Humanity's (Temporary) Role in the Emerging Global Brain
This article from AI expert, +Benjamin Goertzel
isn't for the feint of heart, and by that, what I mean is that it both takes some work to get through and
that its conclusions may be upsetting for some.
Allow me to briefly break down some of what I found were the most interesting ideas:
1) "Glocal" memory is the idea that human memory is highly localized (e.g. a memory may correspond to a single neuron) and
global (i.e. a pattern of activity across regions of neural networks in the brain). "Glo" as in global. "Local" as in, well, as in "local." Hence, "glocal."
2) One way to think of building a brain–computer interface (BCI) is to connect computer memory/processing power directly to these local "concept" neurons. That way, thinking about Jennifer Aniston with my local, conceptual "Jennifer Aniston" neuron in the hippocampus wouldn't just connect me to more global memories and processing in my cortex; it would also patch me into some additional computing power.
3) There is a Global Brain now emerging, made up of the aggregate communications and computing power of the human race. It is a self-organizing, complex, adaptive system, with an emergent form of cognition that transcends the individual human intelligences that contribute to it. In this sense, the concepts communicated by individual humans are somewhat akin to the local concept neurons of glocal memory. The "system" of emergent thoughts and rules that guide and constrain our individuality are akin to the global memory patterns in our cortex. The emergent global system is comprised of, or you might say distilled from, human intelligence at this point in the evolution.
4) Human minds have a powerful ("extremely pushy") goal-directed hindbrain that drives much of our action in the world. The Global Brain currently lacks this. Though I would argue that we humans, with our messy emotional drives probably play this role. Sorry, that's me interjecting into this summary.
5) At some point, Artificial General Intelligence could emerge that becomes much better at making sense of humans, narrow AI and regular software, and at some point, as this accelerates this AGI replaces individual humans as the "concept neurons" that feed into the broader Global Brain. This then catalyzes a shift that is currently incomprehensible to us.
OK. That's my best whack at trying to distill these admittedly controversial, speculative, but most definitely thought-provoking ideas. Dive into the actual article and let me know what you think I got wrong.
Oh, and a special thanks to +Hans Youngmann
who shared this originally in the Conversation Community. If you're not following Hans, I recommend that you do. He regularly shares interesting stuff. #globalbrain #ai #mind #cognition