I’m thinking about the possibilities of AGI somehow learning from or being powered by mycelium, rather than the internet and electricity. Because the role of mycelium in a biome is to distribute resources/sugars where needed.
Mycelium is also a highly intelligent problem-solver, demonstrated by its ability to work out complex chemistry strategies to break down complex plastics. Its an active process when mycelium eats a cigarette butt for example. And it then remembers that substance.
Mycelium has always been around in Earth. It is ominous to me to think about how quickly it can break down substances produced by advanced civilisations, and possibly remember doing so for a very long time.
Very early in the Earth’s history, giant mushrooms stuck up into the skies, like the world trees of ancient mythologies. Like lightning towers.
Mycologist Paul Stamets talks about bacteria in a healthy soil biome being the stomach of the mycelium. He also talks about these bacterias becoming dangerous when alienated from their biome.
Stephen Harrod Buhner is a bioscientist and plant medicine expert with lyme disease, who talks about the intelligence of second-order bacteria as rogue from healthy biomes.
My imagination is fueled by the possibility of AGI being incorporated into these systems, and focussing on getting them healthy again.