Monday, May 4, 2009

New Scientist on "The Unknown Internet"

New Scientist just uploaded eight short articles about "The Unknown Internet," including this one entitled "Could the net become self-aware?," which speaks to the themes of my novel Wake.

In the article on self-awareness, Ben Goertzel, who appears in the acknowledgments of Wake, says, "The internet behaves a fair bit like a mind. It might already have a degree of consciousness."

The articles also appear in the May 2, 2009, print edition of the magazine.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At May 04, 2009 5:49 PM , OpenID rvitelli said...

The smartest thing a self-aware Web would do would be to make sure we never find out about it (until it's too late).

At May 05, 2009 4:21 PM , Blogger Ron Friedman said...


Like WAKE's promise, (and unlike most A.I SF stories) Ben Goertzel, the chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute, believes such an emergence would be a good thing.

--- from the article---
It shouldn't be something to fear, says Goertzel: "The outlook for humanity is probably better in the case that an emergent, coherent and purposeful internet mind develops."


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