VIII. Earth Earns: Our Open Participatory Earthropocene to Ecosmocene CoCreativity
1. Mind Over Matter and Energy: Quantum, Atomic, Chemical Connectomics
This section gleans and glosses about how our collective human acumen has become able to learn all about and delve into any depth and breadth of quantum, physical and material realms, along with vivifying atomic and solar energies. Through computation, visualization, instrumentation, satellites, daily web postings, iterative theories, global collaborations and so on, our supermindful capacity seems poised and primed to begin a second intentional phase. For example, an active method is to apply a sense of “material genomes” in prescriptive effect. Into 2021, the Royal Society has commenced an Animate Materials perspective (Google) so that organic-like matters can proceed on their own. But as a caveat, we do not mean any artificial technology take over in this occasion. In essence, human beings in local and global community may now take up their intended purpose as the temporal center and leading edge of a genesis procreation.
Institute of Accelerating Change. www.singularitywatch.com. A website hosted by entrepreneur John Smart which acts as a clearing house for many aspects of the "transhumanist" persuasion. A good place to find out what’s going in this area. Once again a listing is not an endorsement, but this movement is out there, and gives credence to an informed, creative enhancement of life, intelligence and galaxy.
Joint Quantum Institute. www.jqi.umd.edu. An extensive research partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland. With a large, international staff, it is a premier endeavor to study and access this fecund quantascape as it opens for all intents and purposes to human ingenuity. And as one peruses, how amazing that we peoples as a sentient personsphere can initiate a new material nature by enhancing and reconceiving subatomic objects. See also, among many papers, Focus on Topological Quantum Computation by Jiannis Pachos and Steven Simon in New Journal of Physics (June 2014).
We are on the verge of a new technological revolution as the strange and unique properties of quantum physics become relevant and exploitable in the context of information science and technology. Quantum mechanics, which describes the behavior of matter and energy on the smallest physical scales, is the most accurate theory of nature ever devised. Many of its predictions can be confirmed to 10 decimal places or more. Its principles explain a host of phenomena from the grand sweep of the Periodic Table of Elements to the everyday workings of lasers, microchips, light-emitting diodes and MRI medical scans. The ability to understand and manipulate objects at the quantum level is among the most urgent goals of 21st century science.
QUROPE Quantum Information Processing and Communication in Europe. qurope.eu/manifesto. A home site for this European venture for the adoption of a leading role in this materials and computational frontier. From this web page the May 2016 Quantum Manifesto document can be accessed as it extols how imaginative, technical human intellects can enter and advance this deepest domain. A note The Quantum Game in Nature Materials for April 2017 offers a perspective.
Singularity University. http://singularityu.org/overview. Modeled on the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, an ambitious endeavor based on Ray Kurzweil’s future scenarios, with support from Google, and based at NASA Ames, Mountain View, CA, with the aim of “Preparing humanity for accelerating technological change.” A companion offing is the new documentary film by Barry Ptolemy “Transcendental Man” about Kurzweil’s well-intended prognostications, check this site: http://transcendentman.com. Of similar note is “The Coming Superbrain” by John Markoff in the New York Times for May 24, 2009. But in this case the producers name is perfect for all this hurtles on in the wrong, admittedly male, machine multiverse wherein life and human are alien accidents. However to imagine an intrinsically organic reality, which as a universal gestation has just reached its nativity singularity?
Singularity University aims to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges.
Alberi, Kirstin, et al. The 2019 Materials by Design Roadmap. Journal of Physics D. 52/013001, 2019. Thirty-four coauthors from across the USA, Switzerland, the UK, Korea, Canada, Germany, and China gather some 17 two page entries such as Computational infrastructures for data generation, Materials informatics, Organic semiconductors, Lithium ion batteries, Peroskite photovoltaics and Multifunctional metallic alloys. We cite as a good example of humankinder’s rapidly expansive project of local and global mind over stochastic matter so as to take up, enhance and advance a cosmic creativity.
Advances in renewable and sustainable energy technologies depend on our ability to design and realize materials with optimal properties. The increased use of computational tools, the generation of materials databases, and advances in experimental methods continue to accelerate these activities. This Roadmap presents an overview of the current state of computational materials prediction, synthesis and characterization approaches, materials design needs for various technologies, and future challenges and opportunities. The brief papers cover computational techniques, validation, materials databases, materials informatics, high-throughput combinatorial methods, advanced characterization approaches, and materials design issues in thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, solid state lighting, catalysts, batteries, metal alloys, complex oxides and transparent conducting materials. (Abstract)
Allhoff, Fritz, et al, eds. Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007. The philosopher editors have formed the Nanoethics Group (Google for website) as neither pro or con for these novel abilities to recreate nature and life at its fundamental levels but to air and address valid issues in this regard. A paper by theologian Ted Peters Are We Playing God with Nanoenhancement?, from which the quote, voices typical concerns. Clearly much work remains, a second scripture affirming a genesis universe with intended human co-creation would be helpful.
