Updated 2019 04 26, to add links to related articles.
Hive Mind — Making Mankind into God — A little over eight years I came across a report, Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance (pre-publication on-line version), June 2002, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, pp. 164, 165 PDF File (4.7 MB), and wrote a commentary about it:
The Hive Mind: Rebirth or the End of Humanity?
Will the innovations brought by converging technologies for improving human performance augment or eliminate humans?
This morning I listened to the radio and heard part of a discussion with Dr. Charles Higgins from the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. He basically appears to be a proponent of much of what the commentary mentioned above targets, but he seems to have his feet a bit more firmly on the ground than the US National Science Foundation does. I gathered from that discussion that we are still a long way off from creating an artificial intelligence that comes close to competing with human abilities, let alone equal or surpass them.
It appears that since the original report by the NSF and the DoC, the creation of artificial intelligence has not made much more inroads than to begin investigating the workings of the brain of the honey bee at a very rudimentary level, with an amount of equipment and a state of sophistication that is still a far cry from the lofty and ambitious goals set by the NSF and the DoC, but it is a first step. The amount of progress made towards creating the hive mind is comparable to putting the stakes into the ground for a massive building, say, the Capitol Building in Washington DC, without the funding for the rest of it having yet been authorized, let alone secured — except that putting the stakes into the ground for a building that size today would require vastly less money than appears to have been consumed by Dr. Higgins in his efforts to investigate the workings of the brain of the honey bee and other insects that were the targets of his research. However, what does that matter? The source of funding for both of those endeavors is inexhaustible taxpayer money. There is no doubt in my mind that inexhaustible funding will be required and much of it consumed in the quest for the creation of the hive mind.
There is much that is artificial about the few examples shown here, but they and others like them lack evidence that much progress took place with regard to intelligence.
- Humanarchy – Chapter 1: Breaking The Credibility Barrier
“The creation of artificial intelligence not only helped send men to the moon – it helped to create a new place for those of us back here on Earth to exist. For the first time in the history of the world our species began to create a collective mind beyond the biological confines of our individual selves. The Internet – the cyber-mind was born….”
- The Head of the Medusa — Chapter 9: A light out of darkness; charging the guilty
“The purpose of human beings is therefore no longer to reproduce.
Humanity is in effect, self-enforcing its own destruction.
Humanity as it existed before the triple development (before we could view our world from beyond its confines, before the creation of artificial intelligence and before the control of reproduction) is now obsolete….”
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- There are about 370 more examples in the category The New World Order that show that the road to artificiality, let alone artificial intelligence, is a long, rocky one to travel.