Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration

Transcript of Howard Rheingold’s TED-2005 talk about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action—and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons.

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Nieuwe zakelijke modellen voor de transitieperiode

Michel Bauwens tipte me gisteren op een artikel in 6 minutes business:

Eindeloze groei in ons beperkt natuurlijk systeem is onmogelijk. Wij bevinden ons nu in een transitiefase waarin nieuwe peer-productiegemeenschappen zoeken naar ideale samenwerkingsvormen. En die zijn er in het internet, nu al, en ze hebben succes.

Lees meer over Nieuwe zakelijke modellen voor de transitieperiode waar open source, crowd sourcing en peer-to-peer het kompas zijn.

Look what they do with P2P worms

Martijn van Steenbergen tipped me on The Storm Worm:

Some key points:

  • Storm is designed like an ant colony
  • Rather than having all hosts communicate to a central server or set of servers, Storm uses a peer-to-peer network for C2.
  • And even if a C2 node is taken down, the system doesn’t suffer. Like a hydra with many heads, Storm’s C2 structure is distributed.

Reminds me of an experiment I did we did with Jini and RIO. Once started up on several computers, we just couldn’t get the system down. Kill one, and somewhere else a new one pops up. Thought of desigining in a “suicide pill” that would trigger on some special message spread across the net.

SixApart: Opening the Social Graph

SixApart: Opening the Social Graph:

We think that the best way for you to manage your network is to stop thinking about all of the little pieces and to start focusing on the big picture: you and the people who matter to you. We think relationships mean more than email addresses or which service you’re signed on to at the moment. So we’ve created an experimental demo based upon open technologies OpenID, the Microformats hCard and XFN, and FOAF that allow you to see your entire network of relationships in one place – across services, across platforms, across the entire Web.

How wonderful! I’ve been wanting this for ages! Even started the Campfire experiment a couple of years ago to address exactly this issue. I fully endorse opening the social graph.

(Via Semantic Wave.)

SwarmOS Demonstrated at Idea Festival

SwarmOS Demonstrated at Idea Festival: “PacoCheezdom writes ‘Intelligent Life has short summary of a demonstration by MIT professor James McLurkin of his new group-minded robots, which run an operating system called ‘Swarm OS’.

The robots are able to work together as a group not by communicating with all members of the group at once, but by talking only to their neighbors, and model other similar behaviors performed by bees and ants. ‘Read more of this story at Slashdot.

(Via Slashdot.)

Groovy Actors

Refreshed my link with Gerald “tensegrity” de Jong, triggered by a blog entry from TED titled Creatures on the beach from the Dutch sculptor Theo Jansen which instantly reminded me of Gerald’s Fluidiom and Darwin at Home projects.

Gerald’s email signature also mentioned Groovy Actors:

In a nutshell it’s a natural next step, building further on object-oriented programming (OOP), where objects become active talkative peers.
Imagine running thousands of concurrent programs on one computer where each program instance represents something or someone in the real world. Some things are passive and only react to events but lots of real world things also take initiative.
That’s why parts of this kind of system can better be represented in software by “autonomous agents” or “actors” which frequently interact with each other.

And built using the Groovy language.

Just wondering why Groovy Actors are limited to a single computer rather than autonomous peers distributed across thousands of computers. Love to have concepts from Erlang and JavaSpaces built in.

Love to see the Groovy Actors’ Hello Storage example implement the story of The Wizard, The Rabbit, and The Treasurer.

Erlang distributed concurrent programming

A new programming language? Well, at least one I never heard of until today. It’s called Erlang and one of the interesting aspects are that it eases concurrent programming and distributed processes.

Erlang is a programming language designed at the Ericsson Computer Science Laboratory. Open-source Erlang is being released to help encourage the spread of Erlang outside Ericsson.

The language syntax reminds me a bit of Prolog. And I wonder what the power would be if something like Erlang is combined with the elegant concepts of JavaSpaces.

