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Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2012 at 6:10am

A semi-interesting idea, but ultimately ridiculous.  The internet consists of a number of interconnected computers, not all of which may be online at one time, which have varying degrees of information and access to that, but most importantly, none of which have an ultimate controlling supervisor.  There is a difference between processing information and transmitting and receiving information, and while the internet can transmit and receive, it cannot process.

Now ... if there were a mechanism (or software, if you will) to coordinate and synchronize thousands if not millions of computers and their activity with each other in pursuit of a specific goal or process ... THEN you can start talking about the internet "waking up."  Personally, I think there is a vastly greater likelihood for a multiprocessing supercomputer such as IBM's Watson to achieve consciousness than a random number of uncoordinated computers connected to the internet.

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