANCE we have at hand for now, is the Internet. From the experience we’ve had with the Internet by now, I do not think that the outcome will be anything near as negative as Orwell predicted.

Given that the “intellectual crowd” finally starts fighting.

So let’s NOT complain about the noise….

By: FoxxDrake Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:29:12 +0000 @ Ian_Kemmish

I liked your comments better than the article, which wasn’t bad. You were “spot on” on all points but left out two.

1) 2 Billion people are on-line today, that will double in 10 years.

2) 5 Billion devices now, 20 Billion in 10 years.

Even if everything you are saying is true (Facebook’s a joke, more spam than ever, AI is bovine scat, etc…) – those two reasons alone are motive enough to be highly bullish.

By: 74LS08 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 03:06:12 +0000 Do you expect the guy who sank $200 billion into Fecebook, say “oops that was dumb” or blabber about “new efficiencies”??
I want to see one Fecebook user who’s quality of life had increase; e.i. longer vacation time, better health, bigger paycheck.
US standard of living is 15% lower today than it was in 1970, so much for a miracle of Internet…

By: maskin Mon, 26 Sep 2011 01:18:58 +0000 And what a wonderful opportunity for infestation with errors, stupidity and madness would that super-intelligence of his be. 😀

By: slowsmile Mon, 26 Sep 2011 01:10:11 +0000 Ms Freeland continues to write heady and intellectually distant articles concerning economics, the internet and the future. More than anything she is just plain guessing really. Sure, the internet has had an impact on the media rags, who now have some merciless competition from the free-spieling internet — and all for free. Well, of course the internet will win!!

But there is still alot of garbage info on the internet, as well as garbage in the media(Murdoch et al). You will still have to use your own individual brain to sift the truth from lies. News access has indeed improved, but the lies and agendas never stop whether its paper or internet that you read — it’s all about control and THAT never changes. To establish the truth, to reach an accurate summation of events, the internet cannot do that for you.

You will still have to use your own individual brain and not some possibly tainted or agenda-ridden “Global Brain” from the internet to help you, since truth and validation are always the big sister and brother to the truth.

Plain and simple.

By: Mott Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:51:50 +0000 Regret to say but this article doesn’t have much substance to it as most of what’s stated already exists and doesn’t add much to the future outlook as it may seem.

By: scarr34 Sun, 25 Sep 2011 19:23:08 +0000 Half the world lives on a dollar or two a day. Hey…let’s give every starving child in Africa an Apple computer. That way they can be “creative” and be empowered to change the world. What a load of crap.

By: iskeen Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:28:41 +0000 Technology improves each individual’s life. Sorry, everyone, there is no global brain. There is no one inside your head but you. If you let someone control your thoughts, it is your choice, your life, your funeral. I love technology, but I’m used to thinking for myself and I intend to stay that way. If you think you will be happy being an ant or a bee, remember there are thousands of grunt bees and ants who toil thanklessly for the glory of the queen. Is that what you want, or do you want to be the queen and run it all? Anyone who touts the global brain is really talking about controlling people on a massive scale, a scale that even Stalin could not have imagined, though Stalin’s policies resulted in the deaths of over 20 million people. Good luck, you will need it.