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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 Related:  Disruptive Technology

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 Shirky, a social media theorist and technology optimist, sees Cognitive Surplus as part of a positive evolution. Cognitive Surplus Erring on the Side of New Technology The trend toward online collaboration is emerging as the Internet shifts from “old technology“ to “new technology.” Cognitive Surplus’ First Step: Participation

Stigmergic collaboration Below are some general thoughts inspired by Samuel Rose's response to my article, Stigmergic Collaboration. * Agents of a stigmergic system don't communicate directly, but rather via the stigmergic medium. The nature of this communication would thus not be one of turn-taking conversation, but rather, “I encounter something in the system that provokes x response from me”. * The local is the domain of the individual agent, while the system wide level likely to be beyond the individual's comprehension (or ability to conceptualize at any given moment). * Filtering... hmm, seems like that is what stigmergy kind of does naturally. * Intuitively I feel there is something big, complex and hairy lurking behind the combination of network theory (mathematical & social) and stigmergy. * Finally, as I paste all this jabber into my private wiki, I realized that stigmergy doesn’t have to be social, that is, the communication can be with oneself…

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. The Internet of Things European Research Cluster, a body set up by the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, to help facilitate the transition into the new era of “ubiquitous computing,” has mapped out some of the myriad ways the Internet of Things is already being deployed to connect the planet in a distributed global network. Related Stories Cisco Sees Retailers Harvesting Internet of Things for Analytics.Read the story » From The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin.

The Individual as Collective: stimulated by the performance one The content of this post has been collaboratively developed with Elizabeth Presa. I ended a past post, Some General Off-the-Cuff Reflections on Stigmergy with the reflection: "as I paste all this jabber into my private wiki, I realized that stigmergy doesn’t have to be social, that is, the communication can be with oneself…" This got me thinking about the use of the process of stigmergy by and for the individual. I post to my own wiki (behind a firewall) for the purposes of archiving, but more so in order to further develop my ideas for the eventual compilation of my PhD dissertation. By doing work in my wiki which I can then reflect on in the future, I am able to stigmergically communicate with myself. I got to discussing this issue with my PhD supervisor, Elizabeth Presa, and we quickly realised that there are some fundamental connections between 'auto stigmergy' and the creative/artistic process. These realisations prompted many more... This brings us to serendipity (thanks Julen!).

Korean Must Have Mobile App: Kakao Talk | 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. Kakao Talk’s dominance was briefly threatened when the Samsung Galaxy S went on sale in Korea. The dominance of Kakao Talk demonstrates an important lesson for the Korean market: localization is key. It does not seem Kakao Talk is generating any revenue at the moment.

The home of stigmergic system ICI Montreuil, le creative space XXL En janvier 2013, aux portes de Paris, est apparu ICI Montreuil, un « creative space collaboratif et solidaire » de 1 700 m² dédié aux entrepreneurs de la création. Rencontre avec le co-fondateur Nicolas Bard. Peux-tu nous raconter comment est né le projet ICI Montreuil ? J’ai travaillé pendant dix-sept ans dans le milieu de la publicité, sur les plannings stratégies, la conception de filiales anglo-saxonnes, puis j’ai fait du consulting en indépendant. On a commencé par créer la marque Made In Montreuil qui fait la promotion du meilleur de la création montreuilloise dans tous les domaines. Facebook nous a permis de vérifier l’intérêt porté à notre initiative. Les rencontres et discussions qui ont eu lieu autour de la création du guide et du livre nous ont permis d’identifier les besoins de ces créateurs et ont conduit à l’idée de créer un lieu dédié à la création. Justement est-ce que tu peux nous en dire plus sur ce lieu ? Comment se crée l’écosystème d’ICI Montreuil ?

Why 'disruptive finance' has found its home in London | VentureBeat | Business | by William Bancroft This is a guest post by The Real Asset Company‘s William Bancroft We’ve all heard about the contrasts between the venture and entrepreneurial scenes in the USA and Europe. The prevailing view is that the US, especially Silicon Valley, is a more vibrant hotbed of disruption than the UK and Europe. Pools of venture money are funding U.S. start-ups, fueling a more compelling roster of Google-like successes. A sector growing outside of the USA But a certain niche has grown more mature and attractive outside of the US, and is largely focused around London. Disruptive financial services businesses seeking to revolutionize the way we move money, save and invest, trade and speculate, and generally consume financial services are finding London a more fertile environment to launch and grow. Apart from crowd-funding and P2P lending, which are established in the U.S., a number of start-ups and established businesses in London have found doing business in America to be difficult.

What is disruptive technology A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry. Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the term disruptive technology. In his 1997 best-selling book, "The Innovator's Dilemma," Christensen separates new technology into two categories: sustaining and disruptive. Sustaining technology relies on incremental improvements to an already established technology. Here are a few examples of disruptive technologies: The personal computer (PC) displaced the typewriter and forever changed the way we work and communicate. In his book, Christensen points out that large corporations are designed to work with sustaining technologies. See also: disruptive innovation, digital disruption, IT innovation, business innovation, IT transformation