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Is a technological singularity realistic?

In 1993, Vernor Vinge, an American professor in mathematics and computer science, published his essay The Coming Technological Singularity, "in which he wrote that it would signal the end of the human era, as the new superintelligence would continue to upgrade itself and would advance technologically at an incomprehensible rate. He wrote that he would be surprised...

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Our body is a network and so is everything else

Mid April 2018, I wrote my blog Know thyself a.k.a. Who am I? Its first paragraph wonders how 37.2 trillion cells can view themselves as "one". A recent Aeon article - You are a network - sheds some light on this discrepancy and on my implicit question. The article's subtitle reads as follows: "You cannot be reduced to a body, a mind or a particular social role. An...

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Decentralized consciousness

An octopus might be considered an alien on planet Earth because it has 3 hearts and 9 brains: one (1) centralized brain in its head and eight (8) decentralized brains in its tentacles. In all other species, the brain is a single organ (eg, Quora). Suppose that the Universe mirrors the octopus model and has centralised and decentralised consciousness. While there is...

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Interconnectedness (2)

Interconnectedness (2)

On 29 January 2016, I wrote my first blog about Interconnectedness. After writing yesterday's blog on "Blockchain and Black Swan events", I realised that there are two kinds of interconnected networks: the ones in nature (eg, Ecology) and human copycats (eg, Internet). My recent "Westworld" blog mentioned its writer Michael Crichton. A certain line in that blog has...

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Stroomstoring en Rondje rond de kerk

Stroomstoring en Rondje rond de kerk

De grote regionale stroomstoring van vrijdag 27 maart heeft tot landelijke vertragingen bij de NS geleid. Hierdoor is het concept van "rondje rond de kerk" weer opnieuw opgelaaid. De term "rondje rond de kerk" is denigrerend, misleidend en had de vooropgezette bedoeling om het idee af te kunnen schieten. In 1984 stuitte dit NS plan al op grote weerstand omdat het NS...

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Internet – dependency, fragility, and protection

Although we may not fully realise, we have become extremely dependent on electricity and the Internet. There is hardly any moment in our daily lives where we do not use either one. Obviously, the Internet itself is fully dependent on electricity. The predecessor of the current Internet used to be a closed US military network (1960s). Its successor was a semi open...

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