I’m still longing for an elegant platform neutral programming language that has mechanisms for “effortless” peer-to-peer built in. In fact, our new social and wisdom fabric cries out for a new “programming” language (and perhaps OS) that catalyses p2p development on all layers, from information to human to social to wisdom and that fuels the noosphere.

One of the first things I’d do with it is create an evolutionary prototype of Armillaria with The Wizard, The Rabbit and The Treasurer as an example. Stigmergence.

ZFS on a laptop

Eric Kustarz‘s excellent point in favour of using ZFS for your laptop to create a extremely reliable store for all your personal data.

Sun Microsystems is really making a change here. Wish for ZFS to become abuntantly ubiquitous.

Next: swap a disk a day with your friend to have a copy of your data at a remote place when you’re house burns down or someone drops a bomb.

Beyond that: the Wizard, Rabbit and Treasurer keep all your data safe in sync in a fully distributed self-organizing and self-healing peer-to-peer network.

Worryfree and effortless data.

Aloha: Emerce Co-Creation Update

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Korte Emerce update:

  • Ongeveer 200 mensen
  • Hele goede lezingen van:
    • Roger Beekman en André Bouwman van ADK/60 layers of cake over open source.
    • Sander Dullaart van Favela Fabric over teruggeven van aandacht, vraaggestuurd aanbod.
    • Gert Hans Berghuis van Fabrique over drijfveren en zingeving voor co-creatie, samen met user generated value (i.t.t. user generated content). Ik creëer dus ik besta. Zo inline met Thoughts Become Things van Mike Dooley (van The Secret).
    • René Jansen van Winkwaves over afstemmen op persona’s t.b.v. co-creatie.
    • Pim Betist van Sell-a-Band; echt super! Ze hebben de eerst vijf artiesten die elk $50k hebben verzameld en nu professioneel aan de slag gaan. Totaal hebben ze $750k in kas, waarvan $500k dit jaar. 3k bands in 8 maanden tijd. You Are The Record Company.
  • ‘k Heb met de meeste sprekers kort gesproken over Aloha en afgesproken een afspraak te maken. Vinden het een interessant concept.
  • Aanloop bij de tafel was goed. Stonden lekker in het licht met een spotje erop. Met praatplaat van Dennis op A2 op een tafelezeltje.
  • Wouter Boog, Visueel Vertaler van JAM, maakte grafisch verslag van de middag; trok veel aandacht en foto’s voor zowel JAM als Aloha.
  • Wouter scant de platen nog in en dan zz we ze op de wiki.
  • Emerce zal er ook wel wat mee doen in hun verslag.
  • Kreeg nog iemand van WWF (WNF) aan tafel; is bijzonder geïnteresseerd; WWF mogelijk als Aloha Associate?
  • Voor verslag, zie

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Update Emerce Update Co-Creatie

Update van de Emerce Update Co-Creatie:

  • Ongeveer 200 mensen
  • Hele goede lezingen van:
    • Roger Beekman en André Bouwman van ADK/60 layers of cake over open source.
    • Sander Dullaart van Favela Fabric over teruggeven van aandacht, vraaggestuurd aanbod.
    • Gert Hans Berghuis van Fabrique over drijfveren en zingeving voor co-creatie, samen met user generated value (i.t.t. user generated content). Ik creëer dus ik besta. Zo inline met Thoughts Become Things van Mike Dooley (van The Secret).
    • René Jansen van Winkwaves over afstemmen op persona’s t.b.v. co-creatie.
    • Pim Betist van Sell-a-Band; echt super! Ze hebben de eerst vijf artiesten die elk $50k hebben verzameld en nu professioneel aan de slag gaan. Totaal hebben ze $750k in kas, waarvan $500k dit jaar. 3k bands in 8 maanden tijd. You Are The Record Company.
  • ‘k Heb met de meeste sprekers kort gesproken over Aloha en afgesproken een afspraak te maken. Vinden het een interessant concept.
  • Aanloop bij de tafel was goed. Stonden lekker in het licht met een spotje erop. Met praatplaat van Dennis op A2 op een tafelezeltje.
  • Wouter Boog, Visueel Vertaler van JAM, maakte grafisch verslag van de middag; trok veel aandacht en foto’s voor zowel JAM als Aloha.
  • Wouter scant de platen nog in en dan zz we ze op de wiki.
  • Emerce zal er ook wel wat mee doen in hun verslag.
  • Kreeg nog iemand van WWF (WNF) aan tafel; is bijzonder geïnteresseerd; WWF mogelijk als Aloha Associate?
  • Voor verslag, zie:

