Whuffies and more link things

September 19, 2009

The Com 530 first face-to-face Friday was interesting.  We all did a sketch and 90 second presentation.  Today we had one live via the Internet/Skype and one recorded.  The rest of us plowed on through in class and everyone had something interesting. I am not even going to try to remember all of the details swimming in the continuous partial attention environment we are studying in.  This is not bad because we are living the Internet/Web/Media that is in constant change.

I did mine on The Whuffie Bank that just opened its site in the USA two days ago.  There has to be some medium of exchange for people, organizations, entities on the Internet and the Web especially in the future as some political and economic boundaries blur.  A “Whuffie” is a social medium of exchange developed in the science fiction novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.

Whuffies are calculated, for the present, according to your presence of Twitter, as they say your reputation. As you tweet and re-tweet contacts are made with others and on the basis of the connections, you might earn Whuffies.  The Idea is to move on to facebook.

Part of the idea for the present is once people earn them they can use their Whuffies to say pay someone a thousand Whuffies to design and build a flash banner for you.  An interesting idea that may over the years be a foundation for a social currency across the web.

For the present the site indicates something around 3.5 million depositors.  The criteria appear to be very subjective subject to significant refining. Several of the big earners appeared to be celebrities who have staffs to tweet  and re-tweet for them.  So what would this mean in the future.

Potentially the Web(documents) processing and the Internet will become more and more sophisticated and be able to distinguish the individual from the context of their presence.  With this we will be able to distinguish the genuine person from all of their extensions (hired help or machine). For now perhaps the rich get richer in terms of Whuffies also.  Very interesting times ahead.

Jumping far from the subject in the first half of this blog tonight I saw someone mention H G Wells.  If someone reads this and is aware of a writer that might have written what I am about to write please let me know.  H G Wells was one of our great 19th century writers and one of the first modern science fiction writers. Many of his conceptualizations in his stories have come to pass and Wells was credited with being the originator.  In recent years, probably waiting for a child to get through with dance or soccer or awaiting a client to finish personal therapy I remember coming across some piece of literature that put forward that Wells was combing through papers and hearing people speculate on the future or promote their ideas. Because communications was so poor at the time Wells’ got credit for the ideas as he wrote his novels.  Imagine what the forensic information specialists, probably machines, will discover about today.

Maybe they will be paid in Whuffies for their trouble. Whether the Whuffies work or not, only time will tell.  WEB 4.0 isn’t far away


Another day at iMedia, not quite

September 17, 2009

I have been working on iMedia all day, everyday, well I did get something to eat and the dog needs a walk. It is interesting news everyday and sometimes remembering past research. I ran across something on Google’s site about the future casting “gMate that uses “MATE’s™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google’s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future”.

The Australian Google site uses spiders to search web content, mashups of recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecasts looking out 24 hours. I will be looking for more information about the reaction and performance of this one-year-old deployment. Even Google’s’ CEO Eric Schmidt is talking about the ideas some have of wiring into our bodies for the future of Google search in an interview published on TechCrunch (Sept. 2009) His own humor shows thorough as he muses the issue through parallel processing? Apparently the big issue is not words but meaning. The questions need to be asked, inferred and answers need to be received and understood. “What does it mean?”

Obviously the biggest part of the issue in looking to the future of the Web and Internet is we really do not know what will develop in the near to long term future to alter the “state of things”. We will continue to look for theories and develop models that may better predict behaviors and mental processing, allowing a new form of communication between humans and very, very, very large processors, storage systems and networks, well let’s go way out on a limb for the sake of study, down to the level of a molecule or atom. The Web and Internet would at least appear to be mere specks of what they could be, then again there may be something else that will replace them. For now my focus will remain on the Web and Internet.

I am still looking to find more information on the current standards of understanding variation in humans, the model of the mind and starting to look at some additional insight into the architecture of computing and networking as it might look in the next ten to twenty years.

I was fortunate to find my original 1971 copy of Future Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and his 1983 Previews & Premises to gain perspective on a view of the Information Age as predicted then for a baseline of departure. I think I will leave The Third Wave as set aside for the present, but who knows what a day will bring.
The notions being developed here are hopefully a basis for exploring the information needs and possibilities for iMedia and beyond to serve special population needs both now and in the future. Combining advances in medical records, sensor systems, Person Centered Planning or other service delivery systems would appear to be fertile ground improving service delivery and the quality of life for many who must await support.

