The Internet is an electronic organism. Seeing an animation of its actual evolution (2003 to 2021) astounds me (link upcoming).
Beginning around 2003, the actual structure of the Internet at various days was computed, graphically transposed (for each computation), then merged this year into a time series which shows an electronic organism growing.
Wait a few seconds for the animation to begin itself:
the body of Earthan intelligence evolving.
You can see, then, what I meant by “recursive” in my description of
the static 2003 version years ago.
The late-stage colors indicate continental domains:
- blue: North America
- green: Europe
- violet: Latin America
- burgandy: Asia Pacific
- orange: Africa
- white: backbone (highly connected networks)
If you click “Learn More” at the animation, you do indeed learn more. It’s amazing. (The main animation is also available on YouTube.)
You can see the complexity of the Internet as a couple of static images
at the end of the sequence of 9 on the Time Magazine site, which zooms into the South Korean segment at images 7-9. Click the bottom of the image at the top of the article to go to those images.
The Internet is the unfathomably complex electronic mind of
our species, ever evolving.
Last here—but by no means least—is a stunning graphic about all
the “stuff in space” that’s orbiting Earth (debris, as well as satellites).
At finer grain level there (“+”, as with Google Maps), the orbits will show, and the continents show. The Earth can be turned by swiping
Is it any wonder that Absolute Others Out There may stay Silent?—stunned?: “The being’s evolution is accelerating.”
Or perhaps, We’re the First in Our galaxy, destined to Silently watch Absolute Others learn to do the same.