Re: hive mind

From: Charles D Hixson (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2006 - 23:39:56 MDT

Mikko Särelä wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Jul 2006, Charles D Hixson wrote:
>> Mikko Särelä wrote:
>>> Definitely not SL4, but consider following. Our brains consist of
>>> neurons, which form up modules which communicate with each other. The
>>> outcome, to us, seems like one mind, mostly because the communication
>>> bandwidth between the modules is high enough to rapidly transfer
>>> information and to create a common interpretation of things. Now
>>> consider upping the communication bandwidth with your fellow human
>>> being from what it is currently, keep upping and upping, until you
>>> reach the same bandwidth and delay properties you have within one
>>> brain. What do you think will happen?
>> To have the result that you are envisioning you would need to combine
>> not merely communication, but also effectors and sensorium. This
>> becomes possible, but not inevitable, with a mere increase in
>> communication.
> You are forgetting that the communication bandwidth between the brains is
> large enough so that you can send every single bit of sensory information
> to the 'other brain' if you want to. And who cares where the calculation
> that results in an effector operating resides?
It's the "if you want to". Entities centered at different locations and
with different local events affecting them will/may have different
desires as to what to share. Certainly, e.g., someone "burying a
treasure" may not want to communicate this fact to everyone even if he
can. Generalize from this. The ability for complete sharing doesn't
automatically translate into the desire for complete sharing.

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