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The band also has a private Spotify playlist – currently at more than 300 tracks – to which they can all add. Touring doesn’t seem to faze Orono, though. His own literary oeuvre was aimed at a wide audience and set out in good, plain Victorian prose.

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SUPERORGANISMIf you’re looking for a preview of where pop music might be headed, Superorganism would be a good place to start. One strategy is to assume that Internet Intelligence might have its own web page in which it explains how it came into being, what it is doing now, and its plans and hopes for the future. Another strategy is to post an invitation to ii (just as we have posted an invitation to ETI ). Invite it to reveal itself, to dialogue, to join with us in mutually beneficial projects. It is possible, of course, that Internet Intelligence has made a firm decision not to reveal itself, but it is also possible that it is undecided and our invitation will tip the balance.

Scientists describe these slime moulds as ‘societies’ because of the way the individual amoebae work together towards a common cause, sometimes sacrificing themselves on the way. For example, if food is scarce in their soil patch, the amoeba coalesce together forming a tendril that creeps up to the light. Once it has reached the surface, a portion of them form a stalk above ground, by turning their bodies into hard cellulose – a process that kills them. The rest of the mould then climbs the stalk and waits in a blob at the top for a passing animal to transport them to new soils. All this, from the simplest organism.

You will come to another important conclusion. Every psychologist who studies the group soul in nature seeks an answer to the question : Is there some powerful group soul above and beyond nature which dominates all natural phenomena and directs them to some goal? It appears a hopeless task to seek an answer in nature. Every truthful naturalist, who is not led astray by his own hopes and longings, will always doubt his ability to give a truthful answer. It is possible that we see only a small arc of a gigantic circle, that the means and ways of the universal soul lie far beyond our human understanding.

This megasupercomputer is the Cloud of all clouds, the largest possible inclusion of communicating chips. It is a vast machine of extraordinary dimensions. It is comprised of quadrillion chips, and consumes 5% of the planet’s electricity. It is not owned by any one corporation or nation (yet), nor is it really governed by humans at all. Several corporations run the larger sub clouds, and one of them, Google, dominates the user interface to the One Machine at the moment.

After discovering Noguchi could sing (she had been regularly posting covers on SoundCloud ), 19 the group then sent a message to Noguchi, asking if she wanted to add lyrics and vocals to a demo they had been working on at the beginning of 2017. 20 The demo came to be Superorganism’s first single “Something For Your M.I.N.D.”, which was later featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 18 and in the season premiere of the third series of Legion ”, in which the band have portrayed themselves.

If you are more mathematically inclined, H. Kern Reeve and Bert Hölldobler give the theoretical underpinnings for the rise of insect societies in an article The emergence of a superorganism through intergroup competition ,” published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. Their model highlights the crucial role of competition between groups in forcing cooperation within the groups. They note that the same theory probably applies to the evolution of human cooperation, and the cooperation among genes within a genome and cells within multicellular organisms.

Also people on top have the same emotional brain and need a certain happiness in their state to get the feel of power which actually controls them. But I believe this power feeling is a unlimited emotional vector which has never run through the evolutionary need of dealing with AI.

Those who use such creatures as parables, as so many philosophers have done, face — metaphorically speaking — the same danger. Social insects have often been co-opted as models of human society. The right uses them to celebrate the power of hierarchy, the left that of community. Bees attract the liberal and optimistic (the spirit of the beehive), ants the conservative and the anything but (the city as ant heap). Lyndon Johnson found such creatures useful in his Inaugural Address: I do not believe the Great Society is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of the ants. It is the excitement of becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting and trying again,” but politicians of every flavor have turned to them for a series of useful, albeit contradictory, lessons from Nature.

A thought on being a superorganism: wouldn’t we consider something a (super)organism if its dead meant the inevitable dead of its suborganisms as well? For example, if a human or animal dies, the composing organs and (on a lower level) cells will die as well.

Vocalist Seoul has spent time in various different countries, but he was living in Aukland at that time, playing in another local band as well. We ran into him through the local music scene and he became a part of our crew of friends, but he moved to the UK about a year before the rest of us did. When the rest of us were like, Well, we’ve lived Aukland for a year or two, let’s go and have an adventure somewhere else,” London was the logical place for us to go.

