Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Importance of the Global Brain

Economics needs futuristic thinking. The following is a highly edited version of a conference notice for 2015 which maybe of interest. The notice gives a very clear, and basic  understanding of the Global Brain which incidently was discussed in an earlier post. Such a Brain would have great implications for a future economics ( My project is also similiar to a Global Brain, and indeed, can be part of it in essence http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Universal_Debating_Project )

A futuristic understanding of economics in the link below.

....................The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components-a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects.

Prof. Francis Heylighen, director of the Global Brain Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel

Subject and Scope

The concept of the Global Brain touches a wide variety of issues concerned with the large-scale impact of information technologies on society. We give priority to interdisciplinary research that integrates different levels, applications and domains, so as to provide a long-term vision of the future.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Futuristic socio-economic paradigms.
  • Applications of collective intelligence for tackling global challenges.
  • Sociotechnological evolution, trends and patterns.
  • Distributed governance, decision-making and democracy.
  • Knowledge-based civilization.
  • Privacy, security, freedom and ethics in the information age.
  • Relationship between the Global Brain and the individual.
  • Information systems and technologies with global impact:
  • Internet of Things
  • Semantic Web.
  • MOOCs and other online education technologies,
  • Global healthcare management
  • Smart Grids
  • Human - machine interfaces and convergence.
  • Artificial Intelligence... 

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