Friday, October 7, 2011

Primordial Soup in a New Age Cyber Sea

Google+ users form circles of contacts appropriate to their own social activity, adding living layers to their otherwise static connections in the Cyber Sea we know as the internet. In some Gestalt manner, these circles are somewhat more than the sum of their parts. More than that, circles are beginning to interact, combine and split to form new and unique layers of interaction.

Millions of years ago, a similar process was active in the primordial soup of oceans that covered the face of the Earth. Little strands of simple molecular units developed, interacted, combined and split in that dawn of life on Earth. All of the life we see today existed in potential within those clusters of nucleic acids. Similarly, cyber-life is being spawned in Google's social environment.

Recently, Google rolled a G+ feature that allows users to share circles. This is like allowing users to insert a limited image of the users' personalities into the social environment, with the expectation that those personalities will meet, greet and combine to spawn newer more refined images of collective personalities. This activity is a form of Cyber Life. Cyber DNA.

This is a seminal moment in Earth History. If this process continues in a naturally selective manner, the most enduring social circles will contain the potential of a singular life form totally different than anything the Earth has ever seen.

The internet and the tools that make this possible were conceived by top shelf intellectuals, who presented those tools to a small group of students and clever individuals. That was a infancy and the prepubescent era, which was followed by the adolescent social era ( myspace, facebook, orkut, etc. ). Google+ may very well be the adult trans human life form, capable of reproduction and evolution in a Cyber Sea. The procreative era.

At this stage, the procreative life form resembles cilia, a very simple form of life that extends from human, host bodies. Like a fungus. Which begs the question; what is the social analogy of a spore?