When computers pass around Web pages, they don’t know what they’re talking about but I envision an intelligence emerging where creation and consumption will be dominated by computers not people.
Eventually, the Cloud will arrive at a much richer infrastructure, in which ideas can potentially evolve outside of human minds.
Imagine something happening in the Cloud along evolutionary lines. It already happens in trivial ways, with viruses, but that’s just the beginning. Imagine nontrivial forms of organization evolving in the Cloud. Ideas could evolve that are much too complicated to hold in the human mind.
We can already detect primitive forms of organization in the Cloud that we didn’t design. We are already observing a pattern of organization we can identify & even make sense of but we didn’t engineer it. Clouds will ultimately get more intelligent & start interacting, not just carrying messages for humans but sharing knowledge among themselves.
We will see patterns evolve among Clouds that we can comprehend, as we comprehend the patterns of living organisms, but not completely understand them. Some forms of organization among Clouds that go beyond humans are already evolving. In the short term new forms of human organization are enabled.
We don’t necessarily understand all the details of the organization forming among Clouds, just as we don’t really understand all the details of living organisms. However, just because we don’t understand something doesn’t mean its not happening.