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The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
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The Cloud and Collaboration
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The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
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The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
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The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
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The Cloud and Collaboration
The Cloud and Collaboration
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In this presentation I describe the concept of the internet as a form of global consciousness. I look at the idea of human nature as it has traditionally been represented but suggest that a more …

In this presentation I describe the concept of the internet as a form of global consciousness. I look at the idea of human nature as it has traditionally been represented but suggest that a more appropriate model is that of a collection of neurons. With this model I analyse what a global consciousness would look like - not collaboration, as in the organization of a company or a nation, but cooperation, as in the actions of autonomous but interdependent and connected individuals. All photos were taken by the author at Ars Electronica 2009 in Linz, Austria. Audio and text at http://www.downes.ca/presentation/229

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  • 1. The Cloud and Collaboration Stephen Downes Ars Electronica Linz, September 5, 2009
  • 2. Truth -> Fiction Fiction -> Truth Artist
  • 3. As inherently though social we have inherently an spiritual understanding that we are inherently dishonest Human Nature
  • 4. Leviathan The Body Politic
  • 5. Churchland Matter and Consciousness Stich - From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science Folk Psychology
  • 6. Varela: The Embodied Mind LeDoux: Synaptic Self Nature as Network
  • 7. Peter Russell The Global Brain Billions of neurons forming connections interacting with each other achieving consciousness Social Brain
  • 8. We think together but remain independent in our identity. If we could foster co-thinking to reach consensus about new solutions, we may be able to find a new direction for the future. Hope can emerge from new collaborative models based on a new paradigm; science and art will act gracefully to match human nature, and to shape the future of humanity. (80+1, 2008) Global Consciousness
  • 9. Dimitar Tchurovsky "worldwide social network of self- selected people resembling human brain and mind, who will collaborate in attempt to solve social problems." Collaboration
  • 10. Schrage: "an act of shared creation and/or shared discovery" Senge: creation of a shared vision. Shared Vision
  • 11. Sameness of Purpose
  • 12. Learning is social in nature ? Common Understanding
  • 13. Brown & Duguid …reciprocity is strong. People are able to affect one another and the group as a whole directly. Changes can propagate easily. Coordination is tight. Group Behaviour
  • 14. Neurons
  • 15. Management
  • 16. Client Focus
  • 17. … meaning is created out of sameness, like a block of stone, an ingot or iron… a mass of elements, all the same, united as one Sameness
  • 18. Semantic Consistency
  • 19. The idea is that truth, meaning, communication… are based in a sameness in the entity But this is the opposite of what happens, isn’t it? Sameness of Entity Thesis
  • 20. Diversity
  • 21. Quine: Word and Object Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Incommensurability
  • 22. P h y s i c a l i t y Syntactic Consistency
  • 23. Language Games
  • 24. the sharing by entities of a common system of communication or infrastructure. Community, then, would be defined by the interactions or connections among those entities, and the process of the global brain described in terms of those interactions. Interaction Thesis
  • 25. Rather than becoming the same, we retain our individuality, and cooperate Cooperation
  • 26. Neural Cooperation
  • 27. …is not collaboration but rather cooperation… Community
  • 28. Mechanisms of cooperation = mechanisms of association = mechanisms of neural connectivity Association
  • 29. Donald O. Hebb Similarity
  • 30. H u m e Proximity
  • 31. Rumelhart and McClelland Feedback
  • 32. B o l t z m a n n Harmony
  • 33. Minsky Society of Mind
  • 34. Collectivism Content Collections Collaboration Wikipedia Economics Ownership Kevin Kelly The content-based 'new socialism' is the same as the authority-based power-law driven old capitalism. New Socialism
  • 35. forms of socialism as a form of personal empowerment, equality of opportunity, sociality and interdependence. These four principles together constitute the ‘semantic condition’ Cooperative Socialism
  • 36. Autonomy Empowerment
  • 37. O p e n n e s s Equality of Opportunity
  • 38. Diversity Sociality
  • 39. Connectedness Interaction Emergence Interdependence
  • 40. Illich: appropriate and congenial alternatives to tools of domination Conviviality
  • 41. Words
  • 42. www.downes.ca Artist

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