Presentation on theme: "Global Brain Workshop Discussion Day 1: what is the GB and how does it evolve? Day 2: which technologies can support the GB, and what is its future? Day3:"— Presentation transcript:
Global Brain Workshop Discussion Day 1: what is the GB and how does it evolve? Day 2: which technologies can support the GB, and what is its future? Day3: how can we manage and design a GB?
What is and what isn’t the GB? What is the global brain? Do we need to assume a global superorganism? Is the global brain a higher level of evolution? What is the role of a global encyclopedia? How does the GB differ from mere distributed cognition/ collective intelligence? What is the role of “binding events”?
Related issues Can the global brain/global body duality be solved by Conscious-Technology? Will a GB encompass biological information? How does the GB relate to Gaia? How does the GB relate to the singularity? Does the GB have a spiritual dimension? Does the GB entail a World government/governance?
What benefits to expect from the GB? How can the GB tackle information overload? How does the GB support the new economy? How can the GB help overcome conflicts? How can the GB contribute to global education and research? How can the GB help us solve global problems?
Evolution of the GB Can a GB spontaneously evolve? Can the development of a GB be avoided? Will everybody want to become part of the GB? Couldn’t the GB split into rival GBs? Won’t the poor be excluded? (digital divide) Will the GB undergo ontogenesis or phylogenesis similar to the human brain? Will a GB encompass the ecosystem?
GB technologies Can there be a GB without computer technology? What is the role of direct, “cellular” communications? What is the role of the Internet? What is the role of the World-Wide Web? What is the role of MUDs/virtual worlds? What is the role of web learning? How does this relate to collaborative filtering? What is the role of spreading activation?
GB technologies2 What is the role of peer-to-peer computing? What is the role of the semantic/cognitive web? How can we agree on shared ontologies? What is the role of real-time communication/conferences? What is the role of groupware/CSCW? What roles can software agents play? Which other technologies can support the GB? How can the human-GB interface be improved? How quickly can these technologies become reality?
GB and the future of humanity Will the GB have its own goals and values? Will the GB have feelings? (global heart) Will the GB become conscious? Will we able to understand the GB’s thinking? In how far will people merge with the GB? Would the GB allow uploading the human mind in a computer, thus making it immortal?
Avoiding possible dangers Is the GB necessarily good? Doesn't a single GB system suppress diversity? Doesn’t the GB reduce humanity to an insect colony or to the Borg? Cannot humanity and the GB turn into a “cancer” that parasitizes the rest of the planet? Wouldn’t the GB be totalitarian? Won’t the GB restrict our freedom?
Avoiding possible dangers 2 How to protect the GB from attacks or viruses (computer immune system)? Cannot GB technology be abused for selfish purposes? How to protect privacy, and avoid turning the GB into a “Big Brother”? Could the GB escape from our control? Won’t the GB eventually eliminate and replace humanity?
Management/design of GB development Does we need bottom-up self-organization or top-down design? Who or what should/shouldn’t control GB development? How can we best collect, represent and organize the needed knowledge/values? Should the GB store all data, permanently? What protocols or standards do we need? How can we agree on such standards? Must the GB be rooted in a universal worldview/ system of ethics and values? How can individual/group selfishness be overcome?
Practical issues How can we best promote GB ideas to the public? How can we best avoid scare stories and misinterpretations? How can we best organize further research/ discussion into GB issues? Who is the Global Brain Community? What role should the GB Group play? How can we institutionalize the group?
Conference/website How should a future GB website look? How should we organize a next conference on the GB? Who could sponsor such an event? Where should it take place? Who would take on the responsibility for various activities?