The Brain Race is on!
Maybe you’ve already forgotten but back in January Google was attacked by alleged Chinese hackers. The New York Times reports today with more details about the attack.
What caught my attention is that “one of Google’s crown jewels, a password system that controls access by millions of users worldwide to almost all of the company’s Web services, including e-mail and business applications” was called Gaia”. Any touchy-feely- tree-hugging-organic-chicken-eating-Earth lover knows that Gaia is the “Greek goddess of the Earth”. And the Gaia hypothesis, for those who have been hiding under a rock for the past 40 years, is the “hypothesis [that views] the Earth as a single organism”.
So one must presume that the geeks with the planet-sized brains at Google think that they are, in fact, going to bring a planet-sized brain into being. Of course now that it’s out in the public eye they simply call it the “Single Sign-On” Not quite as prophetic is it?
I wonder if the real reason that Google pulled out of China is more a question of closing as many ports as possible that could be used by Government-backed Chinese hackers who want to reverse engineer their own planet-sized brain …
The race might be unwinnable though. Perhaps no company will successfully come up with a design for a single, planet-sized brain as the Universe has evolved in such a way that to instantiate cognition all brains, no matter the origin, must evolve toward a bi-hemisphere architecture where each half, working from similar technology while evolving from competing origins deals with different approaches to data processing.
Of course, the kind of processing going on in a planetary two-hemisphered brain might defy the neat categorizations we’ve come up with for the human brain.
But it’s nonetheless great fun to try and map right-left brain functions to Caucasian and Asian stereotypes.
Presently listening to: “Hemispheres” by Rush