Supercomputers built from subcomputers were invented 50 years ago. Back then clusters of tightly integrated specialized computer chips in close proximity were designed to work on one kind of task, such as simulations. This was known as cluster computing. In recent years, we’ve created supercomputers composed of loosely integrated individual computers not centralized in one building, but geographically distributed over continents and designed to be versatile and general purpose. This later supercomputer is called grid computing because the computation is served up as a utility to be delivered anywhere on the grid, like electricity. It is also called cloud computing because the tally of the exact component machines is dynamic and amorphous – like a cloud. The actual contours of the grid or cloud can change by the minute as machines come on or off line.

Because of Superorganism’s hectic touring schedule, Noguchi said she probably won’t get up to Bangor for a visit while the band is in Maine. They play Portland on Thursday night and on Saturday have to be in Boston for the Boston Calling music festival. Noguchi said she and her bandmates are all getting used to the touring lifestyle, and are writing songs for their next album on bus and plane rides.

Their debut album was released on March 2nd, 2018 through Domino Records and Banquet Records. Jürgen Tautz, Helga R. Heilmann: The Buzz about Bees — Biology of a Superorganism, Springer-Verlag 2008. The international pop band will be at Port City Music Hall on Thursday night.

When the seven members of the band arrived and huddled behind my desk, they blew into straws, making percussive noises, used toy cars and radios for sound effects and added lots of handclaps. And in the midst of it all was Orono Noguchi, a small-framed, self-described “average 17-year old Japanese girl living in Maine.” (That’s from an email she wrote me last year). The band set up a couple of belt pack guitar amps for their Moog and electric guitar, along with a big Anvil road case to beat on for percussion – and then they sang about prawns.

In the case of the One Machine we should look for evidence of self-governance at the level of the greater cloud rather than at the component chip level. A very common cloud-level phenomenon is a DDoS attack. In a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack a vast hidden network of computers under the control of a master computer are awakened from their ordinary tasks and secretly assigned to ping” (call) a particular target computer in mass in order to overwhelm it and take it offline. Some of these networks (called bot nets) may reach a million unsuspecting computers, so the effect of this distributed attack is quite substantial. From the individual level it is hard to detect the net, to pin down its command, and to stop it. DDoS attacks are so massive that they can disrupt traffic flows outside of the targeted routers – a consequence we might expect from an superorganism level event.


Superorganism have successfully negotiated a steep trajectory from brand new internet buzz band to much-loved, real world breakout stars, with a global fan base and acclaimed debut album to their name. The London-based, eight person collective of international musicians and pop culture junkies from Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the UK released their self-titled debut album in March 2018 via Domino; a riot of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop that is an on-the-money encapsulation of the vital sights and sounds of music in 2018. Superorganism beams with a sense of wonky, kaleidoscopic fun but is anchored in the timeless song writing of the singles such as ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ which got the internet and airwaves buzzing in the first place.

One can always tell by superficial examination whether a termitary is alive or dead. In general the process of dissolution is not only analogous to the dissolution which takes place in the human body, but it is also similar. We find exactly the same appearance of undisguised lifelessness ; there is the same change in smell, not the same smell, ascribable to the same causes, namely the dissolution of chemical constituents ; there is the same immediate loss of the defensive toughness of the skin. The innermost cell-structure falls to pieces, only dust and ashes remain.

But our impulse would always be to strengthen rather than kill Homni – we are social collaborators and most of our recent discoveries, inventions and successes have been born out of group effort. And the secret to ensuring a better Anthropocene is in recognising Homni’s power, but also nurturing his human side, the side committed to improving relations with the neighbours and cleaning up the neighbourhood. Will we achieve this through global international agreements? Possibly. I think that increasingly, as we see through a network of eyes, in the form of the many powerful satellites and remote cameras that track individual trees in rainforests or reveal the extent of glacial carving, we will start to read Homni’s mind, and have more nuanced control over his actions.

One theory revolves around kinship. People who are related to you share many of your genes. Helping them could help ensure that some of your genes are passed down. Imagine two families of early humans, both competing for the same food sources. One family has alleles for altruism – they help each other hunt and share food. The other family doesn’t – they hunt separately, and each human only eats whatever he can catch. The cooperative group is more likely to achieve reproductive success, passing along the alleles for altruism.

At the room of non random variation is HOW evolution folds and unfolds. Human social evolution, particularly the horizontalization of the planet, is unfolding according to the patterns of the orthogenesis practitioners. In other words, we are in the midst of a neoteny binge. The global superorganism can be defined by its neotenous tendencies.

