Distributed Intelligence
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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).
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
modified from Anders Sandberg's Transhumanist Terminology
Initially published on 09 October 2001.