Change - Collaborative mind

Created on Jan. 15, 2013, 9:48 a.m. by antonkulaga & updated on Jan. 15, 2013, 9:53 a.m. by antonkulaga

A system is not a simple sum of its components. Collective intelligence_, intelligence of teams, communities and society as a whole is not a simple sum of intelligences of its members. ¶

People are connected in social graphs, in which they communicate, coordinate, collaborate. They are like neurons in the brain. The smarter this social brain is the better scientific and social results it produces. ¶

Every transaction there has its cost, so called transaction cost by reducing this costs we let "neurons" make more connections, transmit more sygnals, do it faster and with less distortions. Different software systems and project methodologies may be used for such kinds of improvements. For instance Semantic web in conjunction with machine learning algorithms, semantic quering, visualizations, text-mining and autosuggessions may improve how the knowledge is shared and transformed. ¶

Every individual mind is augmented and extended by the means that he uses and people he shares and improves its ideas with. It is called Extended mind concept. It means that an intelligence of a person with search, wikipedia and abilities to communicate and take advice from others is extended and he may solve much more complex tasks and create better ideas and decisions than the same person without this means avaliable. We can use knowledge management and expert systems, that will allow to augment everyones intelligence in a better way. We can also provide artificial intelliget agents that may do some work interacting with both people and knowledge (like bots in wikipedia). We can also takle not only augmentation part byt natural part as well by providing better means of education and training.
Good models and practises (i.e. argumentation techniques ) with their support in our software may also come in handy

People collaborate and share results of their effort not randomly but in accordance to some institutions, formal and informal rules, protolocs and mechanisms of how controlling how the rules are peformed, By improving this rules and protocols we may rewire the social brain and make it work more productively. Reputation currencies that partially replace money and other market institutions, collaborative filtering and other fancy means may be come in handy here. ¶

So, we arrive to a conclustions that software in combination with different orgrainzation and knowledge management techniques may greatly improve collective ingelligence of teams, communities and society that in its burn will boost science. ¶

Being a programmer it is easy to arrive at this conclusion byt it is hard to make something that really changes the state of the art. Different projects and communities int this field exist but their results are not too powerful. There are a lof of reasons for that. ¶

One of which is that most of them stew on their own juice, there is no tight collaboration between different communities. We see a lot of projects in science, tech and business that try to do something in the field, i.e. semantic web projects, reputation currencies etc. But they do it separately with weak resulsts exchange ¶

We want to change the state of the art. What we need is... ¶

0). Understanding, what techniques and algoritmes are aplicable for wich cases ¶

1). Bricks. Opensource libs (like NLP, hypegraphs, autosuggessions, logic inference etc), piblic APIs and ontologies that can be easily used in different projects ¶

2). Experiments. We must try different bricks together and see how the work too improve them and their usage ¶

3). Real world Projects that heavily use all this stuff. Projects like Denigma, for instance. The are the main purpose and ending result. We have to find such projects, define what similar they have, let them exchange data where possible, create/use bricks for them, join efforts on the bricks that we have ¶

4). Foundation. People and teams of people that research, create, promote and fund all of this. ¶

5). Better collaboration inside of foundation teams. A shoemaker without shoes is definetely not the option for us. We do complex things and we must try to become more productive with means we develop as soon as possible to engage more people and to do more. ¶

We create it out of bricks. Opensource modules that can be easily mixed together through open APIs.

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