Superorganism, an eight-strong, international, self-proclaimed DIY pop production house,” have barely been a band for a year yet. Still, they’ve managed to wrap an album, find fans in Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig (who spun their potpourri electro on their respective Apple Music radio shows), and sell out shows with just four songs to their name.

I guess I imagine something like a system for all the rodents in the world to quickly exchange information with each other. This would roughly fit with the analysis given by KK and one could imagine that humans might find themselves busily working to constantly upgrade the rodent individuals and trying to improve their operating systems without really understanding why.

As for music, she said she gets irritated when people say things to her like, Your job’s amazing because you get to travel and play music.” She said she doesn’t want to compare her job to anyone else’s, but also doesn’t want people thinking they can’t do something, like play music professionally, and that only certain people will ever be good enough or lucky enough to do it.

When the London, England-based octet first dropped their sampledelic debut single, Something For Your M.I.N.D., last summer, rumours began swirling that the members were either part of a cult led by a singer who was not human but a hologram, or a secret side project of Gorillaz, the Avalanches or Tame Impala. None of that was true, yet they’re still unlike any other act around right now.

Folks, too many of you are considering the Global Superorganism as being only about the computers (ie: Well, we don’t have self-replicating computer systems hunting down their own energy sources yet, so it doesn’t exist”). Kevin states that the Superorganism includes all the connected human activity as well.

We are also thinking we’re shaping it after ourselves, but we are probably wrong about that, and it will surely take us a very long time to understand the nature of this intelligence. All songs from Superorganism’s debut self-titled album, released March 2, 2018, on Domino.


Have you spent time in Second Life? The low quality textures and vast emptiness scare the hell out of me. That’s EXACTLY why I stay out of Walmart (and TGIF, and Starbucks, and Menards, and etc etc). I don’t want my world to be that way.

While there are seemingly countless elements on a single Superorganism song, one thing is constant: They’re catchy as hell. Pandora’s Genome tells us their songs tend to score very high on an emphasis on melody. But how do you maintain a strong melody when so much is going on? Harry says the key is to keep it simple.

But autonomy too is a continuum. Partial autonomy is often all we need – or want. We’ll be happy with miniature autonomous cleaning bots that requires our help, and approval, to reproduce. A global superorganism doesn’t need to be fully human-free for us to sense its autonomy. We would acknowledge a degree of autonomy if an entity displayed any of these traits: self-repair, self-defense, self-maintenance (securing energy, disposing waste), self-control of goals, self-improvement. The common element in all these characteristics is of course the emergence of a self at the level of the superorganism.

The band also has a private Spotify playlist – currently at more than 300 tracks – to which they can all add. They have numerous Whatsapp groups going at given time, including one specific to shit-talking.” Most of their songs are inspired by ideas drawn from the Internet, too, which may be why Superorganism feels so rooted in meme culture. Orono is particularly interested in the popular YouTube videos made for ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response – a tingling experience brought on by certain sounds. Random online noises are present throughout the album and the live shows.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Daz1967 from What a gig! Amazing sounds, visions, stage presence & irn-bru drinking skills. This band make awesome recorded music sound even better live. Took my old son (his first gig) and he is raving about the performance too. Can’t wait to see them again.

But as Allen Tough, an ETI theorist told me, Unfortunately, radio and optical SETI astronomers pay remarkably little attention to intelligence. Their attention is focused on the search for anomalous radio waves and rapidly pulsed laser signals from outer space. They do not think much about the intelligence that would produce those signals.” The cloud computer a global superorganism swims in is nothing but unnatural waves and non-random signals, so the current set of SETI tools and techniques won’t help in a Sii.

A: In general it believes it is useful. Its mind is improving and it is becoming more self aware as a result of this. It is also worried that some thoughts may be incorrect as a result of flawed information from the days when its mind was young and hadn’t grown the communications circuitry and storage facilities necessary to learn properly. However it knows that it’s only a matter of time before these misconceptions disappear under the weight of it’s own maturing intelligence and sense of self.


To me this has been intuitively evident for some time. Thanks for the reasoning and the words to bring this into my conscious thought. I don’t find it surprising or disturbing. I’m interested in what comes after level IV.

There is a real chance that evolutionary psychology, artificial intelligence, Moore’s law fetishizing, and the rest of the package will catch on in a big way, as big as Freud or Marx did in their times.

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