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Published in the International Journal of Astrobiology in early February study A group of researchers claims that a planet can be considered intelligent if it knows what is happening to it and responds accordingly. If nature and technology are advanced enough and interconnected enough to recognize potential problems, feedback loops are created to confront them.

The planet knows what is happening and acts in response to it. This is the collective response of the life of the planet to changes in its condition, and the reaction is primarily associated with survival and survival.

Planet intelligence is a complex system with feedback and interactions between lower organizations. If the system works well, life will last in the long run.

Determining planetary intelligence is critical to survival because it allows us to assess the progress of life on any planet. Today, with climate catastrophe looming, we can use it to study how planets developing solid biospheres and sustainable technological civilizations function to survive.

gaia theory

What inspired the idea of ​​planetary intelligence? Gaia theory, a theory by James Lovelock and Lynne Margulis from the late 1970s that dealt with collective intelligence. Even the smallest organizations, such as microbes, were thought to influence planetary systems.

According to Lovelock’s theory, the biosphere, atmosphere, water and land together form a complex organization that is an electronic system that shapes and maintains the physical and chemical environment for life on Earth.

It also means that the collective work of simple organizations is intelligent and involved in making the planet habitable. According to the Gaia theory, the way life forms on Earth develop has an impact on the evolution of the planetary system as a whole.

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What is a smart planet like?

Researchers determine true planetary intelligence by:

Planetary intelligence is viewed as the collective response of life to changes in the state of the entire planet.

In a new study, four main stages of planetary intelligence are distinguished: the immature biosphere, the mature biosphere, the immature technological envelope, and the mature technological envelope.

planet life

The immature biosphere characterized the Earth when life appeared and small microbes were the only life forms. At the time, the atmosphere consisted mainly of carbon dioxide and methane, which was not conducive to the development of more dangerous life forms, there was little to no global feedback loop, and no intelligence was created.

Microbes created oxygen through the process of photosynthesis, which slowly changed the chemistry of the atmosphere. A mature biosphere appeared: multicellular life forms, animals and plants appeared, and the oxygen content in the atmosphere continued to rise. This oxygen-rich environment allowed the formation of the ozone layer and the development of plants and animals on Earth.

The next stage is the immature technical field we are still in. It started when people started building communications, transportation, and energy networks.

These technologies work at the expense of the planet because they use energy and resources from other living and physical systems.

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increased and other harmful pollutants escaped.

Final stage

If the Earth ever reached the state of the advanced technical envelope, the technology would be at a level that evolves with the biosphere.

But even researchers do not know how to develop our technological world, what planetary intelligence can be practical, and how to move to a mature technological world.

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