Of computers and ants.

@xfahctor (14130)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
October 15, 2008 1:49am CST
I was skimming an article and found this segment in it and it really kind of made me take a step back and it was kind of one of those "whoa!" moments. Here is the excerpt I'm referring to: "Ants are abysmally stupid, in our terms, yet the colony as a super organism often gives rise to give the impression of the individual ants being intelligent. With beehives this feature expands even further. Under the right conditions, a complex systems analysis of the collective can be indistinguishable from that as a single organism. Compare to cells in the human body, or brain alone. Each human mind is a hive, of neurons; a hive mind. Each neuron is abysmally stupid, and each brain part is nearly worthless alone, yet the interconnected cells of each part and each part interconnected give rise to consciousness and higher brain functions. Then there’s the Internet, with its millions of routers and billions of computers all interconnected as one that is already evolving into a ’smart’ semantic web on its own. It’s no wonder that philosophers often compare the Internet -as a complex system- to the brain, and many thinkers argue that at some point the Internet itself may become unintendedly conscious via emergence. But what if a collective of intelligent beings harnessing global scale supercomputers armed with state of the art algorithms made the goal of turning their symbiotic co-evolving component of the Internet their life’s work?" just food for thought, it has been accepted already that individual personal computers that can perform as many algorithms and calculations as fast as the human brain, costing less than $2000, will be available by the year 2014
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• United States
15 Oct 08
People have speculated that God could be an immense being of extra-dimensional proportions of which we and this universe are but functioning sub parts. In that light, the computers and ants analogy as a composite intelligence makes perfectly good sense. BTW: I'm really looking forward to owning one of those computers in 2014.
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• China
22 Oct 08
Bty,I want to ask aquestion.How many people believe in god in US?
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• United States
22 Oct 08
In some way or the other, I think most people in the USA believe in God, but many do not believe in any of the organized religions. I reject Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Abrahamn, Buddha, and you name it, if it is organized religion, I want nothing to do with it. However, I do believe there is a God, some unexplained, unknowable force in the universe mankind can not comprehend.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
21 Oct 08
..well.. I hate to 'change' the subject, but this always brings me to one question! Did the computer and the computer program (randomly/by accident) evolve?
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• China
22 Oct 08
Its a good question,if it would, that should be a miracle.I think it can only degenerate.kidding...
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• United States
22 Oct 08
..that would be when my computer crashes right? ..a mutation!
@FredChen (61)
• China
22 Oct 08
Im surprised that I have actually finished this passage. Its really a long passage . The ants and the network,I didnt reallized before.Possibly it makes some sense.
@devylan (695)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Like I said to my supervisor just earlier today in reference to a discussion about how we grew up without cable or video games versus how kids today are growing up with all the new fangled high tech thingy-ma-bobs, "One day computers are gonna grow arms and legs and kill us all!" Lol. We had to laugh about it, because, otherwise, it's pretty depressing to think about.