The Graph Mind
…is a shorthand term for the giant social computer in the cloud, invented by Venkatesh Rao. It encapsulates a theory about what it means to be online when everyone is online.
- It is an emergent thing, comparable to “the market”.
- It isn’t good or evil.
- Hanlon’s razor applies: the graph mind isn’t the product of a conspiracy, and no entity or group can be said to manipulate it in any meaningful way.
- Its main superpower is telling the future.
- When you participate, you give up some amount of identity and first-brain agency in exchange for some amount of oracular foresight.
- In the Graph Mind, what you do matters, but who you are doesn’t.