Amazing Grace

The human race has twice fallen from Grace. Both times by accident. A series of unfortunate events you might say. In each case a simple, easily reversed, psychological problem that has gone undetected and thus untreated. To understand what happened we need a better understanding of how we work as a group – as a collective.

We have the ability to use our brains for both individual thought and to also share unused processing power in collective clusters – virtual brains – to solve larger problems and explore new ideas. We can do the same thing with computers which we call Beowulf clusters.

A Beowulf cluster is a group of inexpensive computers which when networked together and running the appropriate software, can function as though they were one large computer. All PC’s in the cluster continue to work as independent machines. The Beowulf software allocates resources between the PC’s stand alone tasks and the shared tasks of the cluster. PC’s can be added or removed without any effect on the shared tasks eg to repair a faulty machine or increase the computing power of the cluster.

Beowulf drawing

The virtual PC generated by the cluster software doesn’t physically exist. The shared tasks run as separate programs on the individual PC’s with the output available on any PC and so is an illusion of computing.Yet this non existent illusion generates the performance of a $5 million supercomputer with $50,000 worth of PC and networking equipment. The PC’s don’t even need to be physically connected together – a computer retailer in the USA used the internet to Beowulf the display PC’s in their stores across the country and sold the computing power generated for a tidy sum.

The One Mind.
Like Beowulf, it is a virtual mind and thus doesn’t physically exist. That doesn’t stop it working 24hours a day. Each task or program running on the One Mind is a small task running on many individual brains and sharing data and processing functions. The task is managed from any of the participating individuals through their consciousness.
Any person faced with a problem too big for one brain can pass the problem off to the collective thus starting a new task. Any one else with an interest in that problem can then join in. 2 heads are better than 1, 20,000 heads are better than 2. The output is common knowledge so becomes available to all who participate, and anyone else who later asks.
This is the Computer Designed for Deep Thought.

Amazing Grace

The Janus Process.
Janus – the gatekeeper – is the name I use for the set of metaphysical processes or programs that run on our individual brains to manage our “headnet” connections. It is firstly a firewall, meant to keep the collective processes sub-conscious so as not to distract our conscious self. It is also a resource manager, allocating our spare mental processes (about 80% to 90% ) to collective tasks according to our conscious will. Lastly it is a set of default, or inbuilt, tasks including the collective conscience, memory management, the great library of common knowledge and subconscious communication services.


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