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A key feature of peer production: How a Stigmergy of Actions Replaces Representation of Persons

A key feature of peer production: How a Stigmergy of Actions Replaces Representation of Persons | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
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Stigmergy enables innovation

In the Stigmergy chart below, all workers have full autonomy to create as they wish; the power of the user group is in the ability to accept or reject the work. Since there is no officially designated person to perform a task the users are free to create alternatives if they do not like what they are offered. Workers are free to create regardless of acceptance or rejection; in the chart below some work may be accepted by the largest group, some alternatives for a different user group, some only by a small group, and sometimes the worker will be alone with their vision. In all cases the worker is still free to create as they wish. History has shown no drastically innovative ideas that received instant mainstream acceptance and history also shows that radically new ideas are most often the result of solitary vision; to leave control of work to group consensus only is to cripple innovation.

In a competitive environment, a new idea is jealously guarded, legally protected and shrouded in secrecy. Great effort is expended in finding supporters for the idea while also ensuring that the idea remains covered by legal protections such as non-disclosure agreements. The idea remains inextricably bound to the creator until it is legally transferred to another owner and all contributors work for the owner, not the idea. Contributors must then be rewarded by the owner which further limits the potential for development and wastes more resources in legal agreements, lawsuits, etc. Contributors have no interest in whether the project succeeds or fails and no motivation to contribute more than they are rewarded for.

If the idea is instead developed cooperatively, it must first be pitched by the originator, who will attempt to persuade a group to adopt the idea. The group must be in agreement with the idea itself and with every stage of its development. The majority of energy and resources are spent on communication, persuasion, and personality management, and the working environment is fraught with arguments and power struggles. Because the project is driven by a group, albeit a cooperative one, the group is still competitive with other similar outside projects, and still wastes resources and energy on secrecy, competitive evangelizing, etc. Both competitive and cooperative projects will die if the group that runs the project leaves and both will attract or repel contributors based on the personalities of the existing group. Both are hierarchical systems where individuals need to seek permission to contribute. Both focus on the authority of personalities to approve a decision instead of focusing on the idea or action itself.

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Keith Wiley's "Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading" - h+ Magazine

Keith Wiley's "Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading" - h+ Magazine | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
By: Ben GoertzelMind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas.   The promise is amazing: Liberating the human mind from the flawed, limited human body … freedom to take on various bodily forms and explore outer space, cyberspace, the bottom of the ocean, or wherever.   And the same philosophical questions come up again and again: Will your upload be you, or just a copy of you?   Is this different than asking if the you that wakes up in the mornin
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Get ready for hybrid thinking

Get ready for hybrid thinking | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
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My Talk at *The Future of Text 2014*

My Talk at *The Future of Text 2014* | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Communication presented at The Future of Text symposium IV at the Google's headquarters in London (2014). Symbolic manipulation accounts for the uniqueness of human cognition and consciousness. Thi...
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Anticipating the rise of the machine

Anticipating the rise of the machine | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
How will the robots and machines revolt? Perhaps not in the way we think, writes Joe Gelonesi, who interviews two leading philosophers with very different views about the threat of artificial intelligence.
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IT's curator insight, October 28, 4:09 PM

‘You’re going to have lots of different hybrid interactions between biological and technological beings. That will constitute the [new] life world, and we’re going to have to imagine a space where all those different life forms will have to live harmoniously together.’ It must be joke say live harmoniously together.

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Pierre Lévy talks about Collective Intelligence at Senac - YouTube

Lecture: Pierre Lévy talks about Collective Intelligence at Senac Rendered on March 17, 2014, at Senac University Center.
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Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen

Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Biological brains are unlikely to be the final stage of intelligence. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina – and one day they will have superhuman intelligence. This is of course not certain to occur – it is possible that we will develop some other dangerous technology first ...

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End of Eating Food

End of Eating Food | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Eating food could be replaced by nanorobot nutrient delivery system.
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33rd Square | Cancer-Hunting Nanorobots Used to Seek and Destroy Tumors

33rd Square | Cancer-Hunting Nanorobots Used to Seek and Destroy Tumors | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
New research has opened up the possibility of an army of robots travelling around a human body, hunting down and destroying malignant tumors.
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This video clearly explains how robots have already taken over our world

If you think it's just a joke that robots are going to replace humans, it's not. It's going to happen. In fact, CGP Grey explains in 'Humans Need Not Apply' how it's already happening around us right now. You might not notice it but you will after you watch how we're following historical patterns towards obscurity.
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A Desirable-Future Haiku

The coming hundred years, in one hundred words
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The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
"20 years from now we'll look back and say, 'Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years,'" predicts founding Wired editor Kevin Kelly.
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MIT's cooking up robots that can assemble themselves in the oven

MIT's cooking up robots that can assemble themselves in the oven | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
It's 2050, and you're prepping the oven to bake your next robotic minion while a 3D printer spews out its components. Wait a sec... bake a robot? As
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Can Life Be Mimicked in Silicon? | MIT Technology Review

Can Life Be Mimicked in Silicon? | MIT Technology Review | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A microfluidic cell copies some basic functions of life.
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Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life - ExtremeTech

Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life - ExtremeTech | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity -- rather than food, they eat and excrete pure electrons. These bacteria yet again prove the almost miraculous tenacity of life -- but, from a technology standpoint, they might also prove to be useful in enabling the creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that clean up pollution. Some of these bacteria also have the curious ability to form into "biocables"
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Digital Life in 2025

Digital Life in 2025 | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Asked to predict the future of the internet and how technology/the Web will change over the next decade, hundreds of experts agree that trends now underway will make the internet more important even as it becomes less visible in daily life.
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here.
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The real value of bitcoin and crypto currency technology - Bitcoin Properly - YouTube

Bitcoin in five minutes: Blockchain technology will drastically change our lives. In the coming years, the technology behind crypto currencies such as Bitcoi...
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Greg Bear on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity is the Secular Apotheosis

Greg Bear on Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity is the Secular Apotheosis | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
This is an epic 90-min-long in-person interview I did with sci fi master Greg Bear. Check it out on SingularityWeblog.com!
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Telepathy is Now a Thing Thanks to Technology - SERIOUS WONDER

Telepathy is Now a Thing Thanks to Technology - SERIOUS WONDER | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Researchers in the U.S., Spain, and France have demonstrated the first ever act of techo-telepathy between humans! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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The Next Black - A film about the Future of Clothing

'The Next Black' is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get...

 

 


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Will Artificial Intelligence Doom The Human Race Within The Next 100 Years?

Will Artificial Intelligence Doom The Human Race Within The Next 100 Years? | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may be superintelligence.

Superintelligence is any intellect that outperforms human intellect in every field, a...
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IBM launches functioning brain-inspired chip | KurzweilAI

IBM launches functioning brain-inspired chip | KurzweilAI | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
IBM neurosynaptic chip (credit: IBM) IBM announced today, August 7, the first computer chip to achieve one million programmable “neurons,” 256 million
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7 Finger Robot - YouTube

7 Finger Robot - YouTube | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. (Learn more: http://bit.ly/1tdPd2t) The device, worn around on...
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We Will End Disability by Becoming Cyborgs - IEEE Spectrum

We Will End Disability by Becoming Cyborgs - IEEE Spectrum | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Neural interfaces and prosthetics will do away with biology’s failings
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