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.
The Global Brain Conference Track took place a couple of weeks ago. We have streamed it live to the web and, additionally, edited and uploaded videos of most of talks to the GBI YouTube channel, including:
- Francis Heylighen: The Global Brain: a Self-organizing, Distributed Intelligence Emerging from the Web;
- Dirk Helbing: Creating a Planetary Nervous System as a Citizen Web;
- Viktoras Veitas: Living Cognitive Society: a “digital” World of Views;
- Marta Lenartowicz: Mere impediments? A second thought on the role of social boundaries in self-organisation of the global collective intelligence on the Earth;
- Evo Busseniers: Let’s interPlay! Does co-evolution enable or constrain?;
- Cadell Last: Self-actualization in the Commons;
- Howard Bloom: Turning everything on its head;
Via Complexity Digest