An introduction to the natural history of hyperinformation
Contemporary societies subject human beings to an ever-increasing amount of information. What is the most efficient way to use it? Is the internal structure of the brain made of information? Is Internet generating a 'collective brain'?
Since the Homo Sapiens, armed with electronic weapons, has learned how to penetrate the secret of information and its alchemy thanks to digitizing, he has set hyperinformation free. This power would be a subtle alloy between matter and thought, the animate and the inanimate, the virtual and the real. For the first time in human history, technology seems to be generating a collective intelligence. Does this mean that reason is really becoming irrelevant to itself, potentially hostile and dangerous? Or are we experiencing the happy dawn of a new era?
Homo Sapiens 2.0 is a journey into the mysteries of the human brain, the mazes of genes and memes (the mental equivalent to the genes) and the secrets of languages, religions and new technologies. From René Girard to Richard Dawkins, to Teilhard de Chardin, to Joël de Rosnay, the author unveils the saga of thought in an increasingly virtual world. Between each chapter, short 'interludes' will allow the reader to travel through literary works or scientific experiments.
Gerard Ayache has taught communication at the Paris I University, has worked at the head of a public TV channel. He is currently co-director of the French Infométrie Institute.