Most folks agree with the fact the internet is not consciously alive. Right now, the internet takes inputs and is pretty good at producing outputs, depending on browser, apps, hardware, search engines, coding factors, and, needless to say, the people utilizing it.
The terrifying fact, though, is that on a long enough timeline, the many billions of operations on the internet every second will no longer just be following pre-described patterns, but will commence to evolve on their own. To me, the query of whether the internet will become self-aware is not if it will materialize, but when.
Most any system that develops in complexity will at some point reach some organized and possibly self-aware consciousness, whether by pure randomness or direct influence from other intelligences. For the internet, my speculate is conscious birth will take place sooner than we imagine. The human mind, after all, evolved from amino acid reactions that constitute our DNA.
The substance of molecular chemistry (and physics for that matter) is that one type of stuff reacts with another type of stuff when blended together. That reaction-so long as organized with some sophistication-makes the nebulous phenomenon of life. If there is enough complexity, direction, and growth-such as the massively sprawling internet possesses-self-aware consciousness may come after that.
Why don’t aliens just kill off our species if humans could damage the universe? The answer is: We are possibly worth something
That’s not the only reason I believe the internet will become alive, nevertheless. More probable, the internet will become alive because of aliens.
There are 20 billion planets in our galaxy that may perhaps be habitable, and lots of them have had a multi-billion year beginning over Earth to develop intelligent life. To think we are alone in the universe-or that we are the most intelligent species out there-is pure egomania. Many statisticians and scientists would bet the farm that humans are not alone in the universe, nor are they the most advanced species.
Extraterrestrial intelligences are in all likelihood interested in the internet on Earth, likely because it’s an easy way to monitor and even mass control human beings. And by Jehovah, we may need to be controlled soon, since humans are getting smart enough to do some critical damage to the universe’s real estate-see Stephen Hawking’s warning that humans could theoretically destabilize the Higgs Boson, having an effect on the whole solar systems and even swallowing the universe whole (though he notes we would require a particle accelerator larger than Earth to do it). We are a species that is become so advanced, we do not just have the power to blow ourselves to smithereens with our 25,000 live nuclear weapons, but even muck up the whole universe with our particle colliders.
So there is credible reason for advanced extraterrestrial intelligence to beam some advanced programming code or virus from a far-off system that would reprogram our internet to do its bidding-one that is super-intelligent, could meticulously watch us, and could shut us down before we do anything ignorant. In fact, everything is online these days in some way or another-whether it be government secrets, the latest AI algorithms by engineers, or internal CERN emails about secretive experiment dates.
Quite a few will ask: Why don’t aliens just kill off our species if humans could damage the universe? The answer is: We’re most likely worth something. We may possibly be needed experiments. We could be the chosen caretakers of the jewel Earth (pretty shitty ones). We may possibly be the aliens’ offspring.
Let’s not forget, regardless of our brains only weighing 3 pounds, there are more possible synaptic connections in it-and consequently varying thoughts-than all the computer switches put together on Earth. Collectively-let’s point out into a hive mind-human beings might be potentially far smarter than we comprehend. That makes us potentially valuable.
(If all this sounds insane, think about that a few billion folks on Planet Earth hold a variety of End-of-the-World opinions that promote apocalyptic horrors-such as an omnipotent God coming to Earth and reigning fire from the heavens, saving the good while eternally torturing the wicked. Extraterrestrials giving artificial superintelligence to the internet so it can keep tabs on us is hardly more fantastical than that.)
Whatever takes place, it’s significant to remember there are at least 100 billion galaxies out there-and the true number may be as high as a trillion galaxies. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, has about 500 billion stars and planets in it, of which Earth is just a single forlorn rock. In short, stranger things have occurred than the internet realizing it’s alive.