15 NOV 2013 by ideonexus

 The Search for Internet Intelligence

While detecting an ET intelligence would overturn terrestrial religions forever, detecting a global internet intelligence would have wide-ranging ramifications for society. We'd have daily contact with an AI much larger than us, one that presumably would be steadily increasing in power every 18 months (Moore's Law). And this AI is embedded in the central nervous system of our global economy and culture. It's what we are connected to 24/7. It is also increasingly acts as our exo-brain. If it h...
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Notes on the search for a global intelligence in the Word Wide Web.

24 MAR 2013 by ideonexus

 Television is Not a Passive Medium

Ever since viewing screens entered the home, many observers have worried that they put our brains into a stupor. An early strain of research claimed that when we watch television, our brains mostly exhibit slow alpha waves—indicating a low level of arousal, similar to when we are daydreaming. These findings have been largely discarded by the scientific community, but the myth persists that watching television is the mental equivalent of, as one Web site put it, “staring at a blank wall....
Folksonomies: parenting television
Folksonomies: parenting television
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Our brains enter a state similar to that of reading a book when watching TV. Children are able to make sense of TV and are actively engaged with it.