When Metaman’s global store of information exists largely as electronic patterns as readily manipulated as the volatile patterns in the human brain, Metaman will truly have a “mind” of its own. Indeed, as its “metathinking” becomes ever richer and is coupled with an ever fuller “self-awareness” provided by its evolving sensory system, Metaman may evolve a sort of planetary “consciousness.”

Gregory Stock

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist, best-selling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social and political implications of today's revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers.

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