Creating Internet Intelligence: Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 2001 - Computers - 330 pages
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Creating Internet Intelligence is an interdisciplinary treatise exploring the hypothesis that global computer and communication networks will one day evolve into an autonomous intelligent system, and making specific recommendations as to what engineers and scientists can do today to encourage and shape this evolution. A general theory of intelligent systems is described, based on the author's previous work; and in this context, the specific notion of Internet intelligence is fleshed out, in its commercial, social, psychological, computer-science, philosophical, and theological aspects. Software engineering work carried out by the author and his team over the last few years, aimed at seeding the emergence of Internet intelligence, is reviewed in some detail, including the Webmind AI Engine, a uniquely powerful Internet-based digital intelligence, and the Webworld platform for peer-to-peer distributed cognition and artificial life. The book should be of interest to computer scientists, philosophers, and social scientists, and more generally to anyone concerned about the nature of the mind, or the evolution of computer and Internet technology and its effect on human life.
 

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Contents

The Coming Evolution
1
MIND AS NETWORK
19
A Practical Definition of Intelligence
21
Elements of a Philosophy of Mind
35
Complexity and Emergence
53
The Psynet Model of Mind
71
RECONCEPTUALIZING THE INTERNET
95
The Network Is the Computer Is the Mind Is the World
97
The Emerging Global Brain
139
Systematizing Internet Agent Interactions
167
Webworld
183
Webmind on the Commercial Net
241
Toward Superhuman Intelligence
261
References
277
A Formal Vocabulary for Complexity Science
297
Universe as Network
313

A Fourfold Model of Internet Information Space
115
The Internet Economy as a Complex System
125

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