Victor Vina is an interaction designer working on the intersection of design research, digital craft and open technologies. He has researched about networked objects (Royal College of Art, London), open systems to set up distributed wireless...
The Internet of Things and the Noosphere
ScientificAmerican.com: "How the "Internet of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms. ScientificAmerican.com is blogging the latest trends in science and technology, including Fast Company's piece "How the "Internet of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms, When city services can autonomously go online and digest information from the cloud, they can reach a level of performance never before seen." The comments are interesting and may be symptomatic of a 'general expert audience'; it is either still 'conceptual' or the fear is that it is 'hackable'.
An interesting comment is by 'voyager': "English Major here: "can anybody say, "Teilhard de Chardin--the Noosphere?" Everybody thought this brilliant Jesuit anthropologist had gone a bridge too far when he came up with this idea several decades ago. He thought it would come through evolution, and in a way it has."
For Teilhard, "the noosphere emerges through and is constituted by the interaction of human minds. The noosphere has grown in step with the organization of the human mass in relation to itself as it populates the earth. As mankind organizes itself in more complex social networks, the higher the noosphere will grow in awareness. This concept is an extension of Teilhard's Law of Complexity/Consciousness, the law describing the nature of evolution in the universe. Teilhard argued the noosphere is growing towards an even greater integration and unification, culminating in the Omega Point, which he saw as the goal of history. The goal of history, then, is an apex of thought/consciousness."