The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components—a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects.
For this special issue we invite interdisciplinary contributions integrating different levels, applications and domains, which estimate the large-scale impact of the emergence of the Global Brain and provide a long-term vision of the future. Both original research papers and more speculative futuristic scenarios are invited. The special issue will cover a wide variety of topics including: futuristic sociotechnological and socio-economic trends and paradigms, applications of collective intelligence for tackling global challenges, information systems and technologies with global impact, and relationship between the Global Brain and the individual.
Call for papers: The Global Brain: A Model of the Future Information Society