The Human Hive

Since our origins, humans have been drawn to form sociological groups. This motivation prompted us to form communities that enhance our protection, culture, efficiency, growth of collective knowledge, and serve to reduce our loneliness. Given that the motivation to collect into sociological groups is in our genes, what happens when the ability to congregate becomes incredibly easy and global in scope? Each step forward in communication technology has made congregating easier. With the rise of social networks and the increased global population (at current count, 6.9 billion), who can and who does connect with each other and to groups raises some interesting issues and opportunities.

Until somewhat recently, some aspect of segregation has been de-facto due to language barriers, access, bandwidth, and compute power. But with the ever-increasing sophistication of language translation tools and the emergence of Cloud technologies, the barriers begin to drop away.

  • Should we anticipate rapid, widespread congregations of people?
  • Should we anticipate rapid increases in knowledge and advances in technologies due to enormous collaboration networks?
  • Will humans be able thrive in a hive-mentality?

Evolutions and revolutions sometimes sneak up on us. And while we are all amazed, amused, and astounded by the capabilities of the Internet, the Web, and the emerging Cloud, I think we should take some time to anticipate the global social and political impacts.

Jeff Huegel Cyber Security Chief Architect AT&T About Jeff