Dune: One Loose End

Dune: Battle of Corrin is the conclusion of the three volume prequel to the original Dune anthology by Frank Herbert.  It documents the events leading to the destruction of the Omnius Empire and the final battle of the Butlerian Jihad at the planet Corrin.  All of the loose ends are neatly tied up by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson but one:  The essential connection between the Bene Gesserit maternal ancestral recall and the Spice Agony.  I found their patch to be wholly unsatisfactory.  Otherwise a good read.


Internet: Macro, Meso, Micro, Nano

One of the interesting concepts that emerges from Brian Herbert’s and Kevin J. Anderson’s Dune contributions is the silvery Omnius Sphere. Basically a Macro AI’s entire memory (on the scale of a global internet) stored in a sphere small enough for a human to carry–the size of a soccer ball.

The strangest incongruity I found in the story was this: If disembodied human brains in life sustaining containers–cymeks–could control robotic bodies and space ships, why couldn’t an Omnius Sphere? In fact, why couldn’t this meso-sized copy of the internet become micro and personal sized? Even yet, a completely decentralized nano-internet augmenting each human brain which spiders and is spidered by other nano-internets?

Since Google has a complete copy of the internet on it’s servers, we could call Google a meso-internet and future AI. What if we could scale down Google’s entire system to a single device that one person could operate? What if we could put all of Google on a hand held device or even augment ourselves with it?

I think multiple copies of the internet as a whole will be crucial to future human liberty. The decentralized meso-internet will define a region, probably a continental block.