It was around this time two years ago that I had begun wondering about a collaborative learning game that might involve role-playing and task completion. I suggested that the game shouldn’t preach, correct, or in any way disrespect the player’s intelligence, but rather amplify it through teaching the art of content analysis as a form of “participatory entertainment”. I was learning content analysis at the time with Open Intelligence, but lacked the tools that would accelerate the process. I was longing for something that didn’t exist and was wishing for a form of education that could provide the kind of collective intelligence I saw attainable when collaborative groups began practicing content analysis and synthesis together.
A search on the term led me to a paper stemming from the Neuro- and Bioinformatics field (gradschool.uni-luebeck.de ). The work of Thomas Martinetz and team utilized “mental models” of how our brains accurately predict changes in context of how we relate our intentions, emotions, and goals to others. I don’t see “empathy” mentioned, but it’s my thinking that empathy is the dynamic the researchers are noticing when the subject’s brain regions reveal a “high similarity in emotional experience” and a “similarity in activation patterns”. The researchers observed this using a MRI technique called ‘pseudo hyperscanning’ on their subjects. The first subject was being video recorded while scanned and questioned and then later the second subject watched the video while under the impression it was live.
It appears that Hebb’s rule of “Neurons that fire together wire together” could also apply to asynchronous exchanges. This has me questioning if a network of individuals could use consumer brain–computer interfaces both as a controller and monitor to gauge their collective ‘creative coherence’. We might also investigate if brain waves in any way correlate with the Earth’s magnetic field. The notion hasn’t been fully explored, but Dr. Buryl Payne appears to have scratched the surface.
by Jan Wyllie, Simon Lelic, & David J. Skyrme
From our analysis of current and potential developments we postulate three scenarios for the future of the web:
- The web without meaning (including corporate portals) – driven by short-term economic imperatives and self interest, this scenario is an extrapolation from the present situation;
- Improved collaborative frameworks – in this scenario, widely accepted taxonomies of hundreds, if not thousands, of different knowledge domains are the building blocks of the future semantic web;
- A third scenario is an updated version of a vision first proposed during the 1930s by H.G. Wells of what he called the “World Brain”.
Key elements of the second and third scenarios are the “intellegent’ web, which incorporates topic maps, knowledge maps and ontologies that act on the basis of the precise meaning of specified terms and the relationships between them. An alternative view is that, instead of new ‘intelligence’ being artificially situated in the network using combinations of algorithms and machine learning, it will come from enhancing the intelligence, disciplines and skills of the users using taxonomy working.
Wildcat2030 suggests that information overload is destabilizing our minds allowing for the emergence of the hyperconnected mind. He speaks of our increase in fluid intelligence: “the ability to find meaning in confusion … solve new problems … draw inferences and understand the relationships of various concepts, independent of acquired knowledge” ( wikipedia). More importantly, we can “find meaning in confusion”.
A “hyperconnected narrative” is needed, Wildcat2030 adds, “to re-appraise the context of our worldviews”. Our states of minds shaped by narratives which contain “stories within stories”. Through these stories our minds intertwine into “larger framework of co-adaptive consensual adhocracies”. We experience freedom when enmeshed in the coherent and integrated flow space of hyperconnectivity. Our hyper-intelligence helps us think more critically, denying the “rigidity of the Neolitihic mind system”, yet with empathy.
Sinan Aral, expert on Social Contagion, describes our economy as a network in which ideas spread and innovations diffuse. Our decisions are not made alone, but are shaped by social influence and the groups we surround ourselves with, which may help us be more innovative.Amplify’d from timkastelle.org [27Jan11]
Here are some of the key ideas that arise from the talk:
- The economy is a network: in order to understand how innovations diffuse, and how ideas spread, we have to think about the economy as a network. We don’t make decisions in a vacuum – decisions are a social action (see the collected work of Mark Earls on this topic).
- Your network is also important for idea generation: Jorge Barba recently asked whether innovation is primarily an individual or a group activity. It’s a group effort – just as decisions are social actions, so is idea generation.
- If your friends are making you fat, are they also making you innovative?: this is the key issue – if idea generation is a social act, and you want to be more innovative, then you need to spend more time with people and groups that are more innovative.
It is late. I woke up thinking about how technology makes things so convenient and how we steadily input more and more of it into our lives. A certain amount of convenience is nice but when everything is micro-packaged we think it means we should consume more of it. We eat more fast food because it steals less time from our day that we could be spending with our child. We “scan” RSS and twitter feeds while sipping on a 40 oz. diet coke. We get frustrated when there is no wi-fi in a building because we need to check our e-mail, now! The way we consume is hyper-accelerated. We get stressed out. We get sick.
This is not happening everywhere in the world. This blog hopes to examine how other cultures incorporate technology into their already existent value systems. I hope that we will learn the value in slowing down. I already wrote about the “slow family,” which I believe is a good place to begin a more conscious lifestyle with less stress. The world – out there – will take some time to slow down, but you can begin to become aware of the subtleties, flavors, and joys of taking it a notch down, while at home.
“Family” is a powerful word. It carries much more weight than “community” and certainly more weight than “culture.”
In this blog I explore a concept I call the “slow family”. This idea stems from the slow movement.
Most, post-modern families have subjective values, undefined roles, and their lifestyles tend to be more concerned with extrinsic motivation rather than intrinsic motivation. They celebrate each others materialistic achievements because they matter the most. Extrinsic motivation is about fulfilling tangible cravings and rewards. Intrinsic motivation is more concerned with personal development, demonstrating personality in ways both creative and productive. We all know that young children are highly suggestible. They are also highly insatiable.