The dawn of grid society

    Today I read several interesting articles on the Web.
    There is a feeling that before the era, which can be arbitrarily called the “Dawn of grid society,” there is much less time left than I personally expected.

    Here is the first article.
    Social network as a weapon

    What do I think after this article? And the fact that the model of human relations is slowly but steadily spreading into the virtual sphere. Since the management of relationships in social networks is much simpler, the formation of these networks will continue to be similar to the crystallization process: a small core (seed) causes the rapid dissemination of information about the community through a formless medium (“cloud of connections”), after which those are distinguished from it who is closest to the "core" in some ways. By joining, they will activate the “clouds” connected to them until they cover all available relationships (ideally, of course).

    On the other hand, it seems that a critical mass of transfers is growing in this area. A little more - and it will reach the level of self-sustainment by generating benefits from existing resources and commercializing those benefits.

    This is the first step to the grid: the applications are already "distributed", the channels are quite wide, the money (that is, resources) in this environment is quite enough, the grid infrastructure (the algorithms for its operation) are in place.

    The war of openness against closeness flares up more and more.

    And this article shows what the second step of the grid society will be. After all, if the code is open, then it can also be modified by another code that runs in a certain place / set of places. Cyberspace is losing its consolidation and hierarchy, becoming much more mobile and susceptible to "mutations."

    Then it will be enough to launch one program that is capable of self-improvement in the grid infrastructure, with the condition that its perfection is directly proportional to utility (measured by the number of calls to the corresponding subprograms) ... After some time, a community of programs will form on the grid network that will be able to do everything that is right now, in an improved version. They will exchange experiences and explore the environment! Well, that is, the grid and the processes taking place in it.

    This is - in fact - the solution to the problem of creating Artificial Intelligence. If intelligence is the ability to set and solve problems, then this software will doubtless be capable of it.
    Moreover, if intelligence exists in dynamics (there are new tasks - there will be I., there are no new tasks, all tasks have already been solved - I. loses its qualities) - then everything turns out smoothly: we will continuously “throw up” new grid software puzzles.

    Therefore, it will be a self-developing environment with a pace of life many times more biological. Their evolution will take years. Then they will start to overtake us ... if there are enough chips :) And this is the key to cooperation.

    The Network Changes Politics (E. Schmidt)

    Well, but in this article it is clear that this sphere also affected politics. If you recall “Chasing Bush!”, Web-based mob events, spam-fever and buzz-passes of various “interesting” baubles (like “Preved!”, “I just posted an ad!” And so on), then it’s clear what more buffoonery - the denser the future grid infrastructure enters there. Therefore, politicians will enter there quickly ... but irreversibly change, because the grid does not allow lying even now. So what will happen when the neural interface appears ?!

    Wait and see...

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