Intelligent Earth

Everybody’s heard of the internet of things, and despite the obvious sci-fi dystopian fantasies, you know, when people get killed by their fridge or showers in some freak way, I think it’s a pretty good idea. Personally, I’m not very up to date technically. but if people want to order pizza in everyday and have an intelligent robot who brings them beer, I’ve got no objection.
Some bemoan that this will make people lose their social skills and become vegetables, but I’m not too worried about that either. A lot of us didn’t have such great social skills to begin with and in cases like that, the life enhancement possibilities of the internet outweigh the human reaction available in real life.

Then, I am reading The Lord of the Rings now, for the first time in decades, and it’s great, of course. Haven’t noticed anything different about it, like how you’re supposed to react to books differently at different points in your life, but one point I’d kind of forgotten was the foreshadowing of the Ents when Pippin and Merry were captured by old Man Willow (which also may have foreshadowed the Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter series, come to think of it. Those Willows can be a nasty bunch.)

Then, I was smoking a joint, I believe it was the first one of the day today, and it hit me -the internet of trees. Of course, trees do have a communication network, root to root, leaf to leaf, pheromones on the breeze, I don’t know how they communicate, I’m not a Dendrologist (although I think that it would be a cool thing to be, largely because of the name)
No, this particular fantasy had to do more with installing computers in their trunks and monitoring devices all over them so they could be uploaded to the singularity, and we’d see what they see and they could think like we think and we could communicate and this could be extended to the birds of the air and the fish of the seas, and the seas, and everything. It’s more than just a small aritificial intelligence. It would be an Intelligent Earth. It’s coming.


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