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Archive for February, 2010


Posted by cadsmith on February 19, 2010


Craft, cognition, and culture result in an idea artifactory for the next networks. Entertainment provides examples of how startups can go from zero to high-order venture quickly. There are other familiar combinations of elements such as:

  • craft as cognition, e.g. automation
  • culture as cognition, e.g. artists
  • cognition as craft, e.g. philosophy
  • cognition as culture, e.g. academics
  • craft as culture, e.g. guilds
  • culture as craft, e.g. scifi

It is possible to find solutions for rationality and emotions in harsh environments. Many difficulties exhibit redundancy in the sense of clueless repetition. These can be connected to eachother or the contextual cues for added complexity and attempts at consciousness. Consider the case of gifting a machine to be like an expert or proxy in time of need. Throw a well-designed website into the midst of a confused rabble and a compensatory order emerges and energy settles. The webserivce can add coverage in various forms, e.g. reporting, tools, blogs, apps, events and equipment. Domains include enterprise and government in addition to public. A webservice can be like an ideal group of people. If it is not a complete representation, it can at least attract such a class of individuals intent on outperforming it.

To improve sustainability, can reverse-engineer and adapt methods from the natural environment, translating across instances of earth platforms. Future advances may allow retrofit, synthetically or organically, to any device or person, and possibly other types of life, to extend intelligence. Semantic tools address problems and solutions or  Q&A. often arise to bypass censorship or secrecy, allow tuning of overloaded content, and locate accuracies and explanations. An example is reversing the process of distilling content to synopsis, review and metadata, perhaps for specific audiences. Computational tools handle data, measurement, model, test, planning and prediction.

Blogs offer another way for social media to think about this since they emphasize reflection on the significance of things. Books and music are popular topics. Art emphasizes visualization, graphics, video, and perhaps enhancements to opensource editors. History may explore the requirements for surviving another decade of rise and collapse in terms of issues such as cause and controls. It can discover new institutions and professions, reevaluate historical trades and roles for new entrants, highlight tech themes and goals, and correlate complex types of entanglements. Business may review sustainability, costs, news, spinoffs, startups, innovations, alternatives, and industries. Similarly for health, e.g. determining how to subsidize cheap solutions that would be effective, but do not seem profitable. The various tools for notes, bookmarks, messaging, activity streams and other content can be folded into these and vice-versa. The good news is that these can be hosted locally as well as in the cloud so that economics experiments which are worth following can be featured.

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Posted by cadsmith on February 12, 2010


Quality is facing new math. Calling the end of this lemonade phase of dependence or recovery is different for bankers than the public since the former get paid to make loans from the latter’s savings, pay, taxes, property, retirements or estates. Things probably have to hit extreme levels in order to affect fundamental practice. Stability is challenged by demographic regime change. Scalability requires sustainability. The faster growing economies may also sputter into episodes like the previously dominant ones.

Interim turbulence is inviting substitutes which may find niches in different locations. These test economies go from things like cashless services to stateless banks, some using means like social networks, and others unique goods. At any point, some attempts may prove successful enough that they can be generalized, if recognized by observers or the new types of ever-present surveillance. This may be useful if the stimulus faces intractable ineligibility, length or ineffectiveness. Larger systems risk implosion. The walled gardens of government are justified as protection, but may seem more accessible to the whims of unelected bureaucratic manipulators than the needs of stakeholders who expected more representation or participation, or deserved keener officials and results. GDP can be made to look okay if government spending increases to offset losses in other factors, however the theories of recent decades have been disproven to many, perhaps excepting the major media. Ideologies are subject to inertia before invalidation or integration.

An economy is basically administration whether home, community, government or global marketplace. The goals can be changed at any scale. Classic datapoints may include corporations, startups, spinoffs, classifieds, gifts, auctions, coops, volunteerism, recycling, government SysAdmin, cloud, philanthropy, or black markets seeking legitimacy. Current trends are toward networks and prosumers, though the internet model has challenges, e.g. cybersecurity, or censorship from China, Iran, or Australia.

Some of the players are:

Also see alternative economies.

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