Sometimes I pick up my phone, and test Google Assistant by asking a question such as, 'What is the chemical formula for adenine?'
For that question, my phone answered, 'The formula for adenine is C5H5N5.'
That means it is made of five carbon, five hydrogen, and five nitrogen atoms. Adenine is one of the four nucleic acids that make up our DNA. Adenine is essential for life.
For plants, the carbon comes from the CO2 in the air. The hydrogen comes from the water, the H2O, in the soil. Even though the atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, plants do not get their nitrogen from the air. Plants get nitrogen in a water soluble form from the soil.
Legumes, bean plants, are an exception. Legumes have a symbiotic relationship with rhizobacteria. The rhizobacteria live in the roots of the legumes, and are able to convert nitrogen from the air into food for the plants.
This symbiotic relationship is an example of synergy between different living organisms. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts because the parts are different.
Humanity is now creating a new form of complexity, machine intelligence, from the building blocks of processors, memory, storage, networking, and of course the software and the data that are being processed in this hardware. Machine intelligence is another example of synergy, a greater whole that emerges from different parts; sort of like people from skin, blood, brain, heart, and so on.
The most interesting and important thing happening in the world right now is the greater whole that may emerge from the synergy of human and machine intelligence.
There are obstacles that need to be overcome.
One of the largest untapped resources in the world is the capacity of our phones to network directly with each other. Current phones usually have at least two radios, one for connecting to the cellular network, and another for connecting to Wi-Fi networks. In some phones there is even a third radio that can receive FM radio waves.
Within a distance of 10 feet or so, phones can probably connect with each other with a lower latency, lower power consumption, greater reliability, and higher speed than with WiFi routers or cell phone base stations which would be farther away. With low frequency, long wavelength radio waves, the radios in our phones could have a range of a couple of miles.
What would be the reason for networking our phones directly with each other? The purpose would be to create a global, distributed, decentralized exascale machine intelligence platform.
My current phone has two gigabytes (GB) of memory. I expect that my next phone, to be purchased in the second half of 2019, will have six GB of memory. Two GB will be able to take care of the things my current phone can do. The remaining four GB could be apportioned with one for Jaybay's, my digital agent's, model of me, a second for Jaybay's model of the local situation, a third GB for a model of the global context, and the fourth GB of additional memory might be involved in processing a merged, networked model of all of the other models.
A million such devices, each of which has a processor that can do trillions of machine learning operations per second, could create an exascale platform. Imagine having a conversation with a machine learning representation of the collective intelligence of humanity. Remember, you are part of that collective intelligence.
In addition to the capacity of our phones to create ad hoc peer and mesh wireless networks with each other, another untapped resource that is ripe for utilization is IPv6, which is a superior Internet Protocol compared with IPv4.
On my Android phone, I can touch Settings, then About Phone, then Status to see that my phone has two IP addresses. The longer address, which supports a higher level of complexity, is the IPv6 address, and the shorter address is the IPv4 address. I want my phone to use IPv6 for everything.
Another untapped resource is my phone's storage. There are music recordings stored at YouTube that I listen to daily, and sometimes more than once per day. It makes sense for those songs to be stored in my phone instead of me retrieving them from some data center on the Internet each time I want to listen to them. Let's create a public fund to pay the artists through a bulk license so anyone anywhere can enjoy any creative content anytime.
We should not be so wasteful of these untapped resources, the radios, advanced Internet Protocol, and storage in our phones.
What do we want?
Global collective democracy.
When do we want it?
BTW, it seems hypocritical to me for the United States government to accuse Huawei of violating people's right to privacy. Let's create a level playing field by requiring all companies to operate according to basic principles including Article 12 of the UDHR, and Article 7d of the Earth Charter.
Also, BTW, when I purchase my next phone, I would like to pay for a second phone on a Get One, Give One basis so someone who would otherwise be unable to afford it could get connected. The whole is greater.
February 23, 2019
Update March 7, 2019
What could be accomplished if 5 billion dollars of public money was invested in a low earth orbit network of satellites to provide worldwide, high speed, low cost Internet access? Could a network of high-altitude balloons provide a similar scale and quality of Internet access at a lower cost? If the network was prepaid with public dollars, there would be no need to charge the users.