Rather, a biblically based theology affirms change and transformation rather than trying to retard scientific and technological advance. The Christian approach to ethics orients itself toward loving God and loving neighbor. The ethical question here would be: How can nanotechnology enhance the human capacity for loving God and neighbor? (174) Relevant here is the school of eschatological ethics within Christian theology. Based on Jesus’ promise of a coming kingdom of God and the New Testament vision of a future new creation, as eschatological orientation toward ethics celebrates transformatory change while trying to guide such change toward wholesome and loving ends. (182)
Alsharif, Mohammed, et al. Sixth Generation (6G) Wireless Networks: Vision, Research Activities, Challenges and Potential Solutions. Symmetry. 12/4, 2020. An international team posted in Korea, Nigeria, Oman, Turkey, and Pakistan scope out this new hyper-dimensional worldwise knowledge transmission system. By order of magnitude advances and reach it promises ever faster speeds and content capacity. Once again, our premise is that this noosphere, conceived a century ago by V. Vernadsky and P. Teilhard, into the 21st century is manifestly coming to its (her/his) own knowledge and revolutionary discovery.
The standardization activities of fifth generation communications are clearly over and deployment has commenced globally. To sustain the competitive edge of wireless networks, industrial and academia synergy have begun to conceptualize the next generation of wireless systems (sixth generation, 6G) aimed at laying the foundation for communication needs of the 2030s. In support, this study highlights promising lines of research from the recent literature for the 6G project. Thus, this article will contribute significantly to opening new horizons for future research directions. (Abstract excerpt)
Alvarez-Rodriguez, U., et al. Artificial Life in Quantum Technologies. arXiv:1505.03775. University of the Basque Country theorists, led by Enrique Solano, blaze the frontiers of human uniVerse imaginations as this foundational realm becomes known by the same complex, organic, evolutionary sense as everywhere else. A “quantum biomimetics” is then evoked by which this cosmic genesis appears poised to be taken over, as intended, by to our phenomenal intention.
We develop a quantum information protocol that models the biological behaviors of individuals living in a natural selection scenario. The artificially engineered evolution of the quantum living units shows the fundamental features of life in a common environment, such as self-replication, mutation, interaction of individuals, and death. We propose how to mimic these bio-inspired features in a quantum-mechanical formalism, which allows for an experimental implementation achievable with current quantum platforms. This result paves the way for the realization of artificial life and embodied evolution with quantum technologies. (Abstract)
Arroyo, Marta et al. A Stochastic Approach to Shortcut Bridging in Programmable Matter. Natural Computing. Online September, 2018. We cite this by MA, University of Granada, Sarah Cannon, UC Berkeley, Joshua Daymode and Andrea Richa, ASU and Dana Randal, Georgia Tech as an example of the cosmic evolutionary epic entering a radically novel phase of total makeover, a second Alpha one might say, as our intentional, globally informed, respectful humankinder may begin a new ecosmos (re)creation.
In a self-organizing particle system, an abstraction of programmable matter, simple computational elements called particles with limited memory and communication self-organize to solve system-wide problems of movement, coordination, and configuration. In this paper, we consider a stochastic, distributed, local, asynchronous algorithm for “shortcut bridging”, in which particles self-assemble bridges over gaps that simultaneously balance minimizing the length and cost of the bridge. Army ants of the genus Eciton have been observed exhibiting a similar behavior in their foraging trails, dynamically adjusting their bridges to satisfy an efficiency trade-off using local interactions. Our work gives a plausible explanation of how convergence to globally optimal configurations can be achieved via local interactions by simple organisms with some limited computational power and access to random bits. (Abstract excerpts)
Arute, Frank, et al. Quantum Supremacy using a Programmable Superconducting Processor. Nature. 574/505, 2019. We note this entry with some 90 co-authors from Google AI Quantum to the University of Illinois for its historic claim of qubit-based computations which ran at a faster speed and demonstrated more capability than classic machines. While said to be debatable, we note this milestone as our collective human ingenuity enters a new intentional phase of genesis procreation going forward.
Asano, Masanari, et al. Quantum Information Biology: From Information Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics to Applications in Molecular Biology and Cognitive Psychology. arXiv:1503.02515. Also noted in Quantum Complex Systems, an example of the current revolution to join life’s natural genesis with this physical foundation, an international team from Japan and Sweden waxes over how well this deepest informative source can be readily and beneficially integrated with and applied to evolution and intelligence. See also a book length version Quantum Adaptivity in Biology: From Genetics to Cognition by most of the same team (Springer, April, 2015).
We discuss foundational issues of quantum information biology (QIB) -- one of the most successful applications of the quantum formalism outside of physics. QIB provides a multi-scale model of information processing in bio-systems: from proteins and cells to cognitive and social systems. This theory has to be sharply distinguished from "traditional quantum biophysics". The latter is about quantum bio-physical processes, e.g., in cells or brains. QIB models the dynamics of information states of bio-systems. It is based on the quantum-like paradigm: complex bio-systems process information in accordance with the laws of quantum information and probability. This paradigm is supported by plenty of statistical bio-data collected at all scales, from molecular biology and genetics/epigenetics to cognitive psychology and behavioral economics. We argue that the information interpretation of quantum mechanics (its various forms were elaborated by Zeilinger and Brukner, Fuchs and Mermin, and D' Ariano) is the most natural interpretation of QIB. We also point out that QBIsm (Quantum Bayesianism) can serve to find a proper interpretation of bio-quantum probabilities. Biologically QIB is based on two principles: a) adaptivity; b) openness (bio-systems are fundamentally open). These principles are mathematically represented in the framework of a novel formalism -- quantum adaptive dynamics which, in particular, contains the standard theory of open quantum systems as a special case of adaptivity (to environment). (Abstract)
Atkinson, William. Nanocosm: Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small. New York: AMACON/American Management Association, 2003. Predictions and speculations about a revolutionary future.