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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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Internet Traffic is now 51% Non-Human

So you thought the Internet was made by and for people? Think again. A study by Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites (mind you where this data comes from), concludes that 51% of all Internet traffic is generated by non-human sources such as hacking software, scrapers and automated spam mechanisms. While 20% of the 51% non-human traffic is’ good’, the 31% majority of this non-human traffic is potentially malicious.

The study is based on data collected from 1,000 websites that utilize Incapsula’s services, and it determined that just 49% of Web traffic is human browsing. 20% is benign non-human search engine traffic, but 31% of all Internet traffic is tied to malicious activities. 19% is from ” ‘spies’ collecting competitive intelligence,” 5% is from automated hacking tools seeking out vulnerabilities, 5% is from scrapers and 2% is from content spammers.

Presumably these numbers will only rise. Anthrophomorphobia ahoy!

Thanks Bruce. Via ZDNet.com.

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  1. Paul Hungertuch

    This is scarey bullshit somehow…to think that only a 20 percent is “good human traffic”.
    I say , that out of the 20 percent a 5 percent is GOOD. Why the hell do we spend so much time on the web? Let us play with our kids instead; go fishing, date your lady….

  2. @Paul Hungertuch: Thanks for your comment. You are right. People who share your view typically don’t share this information online. Instead, they are playing outside with their kids. Anyhow, you’ve reached me. I am going to shut down my Internet connection for the rest of the day.

  3. Symbiatch

    So, they gather data about WEB SITES and claim it’s all the traffic on the Internet? Or am I missing something? Last I checked, email traffic was still also quite big. Unless that’s also “web site traffic” in their mind.

    Oh, right. ZDnet had the right title. “51% of web site traffic.” Shame on you, Koert, for making the assumption that web == Internet.

  4. inha leex hale

    how about postal mail? how long has it been since postal mail was 50% made by humans? postal mail traffic is almost all machine duplicated garbage. we cannot reasonably expect there to be more real human expression than machine expression when the system is so heavily weighted towards mechanization.

  5. John Connor

    There is a storm on the horizon. A time of hardship and pain. This battle has been won, but the war against the machines races on. Skynet’s global network remains strong, but we will not quit, until all of it is destroyed. This is John Connor. There is no fate, but what we make.

  6. haha LoL
    I knew from the beginning

  7. Symbiatch, I wonder how much of email traffic is non-human. Judging from spam, I’d say it far outweighs whatever we manage to compose each day.

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