"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
The word "Internet" seems like a tame description of data sharing by patient academics in search of the right file. "Cyberspace" is a bit more evocative. But what do you call it when all of the world's data channels are churning with self-guided, almost self-aware autonomous agents?
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