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Creating Internet Intelligence

Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Coming Evolution

    1. Ben Goertzel, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj
      Pages 1-17
  3. Mind as Network

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 21-33
    3. Ben Goertzel, Ted Goertzel
      Pages 35-52
    4. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 53-69
    5. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 71-94
  4. Reconceptualizing the Internet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 125-137
    3. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 139-164
  5. Building Internet Minds and Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 167-182
    3. Ben Goertzel, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj
      Pages 183-193
    4. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 195-240
    5. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 241-260
    6. Ben Goertzel
      Pages 261-271
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-330

About this book


Creating Internet Intelligence is an interdisciplinary treatise exploring the hypothesis that global computer and communication networks will one day evolve into an autonomous intelligent system, and making specific recommendations as to what engineers and scientists can do today to encourage and shape this evolution. A general theory of intelligent systems is described, based on the author's previous work; and in this context, the specific notion of Internet intelligence is fleshed out, in its commercial, social, psychological, computer-science, philosophical, and theological aspects. Software engineering work carried out by the author and his team over the last few years, aimed at seeding the emergence of Internet intelligence, is reviewed in some detail, including the Webmind AI Engine, a uniquely powerful Internet-based digital intelligence, and the Webworld platform for peer-to-peer distributed cognition and artificial life. The book should be of interest to computer scientists, philosophers, and social scientists, and more generally to anyone concerned about the nature of the mind, or the evolution of computer and Internet technology and its effect on human life.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Creating Internet Intelligence
  • Book Subtitle Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain
  • Authors Ben Goertzel
  • Series Title International Federation for Systems Research International Series on Systems Science and Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46735-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5133-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0561-7
  • Series ISSN 1574-0463
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    Philosophy of Mind
    Philosophy of Technology
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