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M/C Journal: "Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work"

M/C Journal: "Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work"
Introduction 1The steady rise of and the Open Source software movement has been one of the big surprises of the 21st century, threatening stalwarts such as Microsoft and Britannica, while simultaneously offering insights into the emergence of large-scale peer production and the growth of gift economies. 2Many questions arise when confronted with the streamlined efficacy and apparent lack of organisation and motivation of these new global enterprises, not least “how does this work?” Stigmergic collaboration provides a hypothesis as to how the collaborative process could jump from being untenable with numbers above 25 people, towards becoming a new driver in global society with numbers well over 25,000. Stigmergic Collaboration 3Pierre-Paul Grasse first coined the term stigmergy in the 1950s in conjunction with his research on termites. Collaboration is dependent upon communication, and communication is a network phenomenon. 1. 2. 3. 4. Non-Textual Mass Collaboration Conclusion

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Cognitive Surplus Fuels Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation What is the Cognitive Surplus? Clay Shirky author of the business book “Cognitive Surplus: creativity and generosity in a connected age” and of the Ted Talk “How Cognitive Surplus will change the world” coined the term “Cognitive Surplus” to “describe the free time that people have…to engage in collaborative activities” particularly online. People worldwide are allocating their free time to connecting with each other instead of passively watching TV alone. Fueled by enthusiasm and passion, they are using their creative energy outside of work to fulfill social goals, not economic ones. Clay Shirky a Technology Optimist

A Community for Scientific Information Solving the division of labour problem using and evolved heterogeneity (abstract) (2008) James, E. Noble, J. March 2012 Dec07// Master degree at Politecnico di Torino with a computational design thesis TMD_tsunami memorial design competition, network as design tool::: prof.Roberto Apostolo, prof.Mario Grosso, Arch.Andrea GrazianoJan08// Join at studioGriffa, Turin as project architectFeb08// at DRL TEN exhibition, Architectural Association, London with K_pavilion project ::: visiting Zaha Hadid Architects London, attends co|de lecture: Shajay Booshan, Danilo Arsic Feb08// K_pavilion publicated at DRL TEN book.Mar08// UIA infopoint competition.May08// MCA, Mario Cucinella architects "Una stanza di luce" workshop at Cavallerizza Chiablese, TurinJun08// Workshop “Parametric Architecture” tutors Ludovica Tramontin Asp(e)x and Erich Schoenenberger(Su11 architecture+design, Pratt Insitute, NY, USA)Jul08/// Torino World Design Summer School “Prototyping the city” assistant tutor of EcologicStudio-Architectural Association, NSU-GSAPP-Columbia University and Politecnico di Torino+ Configuration 0 project.

My PhD Citation: Elliott, Dr Mark Alan (2007) Stigmergic Collaboration: A Theoretical Framework for Mass Collaboration. PhD thesis, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Status: examination complete, final bound version submitted, graduated! Supervisors: Elizabeth Presa, Sean Cubitt, Warren Burt Examiners: Howard Rheingold, Francis Heylighen - read examination reportsWord count (approximate): 52,000Download: PDF version (30MB) Read Online (chapters will appear below as they are available):

The Internet of Things and the Eclipse of Capitalism Jeremy Rifkin, author of “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” The Internet of Things will connect every thing with everyone in an integrated global network. People, machines, natural resources, production lines, logistics networks, consumption habits, recycling flows, and virtually every other aspect of economic and social life will be linked via sensors and software to the IoT platform, continually feeding Big Data to every node – businesses, homes, vehicles – moment to moment, in real time. Stigmergy Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions.[1] The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a different agent. In that way, subsequent actions tend to reinforce and build on each other, leading to the spontaneous emergence of coherent, apparently systematic activity. Stigmergy is a form of self-organization. It produces complex, seemingly intelligent structures, without need for any planning, control, or even direct communication between the agents. As such it supports efficient collaboration between extremely simple agents, who lack any memory, intelligence or even individual awareness of each other.[1]

Architecture Without Architects—Another Anarchist Approach Marion von Osten The title of this text is a hybrid of two existing titles. “Architecture without Architects” was the name of an influential exhibition by the architect Bernard Rudofsky at the MoMA in 1964; “Housing: An Anarchist Approach” was the name of a famous book by the English architect and anarchist Colin Ward in which the author proclaims the rights and productivity of self-built housing and squatting in postwar Europe. Whereas the latter’s collection of essays discussed specific cases of European and Latin American squatter movements from the 1940s to the 1970s, Rudofsky’s exhibition presented photographs of local vernacular architecture from all over the world, with the claim that architects should learn from premodern architectural forms. Both of these perspectives identify a condition that emerged during decolonization, in which a massive crack appeared in the modernist movement and its vision of top-down planning. A Colonial Global Modernity

Stigmergy and the World-Wide Web or how we all became ants building a nest we can't even see. Weblogs, Neighborhoods, and Google Weblogs, Neighborhoods, and Google are all phenomena of the World-Wide Web. Seoul Space: Startup Incubator. Coworking Hub. IT Blog. Localization Agency. There is probably one “must have” iPhone app in Korea and that app is Kakao Talk. Available for both iPhone and Android, Kakao Talk allows users to send and receive messages, photos and videos in place of SMS and MMS messages. There are numerous competitors in this field but Kakao has clearly risen to the top and cornered the local market. When the iPhone was first offered for sale in Korea, WhatsApp was the leader in this field.

The home of stigmergic systems This site was set up in 2001 to provide a record of the thinking behind the development of stigmergic systems. In 2004, work on new projects was halted in order to re-assess the theory in light of the new thinking coming out of neurological research. Brain imaging techniques were revealing that the functioning of the human brain is totally different from the way it had been envisaged in the twentieth century. The old ideas, based upon systems theory and computer technology, were rapidly being replaced by a far superior theoretical model based upon new concepts of dynamic, complex systems. The implications for information technology are far reaching and it was decided that the next step forward should be to encompass all further work within these new theoretical frameworks. To this end, work has now started on practical examples to be developed in the stigmergic environment known as Second Life.

Maxwell's Demon CAMel is a project to develop Rhino Grasshopper components for CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing). Hence the silly name. It is very much work in progress, but if you are brave enough, here is a first release. All images and the video on this page are of a machine running GCode generated by CAMel. Download CAMel 0.12Download Rhino file (only needed if you want to see the example setup).

Stigmergy - the secret of complex organization Cooperation in multicellular systems requires information sharing. Entities such as cells in a multicellular body, social insects in a colony, people in societies, or computers in the Internet do not generally obey commands from some central controller; they share information by indirect and distributed paths. Independent entities deposit long-lived cues in external structures that are subsequently sensed by others. The cues may be attached to connective tissue within one body, to surfaces of shared nests such as termite mounds, or placed in shared databases or web-sites as the case may be.