[ExI] Looking for a word

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 22:31:17 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM,  Emlyn <emlynoregan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm trying to crystallize a concept, and I need a word to help to do it.
> The online world is now full of APIs, which let code literate people
> talk to online services (all the standard webby protocols, google's
> many apis, amazons compute cloud ++, twitter APIs, facebook APIs, etc
> etc etc). There are myriad ways of interacting with these things, from
> having code on your own machines reach out to them, to hosting code
> "out there" in online services.
> I'm conceptualizing this as a multidimensional space through which
> code literate people can move, interact, create, in a very real sense
> in which we partially can already live. What would you call this
> space? It's a bit like a noosphere, but that term would be a bit trite
> and not do the concept justice. And don't say cyberspace. Any ideas?

I don't know what to call it (people have made good suggestions) but
the long range effect is going to be like extended memory.

It's been developing for a long time, since writing at least, where
more and more of our memory is outside our skulls.  Time will come
when you get a neural implant and your mind will treat information in
it as an extension of your memory.

Considered as a computer, human brains tend to be long in processing
power and short on memory.


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