Friday, 31 August 2012


A long way down
"Is the internet a collective pool of human thought that has the potential to evolve and continue the line of development into another level, another proverbial turtle on the way to wherever it is we’re headed?”

I'm fairly well read, but I'm not nerdy enough, so I had to think about it and read about it to form even a vague opinion. My first thoughts were 'all the way down' then 'Discworld' then 'Matrix'.  To bonafide nerds maybe one of these came to mind: Artificial intelligence, Neural Networks, Symbolic Approaches, Cognitive Computers, Turing, Asimov,HAL, Sonny, SkyNet, WorldWeb or Technological Singularity.

(Or you’re thinking Meh.  /digress)

Vernor Vinge coined the term ‘Technological Singularity’ which to the layperson means a point in time at which the expansion of artificial intelligence becomes infinite, a super intelligence surpassing any human’s.  A Moore’s Law on crack, if you will.  He estimated this to happen between 2005 and 2030. What this implies is that in our lifetime technology will (has) become not just faster and more intelligent than humans, but able to self-diagnose, modify or repair itself on a continuous feedback loop thereby becoming infinitely more intelligent.

In 2012, 18 years before the dead line, 17 year old Brittany Wenger built a breast cancer detection neural network app using Google’s app engine. It sources data from a machine learning repository and will eventually be scaled to collect information from every hospital in the world. The neural network attempts to replicate the brain’s thought processes, with networked computers acting as the neurons.  Like humans, it works together to solve specific problems and learns from its mistakes thus improving its own diagnostic power and the data itself.  It essentially becomes more intelligent. It took her less than a month. Is this evidence of singularity? I don't think so, but it's debatable.

Through action, innovation, learning and social interaction, Technology has become iteratively more intelligent. I believe this is how our brains evolved. In an age where we transfer our thoughts to the Internet enabling others to effectively 'hear' them, and us theirs, we’ve become limited versions of Dan Simmons' Hollow Man.

“Is the Internet a collective pool of human thought that has the potential to evolve and continue the line of development into another level, another proverbial turtle on the way to wherever it is we’re headed?”

The answer, for me, maybe not for you, is yes. The new question is:

What does this say of our reliance on the not so little turtle called Technology?

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Social Media Is Consuming 20% Of Total Internet Usage Time: Psychology Of Social Networking Read more:

Whether it is business, interaction or knowledge sharing, social media has already become a trend among the people globally and the usage and addiction for Social networking sites is increasing. People spend a lot of time on social media to portray themselves to others and this trend is reducing the actual time spent by a person to meet some one personally.
One out of every 8 persons in the world are found to be using Facebook whereas 9 out of 10 users in the United States are found to be using any one of the social network. One out of every five minutes spent online is on social networking websites. Social media is consuming 20% of the total internet usage time.
It is a pity that the average number of friends in real life is less than the average number of friends in Facebook. There are 150 friends in real life on average when compared to 245 friends on Facebook. All the friends that we add is due to the people we already know, mutual friends, appearance of the person and to improve the business network.
Astonishingly 80% of the total posts on social media is only about the poster. It is like we are obsessed with ourselves. 35% of the 250 million photos that are uploaded daily, are tagged by the users themselves.
People with high level of narcissism or low self-esteem spent over an hour a day on Facebook. As people spend more time on Facebook, they start to believe that others have a better life than them.
Check out the interesting Infographic.