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June 10 - Sentient Mechanics: The Web Like You’ve Never Known‏

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Sentient Mechanics: The Web Like You’ve Never Known

Jun 9th in Science & Technology by Micah Hanks


The web is changing more and more with every passing day. Not only are the applications and abilities afforded people by the internet becoming more and more readily available, but those both in the governmental and private sector eager to capitalize on e-commerce are constantly brainstorming and developing new ways to cash in on what the web has to offer.
But will this continue to make the web a profitable e-industry, or will it eventually stifle the progress made in recent years by electronic data systems?
It is unlikely that anything could stifle the rate at which information is made available on the web at this point. Even if a system of taxes or revenues were levied in order to profit from news sources making their content available online, or even to prevent intercontinental transactions occurring without some form of taxation, the allure of internet-based businesses still outshines the traditional elements of a physical business with a street address, with many of the latter expanding their operations to national (and even global) potentials by integrating the two. But what if the web were growing in other ways–and so quickly that its progress had potential to sneak up on us?
Truth be known, there are some experts who already feel like the internet, a summation of virtually all mankind’s knowledge outsourced from our brains and into computers, is functioning more and more like an enormous, interdependent (yet strikingly autonomous) human mind itself. The collective intelligence of our species, funneled into online networks, contains a frightening amount of personal information about virtually every living person, and it doesn’t appear to be stopping with social networking sites like Facebook. If anything, as more and more information become available to the growing body of technology already accessible to the web, the science fictionist deep within may begin to question at what point the net begins to function as an independent entity?
Sure, it extends into the realm of science fiction at this point (as posts written by yours truly most often tend to do), but speculation regarding such things may not be premature, nor anything to play down too quickly. After all, the idea of a gigantic “Earth brain” isn’t anything new. In fact, it dates back to the 1980s, and even has an entry on Wikipedia devoted to it with the following revelatory statement about collective consciousness and Earth brains:
“As the Internet becomes faster, more intelligent, more ubiquitous and more encompassing, it increasingly ties us together in a single information processing system, that functions like a “brain” for the planet Earth.”
Author Peter Russell is credited with actually coining the term in his book The Global Brain. By the late 80s and early 90s, speculation among writers in the science and IT communities had begun to also speculate on the emergence of a global “in-tech-ligence” of sorts. But how soon until the internet becomes self aware and begins launching hoards of cybernetic robots out to hunt and destroy mankind? This may not be a concern any time soon, but the development of consciousness–and whether the Internet has begun to exhibit signs of it–is already a matter of scientific debate also. According to a statement in 2009 by Ben Goertzel, chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute, “The internet behaves a fair bit like a mind,” adding that it “might already have a degree of consciousness.”
How might out-sourcing the web’s “intelligence” begin to lead to manifestations of consciousness on a broader level similar to the human mind and its thought processes? Furthermore, could the web indeed ever become self-aware, and if so, would this present a great benefit to mankind in the pursuit of knowledge and technological advancements, or would it be a proverbial death-nail, as proposed by so many futuristic thrillers and science fiction films?

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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