to BE ? / AGI 2011

for the AGI congress 2011 special project, by Erik Adigard

For the AGI Congress 2011 “Special Project” in Barcelona: bees, agriculture and pollination
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Did we invent language to tell complex stories or did we inherit simple stories that turned into a complex language?
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Perhaps we conceive language not to tell stories but to build survival systems. Just to be. But all systems exist within a larger and more complex one. Bees do live in a stunning architecture, but we have harnessed it as a mere machine for the sake of billions in market commodities, as well as ninety percent of the world’s commercial plants, from fruits and veggies to coffee and cotton. They have virtually been feeding the planet.
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And now they are dying overnight because we have destroyed their language. Will humans have to pollinate for the bees?
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Yes. Pollinate ideas to save bees. To start with…

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