Tim O’Reilly: Birth of the Global Mind

Dates: September 5, 2012
Location: San Francisco, California

“Birth of the Global Mind,” Tim O’Reilly, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Wednesday, September 5. The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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“The history of civilization is a story of evolution in our ability to build complex ‘multicellular minds,‘” says Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media (books, conferences, foo camps, Maker Faires, Makemagazine.)

Speech allowed us to communicate and coordinate. Writing allowed that coordination to span time and space. Twentieth century mass communications allowed shared information and culture to blanket the world. In the 21st century, memes spread mind to mind in nearly real time.

But that’s not all. In one breakthrough computer application after another, we see a new kind of man-machine symbiosis. The Google autonomous vehicle turns out not to be just a triumph of artificial intelligence algorithms. The car is guided by the cloud memory of roads driven before by human Google Streetview drivers augmented by powerful and precise new sensors. In the same way, crowd-sourced data from sensor-enabled humans is leading to smarter cities, breakthroughs in healthcare, and new economies.

The future belongs not to artificial intelligence, but to collective intelligence.

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7:30pm to 9:00pm PST

Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason Center San Francisco, California