April 6, 2005 12:01 AM PST
After a long email discussion GPL ASP loophole
, sparked by a silly article about Sun Microsystems knocking the GPL
, I wanted to get into something a little lighter.
I've watched the first two DVDs of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex recently and really like the series. The original movie is a must-see, but I didn't like the second movie (Innocence) as much. Stand Alone Complex is a TV series that tackles the same issues of consciousnes with an overarching plot that is tied together by each individual episode. The virtual cinematography is incredible and the vision of the future is so ingrained in the story, they don't even bother to explain it. Here's a well written review of the first DVD.
While various networks have become deeply rooted,
and thoughts have been sent out as light
and electrons in a singular direction,
this era has yet to digitize/computerize to the degree necessary
for individuals to become a single complex entity.
What they're saying (and the wikipedia link explains this more) is that not only are artificial intelligences forming (as we saw in Ghost in the Shell), but the next evolution is for complex intelligence formed from multiple individuals. I've only seen the first 8 episodes, but I can totally see the story arc going this way.