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I need to look at paradigm shifts (Modis, 2003), Toffler’s notion of the Fourth Wave speculated to be upon us and perhaps, examine the bypasses of Hurbert Dreyfus’ work on AI.

My goal for the present continues to build a hypothetical, qualitative design construct of a Web 4.0. , to imagine the concept as an “opt in collaboration”.

Who tied my shoelace to the other shoe?

September 15, 2009

Oh I did I was a little distracted. No damage done. In fact, untying them helped me get a little different perspective of the landscape around me and realize these shoes need an upgrade soon. Today in two different classes we were discussing the elements of change, with the discussions examining the changes in nomenclature, theory and the environment of communications and the world around us in general. Com 530 examined theory and definitions, 550 perspectives on the applicability of theory to the new environment of communications, and 540 how we will probably be dealing with communications in and around organizations, including the organization of two. Still spinning from all of the information we exchanged and possibly communicated?
Well this is the nature of communications today and it will only accelerate based on the overall content we are studying and observing around us. How are we going to communicate in a sea of chaos how are we going to adjust the settings to hear what we need to hear, what we need to see find the information and still enjoy the richness that chance and discovery can bring. In part, well maybe that is what Google Earth is as we make our selection and fly into a place.
I can remember working in organizations before the internet, intranet became so pervasive. The grapevine or water cooler conversations took place with regularity and were a major asset to healthy organizations. I remember when internal email was deployed and no training on access was provided. We were wondering who the messenger was going to be to management. Stupid me! That is another moment in history that actually turned out to be a good thing for a while. Didn’t even have to wait for the memo for a while and for a while we knew when the email was coming. Today the emails, voicemails and posting pile up or the reports do not get read or… wait a minute.
This iMedia thing is about working smarter(an ancient idea) and finding new ways to get the message across, tell a story. Theories are being adjusted and developed. Our organizations are showing some signs of changing for the better, maybe. I brought a corporate annual report to class to show a few things in a discussion this afternoon. One the cover had all the names of the employees printed on multiple foldouts, two the board and management looked much like it has for eons, just more expensive suits, and third was the fact I had the report in my hand. It was available on-line and as pointed out is very expensive to produce. It was my choice to get it this year. There is still something about having that document in my hand and then reference bin for the year.
I think the design of this program is to deluge the students with information to stretch the brain and skull to effectively deal with what is here and coming in the media and in particular interactive media.
My favorite word of the day has to be “Specticipants” as a new word for Audience. You just have to love it. Well, I would love to write more but the unending deluge of readings and assignments awaits and a virus came to visit the other week.

Brain and Nano-collaboration

September 12, 2009

This has been quite a week with a side routing into some of the depths of one of my interests of Interactive Media and the aging population, developmental disabilities and interconnectedness. The pickings were rather dismal in a topical area of processing disorders, even more so with the pairing of recommendations for diagnosis and/or methodologies and techniques to address the issues. Some appeared to be well within the gates of practitioners, after all it is their bread and butter. Never-the-less as someone referred to the “Jurassic Park” mantra of life will find a way, so will information.

The most recent issue of Forbes (Sept. 21, 2009) was referring to the German model of Health Care as being a rational alternative to the current state of affairs in the United States. At least on Doctor there made the observation that she made less than plumbers. I cannot help but think the whole state of affairs worldwide will involve more patient assisted diagnoses. Ultimately with the assistance of devices far advanced beyond the Nokia Morph, tweeted and twittered over by Elon iMedia  students, today would provide a diagnoses basis for sensing disease and disorders and delivering appropriate treatments through an as yet to be assembled net of medical specialists and “smart” machines. It is data, it is sensors, it is processing, it is new potential for a better life, it is Web 3.0.

I am thinking of and exploring the world of an Opt-in collaborative world of Web 4.0 . What about the Nokia Morph in the form of a suit we wear. Like the suit of and Astronaut in the Apollo missions it was self -contained in most ways. With a little imagination the nano-suits are out own recycling systems, the suits protect us from pollutants, UV radiation, nano-sensors monitor and link our bodies system to computers and continually monitor our health status, launch nanobot when disease is detected and act to be an extension of all of our sensory systems. Imagine perfect or extended sight and hearing, modifications to touch. A quick check of the Web brings us relevant information for exactly where we are any where don Earth. Well maybe the suit serves as a morphing enclosure to take a trip to the bottom of the ocean.

