Citybot

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presentation for wherecamp pdx on the citybot project which is a local area real time brokerage for bartering and trading things between ordinary folks

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Citybot

  1. 1. citybot.org <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. barter network <ul><li>using twitter to build a ‘signalling network’ </li></ul><ul><li>let people trade for things they want or have </li></ul><ul><li>let people see through walls </li></ul><ul><li>solve everyday problems for ordinary folks not just for geeks </li></ul>
  3. 3. citybot examples <ul><li>#have extra carrots in my garden #free </li></ul><ul><li>#need volunteer help at a gallery now </li></ul><ul><li>#have bicycle for sale </li></ul><ul><li>#need pizza #organic now </li></ul>
  4. 4. what is twitter <ul><li>popular - a critical mass of users </li></ul><ul><li>only single link networks! wtf? </li></ul><ul><li>no concept of groups </li></ul><ul><li>fails to follow the maxim 'the more similar to irc the more success' </li></ul><ul><li>owned by somebody; not federated </li></ul>
  5. 5. what is craigslist <ul><li>true to its audience </li></ul><ul><li>minimalist </li></ul><ul><li>very very good; helped me find my dog for example; critical mass </li></ul><ul><li>slow turnaround </li></ul><ul><li>poor location features </li></ul>
  6. 6. citybot first steps <ul><li>very early effort </li></ul><ul><li>just shows wants and haves </li></ul><ul><li>effectively adds ‘groups’ to twitter </li></ul><ul><li>maps peoples locations </li></ul>
  7. 7. citybot next? <ul><li>lots of possible choices </li></ul><ul><li>active matchmaking is probably next </li></ul><ul><li>let people matchmake between other people </li></ul><ul><li>humans make better matchmakers than machines </li></ul><ul><li>hybrid approach; search and filter with some automated matchmaking </li></ul><ul><li>- trust filtering </li></ul>
  8. 8. citybot hopes <ul><li>federated, open, free </li></ul><ul><li>support for privacy </li></ul><ul><li>promoted in some way </li></ul><ul><li>quietly enhances quality of life for folks </li></ul>
  9. 9. closing <ul><li>at some level new ideas probably have to be heretical and transgressive </li></ul><ul><li>cash is expensive but has enforcability; what does it take to build alternative systems that have some of the same attributes as cash? </li></ul><ul><li>we’re pretty distant from the street today but a real economic collapse could happen. if you can’t feel it you can’t fix it? </li></ul>

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