Monday, May 14, 2012
An existing, ecologically-successful genus of collectively intelligent artificial creatures Kuipers, Benjamin [pdf]
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The Splintered Mind: Martian Rabbit Superorganisms, Yeah!
The most sophisticated ant colonies (e.g., large leaf cutter colonies) are as intelligent and sophisticated in their behavior as rabbits. If we're going to reject biological chauvinism and continguism (prejudice against discontiguous entities) on behalf of the Martians, why not reject those prejudices on behalf of Earthly superorganisms too? Maybe the colony as a whole has a distinctive, unified stream of conscious experience, of roughly mammal-level intelligence, above and beyond the consciousness of the individual ants (if individual ants even do have individual consciousness).