The Internet as the brain of Metaman


Reviewing Jeffrey M. Stibel’s Wired for Thought, Patrick Tucker writes

Missing from this engaging and persuasive book is any doubt or hesitation that a future smarter, more brainlike Internet is a good thing. A cautious pause may be in order. The basics of biology suggest that intelligent creatures prioritize their own survival above the well-being of others. We evolved our smarts to better survive in a competitive, difficult environment. If the Internet is a brain, the question becomes, what does it think of us?

That reminded me of Gregory Stock’s Metaman. According to its Wikipedia entry

it is possible to imagine a superorganism that incorporates men as its ‘cells’ and entices them to sustain it


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