September 23, 2009

Search for Earthlings' Collective Intelligence (SECI)

EarthRising.jpgSETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Currently, it is the largest distributed computing effort with over 3 million users.

What would it take to launch a social experiment run by Internet-connected people in the Search for Earthlings' Collective Intelligence (SECI)?

Extraterrestrial intelligence is the big unknown, the big Other of humankind. I'm wondering whether we can meet it before we discover and become friends with the other big unknown, right here, on this planet:

our collective intelligence capable to let us intentionally evolve as a species and choose the future in which the full development of the parts is the goal of the whole and vice versa.

Regarding the SECI experiment, I am thinking of, as a first step, co-convening a new,  ContemplaTweet event. Let me know if you want to be part of it and its design team.

May 24, 2004

When community intelligence becomes market intelligence...

Have you ever wondered what is common in “community intelligence,” "swarm intelligence," "smart mobs" and "tipping points"? According to market intelligence guru, Britton Manasco, they are all about a “drift toward potential innovations that draw on the unspoken and unanticipated knowledge of today's (and tomorrow's) customers.”

Frankly, I would have never thought of them that way. First, I was shocked by the concurrent obviousness and trickiness of his statement. Then, I got fascinated by the fertile questions that his thoughts give access to. I will tell you why, but to give you a fuller context, I suggest that before that, read his short but very insightful entry on “Wise Crowds” in the “Customer Intelligence” blog of Corante.

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December 23, 2003

The idividual/community relationship

The change in human consciousness which we call the enlightenment is the most decisive force shaping our present society - its effects are still being worked out. In particular it has affected the relationship of the individual and society, and working out how we feel about that has to be of interest to us all as individuals. Let us say then that the question is worth asking.

from In praise of individuation , by Sen McGlinn

June 30, 2003

Double helix of social evolution

Visiting with a friend in San Francisco, I picked up a book which probes the posibility that information transmitted by coherent biophotonic light that living cells--including our DNA--produce, can be received in defocalized state of consciousness. It’s “The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge” by Jeremy Narby. What struck me is the connection of what biologists know about the DNA with the relationship between factors that drive humankind socioeconomic evolution that I tried explore and visualize here and the two slides following that one.

The following statements from Narby’s book triggered some interesting questions for me:

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May 11, 2003

Being "hypertinent"

I've just picked up an interview that Derrick De Kerckhove gave a year ago in TheFeature :: It's All About The Mobile Internet. Here's why I blog it.

I'm in the process of trying to organize my thoughts about the impact of social software on creative networks and evolution. Typically, when I have an intriguing, novel thought, I google it and find out that there's at least dozen other web-connected minds that have already thought of it. Their perspectives about the same enhances mine and taking them in, comparing them with mine, accelerates my learning, helps me finding the niche for the baby thought.

A small step in our individual discovery processes, such as refining a meme in tele-collaboration with colleagues and strangers, is a huge step for humankind. It means that the inter-penetration and co-specialization of our individual and collective intelligence aren't a stuff of futurist dreams, they're happening here and now, as we speak.

My googling of "creative networks" and "evolution" led me to the May-June 2002 aechive of Eccentric Eclectica, a blog, in which "Todd Suomela meets the web and tries to come out ahead... ." I have no idea who Todd Suomela is but am tremendously grateful to him for putting in his blog a quote from and a link to the interview, in which De Kerckhove said:

Ever more efficient search engines are making that access not just merely pertinent but “hypertinent” which is the logic of the memory in our brains. Every time we think, we summon the most pertinent information available in our mind. Imagine having the same kind of access to the contents of everybody else’s mind at once. It’s quite literally mind-boggling.

Hypertinence keeps gaining momentum through the emergence of the current crop of social software (blogs, wikis, p2p forums, free co-authoring and translation tools and services, etc.) that has all the signs of true communication revolution. That should be the subject of another entry. So is the the role that co-creative dialogues between social software makers and practitioners can play in the democratization of the means of boosting our intelligence, individual and collective.

April 20, 2003

Towards an attention economy of CI

“I didn't adequately address ‘...the bipolarity opposition between the Net and the Self.’  Note to self, need another framework to explain how self-serving utility pursuits result in emergent value.  Note to Net, feel free to chime in.” from
Ross Mayfield's Weblog

Ross, I don’t have a framework but am happy to contribute to its emergence through the dialogue that your reply to Tim’ Oren’s comments on Ecosystem of Networks, I hope will trigger in blogosphere and beyond.

I think you’re at the heart of attention economics’ core issues, and your conversation with Tim has the potential to build momentum for an “attention economy” framework to “explain how self-serving utility pursuits result in emergent value.” Here’s my 2 cents to it.

My favorite self-serving pursuits is to learn getting smarter about the increasingly complex range of possibilities I/we have for creating value. The complexity of match between opportunities and capabilities ti meet them is fueled by the concurrent differentiation of both. In this context, increasing my evolutionary fitness to benefit from our collective evolutionary fitness--or collective intelligence (CI)--seems a good personal strategy for maximizing utility.

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April 19, 2003

Collective intellect augments individual

Scott Leslie wrote in his EdTechPost blog:

"Don't you just love when, in the process of thinking about an issue, you come to a question that you know others are looking at and that is more than you could handle yourself, and then the next minute you turn around and - lo and behold - you find exactly what you were looking for. I expect there's a name for this phenomenon, and I also expect someone will soon develop an explanation of why this phenomenon seems so applified within the blogosphere."

Well, a couple of years ago, I developed an explanation that I believe touches Scott's expectations. Here it is:

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