Well it was only about a century ago we actually did fly. Imaging nano-suits and smart materials that file a flight plan and we take off for the Islands (not of second life) on wings of nano-materials strong enough and flexible enough to carry our human weight. Meanwhile we are carrying on an exercise in pluralistic micro-rhetoric with a computer trying to solve a neurological issue for a region outside Bibao, Spain. Then we find the answer was found by a team working from Warrenton, Shodo and Shanghi. Well never mind all of the work goes into the Web for additional study and work on other problems collaborative processors are assigning around the world and every team member gets system credits. But you have to agree to be in the system first! The Collaboration offers unlimited healthcare also after several social coalitions collapsed. Well it has always offered healthcare since it is one of the principle products it works on as a continuous improvement neuro-web initiative.

Com 530 9/7/09

September 7, 2009


One web day   – will be doing a survey  on the 22nd of sept.

Post information to Blog concerning OWD from Saturday email

“Animoto”  http://animoto.com/ Cool!

Second life moon model by Tony Astronomy Dept. – SL Moon

Discussions on research-   Shelley Dave Marketing  Mac story telling 10 storytelling

Jonathan  -gaming  Dave Marketing …..

****Gard Leonhard -Futurist – Trust****

Janna don’t reread the info over and over, charge ahead, talk with experts – they can point us to targeted and better sources.  Build relationships. Identify issues.

Define your research questions.

As I am sitting hear listening in class I am amazed at the topics people a working on . More importantly is hearing the emotion and investment this group is giving to what they are trying to accomplish.  The thoughts on how to to do this research  are clearing and the possibilities of an role play or demonstrating a moment in the world of Web 4.0 to show what it might look like.  Ex. Person with MS,  environmental catastrophe in Sao Paulo.

One web day  – Wednesday.  : “I’ll expect that everyone will have his or her own 300-word OneWebDay story posted on his or her personal WordPress site and his or her video embedded there with the essay and also uploaded to YouTube by no later than 4 p.m. Friday. I will expect you to e-mail me with the WordPress URL for the essay and the YouTube URL for your video before 4 p.m. Friday, but it is cool to do it this weekend or whenever between now and then.If you want to work from an informed position for your essay and video (always a good idea) you can look around online a bit to find out about the issues surrounding the future of the Internet. It is hard to find that information compressed, so let me share a few words about some key points (don’t everybody echo this or all your work will sound the same – just recognize the highlight issues before you decide to write your own piece in your own words)…Economics, security and human rights are key, competing issues online today. KC Claffy of the University of San Diego puts it well: “Although emerging as the essential communications fabric of our professional and personal lives, the Internet has not yet stabilized from the tremendous privatization and commercialization of infrastructure that began in the early to mid-1990s. After a decade of boom and bust, consolidation continues, with the largest of the remaining [access] providers publicly insisting that they will not be able to make the required investment to build out broadband infrastructure unless they can have more flexible pricing strategies to recover costs, that is, they want to implement differential pricing by type of traffic. Legal scholars have long argued that this development is a constitutional threat to the First Amendment, since providers would thus have a lever to control how users of their infrastructure communicate… Our personal and national security realities are even more disturbing, since the best (but not good) available data shows a formidable profusion in the number and extent of unwanted and malicious traffic, things like DOS attacks, identity theft, spam, phishing, viruses, and worms. The more of our lives we migrate over to this digital realm, the more risk we assume. A targeted attack, relying on technology as well as social capabilities that have already been demonstrated, could cut off, for some period of time, not only our channels of personal communication and entertainment but also our banking, financial services, e-commerce, and supply chain infrastructure, creating devastating economic impacts… The good news is that there’s a growing realization in society that the Internet is critical infrastructure for our nation and the world.””

Things are sort of falling into place and most of the communications issues with Blackboard and email appear to be worked out.  If there is a problem again how will we know until it is too late.  There are too many sites and too many postings and emails flying around form too many people for the present. This is semi-organized chaos that appears to be settling. I hope the faculty will avail themselves of some time to at least have a routine virtual faculty meeting about the program. They do appear to be talking so we can start using our time efficiently for school work instead of so much logistics and bouncing from one thing to another.  I am glad I don’t have to read 37 postings but wish I could make the time to get to some of the other class postings.

I did get a text book today that appears to have 8pt print. Damn! Can’t read the ramblings in there.  I need to ask if we can get a couple of incandescent reading lamps for the lounge area – too little light in there.

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September 3, 2009

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