Hive Mind

Zinc and Photopolymer etching, Chine-collé, 38 x 28 cm, 2019

This print was part of Alberta Printmaker’s 30th Anniversary portfolio. The theme was: “Futurology – the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures, and the worldviews and myths that underlie them.”

In my lifetime, I have witnessed the birth of the internet and the invention of a mobile phone that is a mini-computer, connecting millions of people through cyberspace. It is truly a revolutionary development in human history. Human brains, now interconnected, are feeding into and taking information out from giant databases. And now, we are also getting closer to the neural network of artificial intelligence. Eventually, it will be difficult to discern where our wet, organism ends, and the life-less microprocessors start.

A hive mind has many consciousnesses linked together, and can manifest powerful cognitive abilities. These links allow it to transcend the limits of individual minds in a single existence.

We are, becoming a Hive Mind as a species, with potential power to do wonderful or unspeakable things. Will we keep our individuality as humans, or be absorbed into a multi-people being?

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