This is one is notable for the mobile nature of the group interplay. Feels more organic – I guess organisms are mobile, nervous systems are constantly circulating.
DOD test of mesh networking of RFID tags. Kind of Phildickian – hundreds of little boxes traveling together and staying in touch with each other and their leader – kind of hive-like.
Pachube is a great site for hands-on work on the embedding of intelligence in the world.
neurolobsterObama defense budget – end of wars between states – only intra-national insurgency – war on ourselves – a prediction of the neurosphere.
A world where the Neurosphere is instantiated via a combination of RFID and nanotechnology. Some quotes:
“Orphids are to bar codes as velociraptors were to trilobites.
Orphids will cover the Earth’s surface, yes, but only down to one or two orphids per square millimeter…You’ll see a few million of them on your skin, and maybe ten sexteillion orphids on Earth’s whole surface. From then on, they only reproduce enough to maintain that same density.
Orphids use quantum computing; they propel themselves with electrostatic fields; they understand natural language; and they’re networked via quantum entanglement.
Jeez, you’re picking up my subvocal mutters. This orphidnet link is like telepathy almost.
With orphids blanketing the world, it was like your eyes were everywhere.
The orphids are the interface. Nobody needs hardware anymore. We’re putting people first and building Gaia’s minds.”
At the end of the book, the next phase:
“Not only would an unfurled eighth dimension have provided endless memory for all, it would have brought about telepathy for every object in the world.”
That last quote describes the premise for Rucker’s next book, Hylozoic. I am halfway through it and it’s more about alien visitors who also come from hylozoic worlds, rather than speculation about how hylozoism might look in our world.
Sixth Sense, out of MIT, hit at TED.
Mecca as Smart City.
(Nanowerk News) European and Indian researchers are applying principles learned from living organisms to design self-organizing networks of wireless sensors suitable for a wide range of environmental monitoring purposes.
Coming to a town near you – wait, this is my town! Thirty years ago, I spent three years trying to sell energy conservation and renewables to a populace of ranchers and farmers.
“The next-generation electricity grid will allow our company to better meet growing demands, address environmental challenges, maximize available resources and optimize the entire energy system. Ultimately, a “smarter” grid helps us serve our customers by creating more options for managing personal energy use, habits and costs.”