We are so wedded as a culture now to computers and digital devices of all sorts that it seems virtually impossible for most people to imagine a life without them. Perhaps it is easier for me because I belong to a generation that grew up with nothing but typewriters and landlines. But even for me it’s a stretch to imagine a post-digital society connected telepathically rather than electronically, where sharing data is merely a thought (not a even a keystroke) away. Most science fiction I’ve seen envisions advanced AI and AI/human interfaces or AI vs. human warfare (like the Terminator series), but not a universe that has evolved beyond computer-based entities. Gaia’s Web charts a path to such a future. Can you imagine yourself living that way? The forthcoming sequel Gaia’s Mind will begin to explore this new territory.
Life after Computers
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