An intelligent entity that is distributed over a large volume (or inside another system, like a virtual network) with no distinct center. This is the opposite to the strategy of Concentrated intelligences.
Distributed intelligences have much longer communication lags but are more flexible in their structure and can survive damage to their parts. With the sole exception of Keter, all of the major archailects are distributed intelligences (though some think Keter has uploaded itself into spacetime itself).
- AI, ai
- Artificial Intelligence - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The foundation from which AI developed, from Information Age Old Earth. Still a knowledge field in its own right. Artificial Intelligence involves programming computers, non-sentient virtuals, nano, and bots to emulate sophont cognitive abilities, and eventually to acquire sentience in their own right. It involves a large number of interrelated fields, including fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, neural networks, pattern recognition algorithms, natural language processing, and speech, comlink, or affinitylink recognition. Today many software packages are widely available that can automatically enable most non-sentient computational devices to be provolved to sentience.
- Concentrated Intelligence
- Conscious Mind - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The part of the psyche of any being that experiences awareness and consciousness. In evolved bionts there is a large demarcation between conscious and unconscious; in augmented cyborgs, vecs, and ai or even in neogens the distinction is less clear.
- Group mind
- Hive Mind
- Perpetua Project, The
- Swarm (nanotech or biology)
- Unityware - Text by Anders Sandberg
Software to enable the formation of group intellects. Named for the Nova Terra clade Unity, the first marketers of unityware.
- Utility Fog
- Utility Sand