All bow before our Hive Mind God

The internet is so fascinating, especially given its youth.
Often, the idea of the internet as a sort of emergent hive mind of humanity (or at least the portions of humanity that have access, and make no mistake, this’ll grow) really excites me.  We upload content at the same time we digest and produce content from it.

Imagine i create a sort of god-head piece of artificial intelligence. Imagine that it originally has no mind, no frame of reference for reality, no ways to make judgments, and no content with which to create its own consciousness. However, i can feed it information in the form of books, articles, films, art, raw computational data, poetry, news, etc. As i feed this AI, let’s call it Pauline, it slowly builds a mind and consciousness from the data coming in. Every new piece of data fed into the system is churned and digested, even if in only small ways, to effect the system as a whole in terms of reference material and major foundations for judgments and thoughts. The more data, the broader any analysis and interpretation Pauline can make about phenomena it encounters. Pauline, in some sort of singularity moment may even begin to seek out and consume data on its own, and surpass my ability to provide it data and perhaps my ability to make valuable judgments.

This is one fun way to think about the internet. I know it’s not a terribly original or novel one either. The internet as a sort of emergent and dynamic network of human computation. We as a species digest, churn, and compute the info uploaded and created on the net and then spit new beliefs, data, and work out of it. It also acts as a way to collaborate massive networked activities.
It’s totally interesting when you think of the internet as a sort of supra-human holon for mass species wide thought/culture processing.

This train of thought reminds me of Scott Adam’s (the guy who writes Dilbert) book “God’s Debris” in which he posits a theory (that he likely doesn’t actually believe) that were there an all knowing god at some point, this entity would be utterly bored from its omniscience. The only thing for it to do with some uncertainty (maybe) would be to destroy its self. The book suggests that the universe we live in is the debris/corpse of god, and that god is slowly recreating and re-assembling it self. It goes on to claim that just as human conscious largely has its seat in the human brain, a particular part of of the human body, so too must god have a particular seat of its consciousness (for a time anyway). Humanity is that spark of consciousness and judgment towards the rest of the universe (The human as the mind of the universe to judge and consider the rest of its body {non-conscious universe}). The rapid birth and drive to expand the internet is suggested to be a next step in the slow integration of god’s mind (humanity) to be able to coherently act together as a unified consciousness.   Scott Adams puts this out there as a thought experiment to pick apart, not necessarily as an actual belief.
But it’s interesting as hell, huh?

Under this line of thinking, things like copyright and intellectual property would be a major hindrance to this hive mind, while file sharing, free communication, (maybe) encryption, and free uploading of content a boon. The more data the hive mind has, and the more freely the data can more around, the better this hive mind functions.

Honestly, this is a reason i sometimes will write up and upload sections from my favorite books/ articles or scan and upload images and works of art if i don’t think they are on the internet for public and free access. It’s also a reason i really like any advances in automated translation, as well as any efforts to translate one work, article, essay, or whatever from one language to another on the web. The more content, and the more accessible that content, the broader digestion and better judgments the internetwork of humanity can make.
So, i implore you to ignore copy-right and intellectual property law and upload as much content onto the net as you can, for all our sake.

Here is the guy that created catpchas and Duolingo talking about massive online collaboiration and his awesome “reCaptcha” project:

And the reCaptcha wikipedia: