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Machine intelligence letters [letter 1]

30 Mai 2016 , Rédigé par Med Zied Arbi

History of man

I'm really confused, how to tell the story of man, should i start with the fact that we are an animal species or should i begin with the story of man as a social creature.

As a specie, the human kind got itself separated from the taxonomical tribe of the Hominine 200 000 years ago in Africa, since then humans wandered on all corners of earth for resources or fleeing danger.

The last sentence suggests that the two basics needs for a human were "food' and "security", that was all what mattered for thousands of years.

Food was irrelevant, and not always abundant or easy to get, to get food men were obliged to hunt other animals. Small animals were easy to catch but they were small and man needed more food to sustain its ever growing nutritional needs, so he turned into larger animals. Larger animals were not that easy to catch or a man by his own, and this is a breakpoint in the human history, small colonies began to emerge, small groups of hunters wandered looking for bigger preys like zebras and buffalos, this new life style is made the human more intelligent and creative.

With colonies growing in size, humans become aware that food is becoming less and less abundant, the solution was to return to its vegetarian primate origins, and this another marking point in history, "the naissance of agriculture", researchers say that the earliest development was around 11 500 years ago in the Fertile crescent.

The fertile crescent is the name given to the region in middle east around the rivers Tigris, Euphrates and Nile, and as we all know water sources are inevitable to agriculture, this resulted in a mass migration to those regions, remember that before the colonies of man were composed of a small number of individuals, now those colonies become bigger and bigger and this is another marking point in history "The first cities".

Cities provided individuals with security and food become again abundant, this abundance resulted in the first commercial exchanges "food for food" and this is another marking point.

To trade goods, the first men faced a new challenge "how to express your needs and desires to others?" and this is another marking point "The first language".

Language by definition is a mean of communication, language made exchanges easier but the most important consequence of this invention is that ideas now can be communicated between individuals, which lead us to another marking point "The first cosmogony".

Cosmogony is a story of the origin and development of the universe, cosmogonies is important because they enabled the first men to train their brains to imagine abstract things and to interpolate concepts.

For me this is where the history of man stops, the rest just describes an adaptive and evolutive of the man.

Conclusions and remarks
  • Intelligence is a quantified process, and between each realization there is always an event.
  • The common aspect of each defining moment is the emergence of a sort of a network, at first formed by the small group of hunters that wandered looking for food, secondly formed by the groups of hunters forming the first agriculture colonies around the Fertile Crescent rivers, After that formed by trading routes between cities connecting people via merchandise.
  • Other events like the "first rail routes" also marked humanity physically connecting people from different cities and countries.
  • 20th century, was marked by ideologies, let's take the example of communism. Communism gained momentum after the Bolshevik revolution but let's focus on how did communism reached Russia at first place, Marx, Proudhon and Bakunin were the precursors of communism their articles slowly reached workers from all over the world, and small groups of adepts of communism began to form in France (where they started the first socialist revolution "Commune de Paris"), Germany, England, USA etc. Those groups become connected and often cooperated in order to establish the "dictatorship of the proletariat".

The historical facts are not as important for this analysis as the fact that those factions formed a network which opened the way to non-material network or data networks.

Now i need to ask you a question, do you think that intelligence emerges within the network?

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