The Network is the Computer is the Mind (is the World)

  • Ben Goertzel
Part of the International Federation for Systems Research International Series on Systems Science and Engineering book series (IFSR, volume 18)


The evolution of the Internet up till now can be divided, roughly speaking, into three phases:
  1. 1.

    Pre-Web. Direct, immediate interchange of small bits of text, via e-mail and Usenet. Indirect, delayed interchange of large amounts of text, visual images and computer programs, via ftp.

  2. 2.

    Web. Direct, immediate interchange of images, sounds, and large amounts of text. Online publishing of articles, books, art and music. Interchange of computer programs, via ftp, is still delayed, indirect, and architecture-dependent.

  3. 3.

    Network Computing. Direct, immediate interchange of animations and computer programs as well as large texts, images and sounds. Enabled by languages such as Java, the Internet becomes a real-time software resource. Intelligent agents traverse the web carrying out specialized intelligent operations for their owners.



Computer Architecture Network Computing Global Brain Connection Machine Thinking Machine 
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