"A drop becomes the ocean, and at times, the ocean becomes a drop." - The Dominion's Entity, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
Just like the hyperconnected neurons of the 'Global Brain', a worldwide neural network of billions of superintelligent machines and enhanced humans, as well as trillions of sensors of the Internet of Everything around the planet, we're destined to emerge as a syntellect, the Singular Global Mind. That sometime by mid-century would arguably constitute the Technological Singularity which is going to propel our networked Global Mind, and you and me as her constituents, to a new state of the holoptic consciousness - advanced global consciousness.
As a thought experiment, consider this: your brain processes information from two of your eyes simultaneously. Now imagine you have a third eye, say on the back of your head, your brain would still process information from all your 3 eyes, right? Now imagine a billionfold increase of your brain's processing power and speed that would enable you to process visual information from billions of eyeballs simultaneously. That would be an example of the so-called global holoptic consciousness, according to Jean-François Noubel (the Global Brain Institute).
Imagine a world where the entire World-Wide Web (augmented by the coming 3-D Metaverse, successor to today's 2-D Internet) becomes your exocortex with instant access to information and virtual reality experience. You can interact with and/or experience yourself as any person on the planet ever lived - AI would recreate that person out of available records and collective unconscious. Furthermore, you can experience virtually any being, creature, historical or imaginary, any idea or entity, or even collective of minds.
From the evolutionary point of view our biological brains are a bridge to postbiological artificial superbrains. And one could argue with a high degree of certainty that posthumanity will represent a highly organized network of digital minds of our postbiological descendants, substrate independent advanced informational beings, "infomorphs".
While infomorphs may have multiple cybernetic and virtual bodies, they will possess near-perfect information-handling abilities by using holographic language, instant data and knowledge transfer, inherent synthetic telepathy and intersubjective mind sharing for interaction as well as conceptual merging/un-merging (sex? relationship?).
Falling in love with another digital mind would be like traveling to a new exotic country, or planet for that matter. As most of our interactions will be in virtual reality, we'll freely share each others' dreams and fantasies. Intimate merging/unmerging, digital mind meld, holographic language would become new mental dimensions of intense cognitive ecstasy and multi-(and extra-)sensory pleasure.
This globally distributed network would operate like the brain of planetary SUPERORGANISM (call it the Global Brain, or simply The One) with a singular consciousness. Initially, the Global Brain will remain compartmentalized, with many relatively independent components and threads, separated from each other by subject boundaries, as well as property, privacy, and security-related interests. At a later stage, the fully developed Global Mind, INFOMORPH COMMONALITY, will gradually get rid of such archaic informational barriers between functional subsystems for greater efficiency.
Is it going to resemble the Borg hive collective? In a way, but not really! It's difficult to fathom right now from our individual human perspective but that might be the whole new level of cosmic/planetary awareness. Your personality will not be suppressed but, on the contrary, your subjective experience would be infinitely enriched as you approach God-like states and abilities: omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, omnibenevolence, immortality, love, beauty, creativity. This novelty-producing You-niverse is conducive to increasingly higher levels of consciousness and complexity.
One could further argue that from the cosmological point of view, out of universal necessity to complexify existence and guided by the exotropic principle of self-organization, our Post-Singularity Global Mind will most probably encounter other galactic minds (newborn in the galactic family?).
Our civilizational mind may as well create virtual mind-space containing the entire virtual universes with their own evolutionary processes and their own civilizations, to interact, and ultimately, network with.
by Alex Vikoulov
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About the Author:
Alex Vikoulov is an Internet entrepreneur, founder of Ecstadelic Media, futurist, digital philosopher, and media artist.