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! Now Support GeoRSS

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! Now Support GeoRSS: “Lord Satri writes ‘This week, Microsoft announced their new Live Maps, in addition to supporting Firefox on Windows for 3D, now supports the GeoRSS standard. They join Google which recently announced the support of GeoRSS and KML mapping in their Google Maps API.

In short, GeoRSS is a standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium that incorporates geolocation in an interoperable manner to RSS feeds. The applications are numerous. With Yahoo!’s support of GeoRSS, all the major players are in and the future looks bright for this emerging standard.

As for KML, Google Earth’s file format, this new Google Maps integration is not unrelated to the recent announcement of internet-wide KML search capabilities within Google Earth.

From the GeoRSS website: ‘As RSS becomes more and more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds. To avoid the fragmentation of language that has occurred in RSS and other Web information encoding efforts, we have created this site to promote a relatively small number of encodings that meet the needs of a wide range of communities.’

(Via Slashdot.)

What’s next: PeopleRSS—a standard that incorporates personal information as well as group, team, department, company information. Or communities in general, a singel perseon being the smallest community. Add a touch of ProjectRSS and EventRSS and voilà, peer-to-peer fully distributed open mirrorworlds.

Joost—free TV with a peer-to-peer community


From http://www.joost.com/about.html:

What’s Joost? It’s free TV, with the choice to watch alone or with friends. Joost is packed with internet tools such as instant messaging and channel chat, allowing people to really share the TV experience.
It’s a completely secure platform for content owners that respects their rights, while protecting and enhancing their brands. And it’s an incredibly flexible way for advertisers to reach a truly global audience, in ways that really work. Joost isn’t just video on the internet – it’s the next generation of television for viewers, content owners and advertisers everywhere.

Grown from a handful of people in a small office outside Amsterdam. Niklas Zennstrøm and Janus Friis—KaZaa, Skype. Peer-to-peer. Community. Promising. I wish them a lot of succes!

TextBender—Web 3.0 distributed Wiki-like text writing

Interesting new way of distributed collaboration…

TextBender is a system of collaborative writing based on recombinant text,
textbender has these characteristics:

  • Your text belongs to a population, one text per author.
  • Quality bits of text are swapped among authors, peer to peer.
  • Individual authorship is retained and traceable throughout.

Textbender is currently aimed at creative writing, particularly at short verse. A demonstration is being prepared.

Recombinant text is a medium of collaborative design and composition, with a basis in biological theory. In computer science, it belongs to the subfield of human-based genetic algorithms. In biological terms, it is analogous to population genetic engineering; but with populations that consist of texts.

The texts are Web documents. Intercommunication is by Web protocols, and the result is the collaborative production of Web content. Recombinant text is therefore comparable to a Wiki. But it differs in its distributed architecture and peer-to-peer communication pattern (populations), formalized data units (genes), and semantic labels (loci). These place it in the arena of Web 3.0.

Several design approaches to recombinant text have been investigated to date. The ultimate approach (below top) would rely on a mechanism of gene complexing to transfer variations of plot, character, and other patterns from text to text. This approach would have a range of groupware applications in general design, as well as literary and musical composition. It would also be difficult to realize, and remains a vision for the future.

Read more on TextBender or try the TextBender demo.