If the Internet is to become an overall intelligent system, the first step is for it to be not only possible but easy for the different software programs that make up the Internet to talk to each other. This may seem a small point, especially in the context of speculations about the global brain and the reansformation of human conciousnes, but in terms of the next few years of progress toward the intelligent Internet, it’s actually a large point indeed. Right now, the Net is A chaos. There are all sorts of different communication protocols out there, and if you take two Internet agents, even reasonably intelligent ones like search bots or market prediction algorithms, there’s basically no chance that they’ll know how to talk to each other. This is obviously not the way to go about transforming the Net into a coherent self-organizing system, an integrated mind. If we want to run, we must first learn how to walk.


Logical Formula Agent Interaction Composite Action Declarative Language Computational Agent 
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