Viewing the internet as a “mutant child” is mildly amusing for those of us who spend every waking moment using said mutant child for entertainment, work and staying connected. (By staying connected I mean tagging friends in relatable memes on Facebook about being an embarrassment to myself).
ARPA’s (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) aim of introducing these high-speed transmission lines to the world was designed to assure control over a ravaged society after a nuclear holocaust. This was not the outcome.
Fortunately, the spawn of ARPA’s network is what we now know as the internet.
If the internet was referred to as a “mutant child” in the 90’s, what would it be called now after evolving even more rapidly than it was during the time of Nokia’s brick cell phone?
Is there a possibility that our machines, which so happen to go hand-in-hand with the internet, will grow some sort of consciousness, just as Alan Turing suggested? If these transmission lines can still operate whilst in tatters, there may be a technology in the near future which has the ability to act as a conscious being.