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Is Twitter a Complex Adaptive System

Is Twitter a Complex Adaptive System
I’ve seen a bunch of posts bubble up over the past few days that are really sparking my curiousity about what is really going on with Twitter, so I need to do a little brain dump. Bear with me. Insight #1 An article by Rosabeth Moss Kanter was just published today on the Harvard Business Review website, titled On Twitter and in the Workplace, It’s Power to the Connectors. She also points out that success today is based on a person’s ability to leverage power and influence within their social networks, to act as “connectors” between people and information, and in turn build social capital. She leaves the evaluation of the significance of Twitter open-ended, but she lays out a few characteristics of Twitter that I found most interesting: In the World According to Twitter, giving away access to information rewards the giver by building followers. (just keep those points in mind, I’m going to come back to it) Insight #2 From a social viewpoint, the architecture of business seems all wrong.

Google Consciousness Holopticism Definition Holopticism is a combination of Greek words holos (whole, holistic, holography...), optiké (vision) and tekhné (art, technique). It expresses the capacity for players in a given organization (or group) to perceive the emerging whole of the organization as if it were a unique entity, be it in a natural physical space or an online space. Properties Holoptical space A holoptical space is a space in which each participant gets a live perception of the Whole. In the original collective intelligence context, conditions of holopticism are given by physical 3D space; human natural organic senses serve as interfaces. Holopticism and transparency Holopticism shouldn't be confused with transparency. Holopticism and panopticism Holopiticism is the opposite from panopticism where the architecture offers a centralized and total vision to a power that gets its omnipotence from it (Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish). Sousveillance Holopticism and Collective Intelligence Holopticism in MMOG's

Learn from your customers for usable Web apps Imagine the following scenario: You go shopping to buy a loaf of bread. The shops look gorgeous, decked out in vivid colors and stunning artwork. You find the front door and wander in. Now you enter a maze of aisles containing products organized in an apparently random manner. Before paying, you attempt to ascertain that you can use your credit card safely, but the inscrutable small print has more to say about your legal obligations than reassurance about your security. This is a Nightmare on Web Street! Why does this happen? OK, it's a caricature. Online shoppers are less interested in a groovy multimedia experience than in finding, understanding, and buying products quickly and easily. The customer's perspective Here are a few comments the IBM Ease of Use team has gathered from customers trying to use a range of real-world Web sites: "This is too stupid for words."" Many customers chose not to buy out of frustration, confusion, or distrust. The analyst's perspective Back to top a. Figure 1.

Eye Computer: Turning Vision Into A Programmable Computer « Changizi Blog Our everyday visual perceptions rely upon unfathomably complex computations carried out by tens of billions of neurons across over half our cortex. In spite of this, it does not “feel” like work to see. Our cognitive powers are, in stark contrast, “slow and painful,” and we have great trouble with embarrassingly simple logic tasks. Might it be possible to harness our visual computational powers for other tasks, perhaps for tasks cognition finds difficult? I have recently begun such a research program with the goal of devising ways of converting digital logic circuits into visual stimuli – “visual circuits” – which, when presented to the eye, “tricks” the visual system into carrying out the digital logic computation and generating a perception that amounts to the “output” of the computation. This is not the first time scientists have attempted to make use of biological computation; this was first tried with DNA, tapping into the computational prowess inside cells. Why with the Eye?

Five frameworks to build strategies for the future of media We are big believers in the power of visual frameworks to help people understand complex landscapes and build effective strategies. One of the domains we have been applying these frameworks to is the future of media. For those who haven’t been following our work through the years, here is a collection of five frameworks we’ve created to help companies understand and act on the future of media. These are frequently used in strategy workshops, and also in more structured strategy development processes. We have also created a number of custom future of media frameworks in the course of strategy consulting projects for clients, to address the particular issues they are facing, however unfortunately we cannot share these publicly. Click on the title or images for links to the original posts, which contain full explanations as well as large versions of the frameworks. Future of Media Strategic Framework Key Elements of Media Business Models Media Lifecycle Framework Future of Media: Strategy Tools

Swarm Wall Street: why an anti-political movement is the most important force on the planet | coalition of the willing Swarm Wall Street: why an anti-political movement is the most important force on the planet Posted on 10. Oct, 2011 by timrayner in Open culture, The movement Why are people occupying Wall Street? The US political elite and mainstream media don’t know what to make of it. Meanwhile the occupation grows day by day. If camp in Manhattan makes the doyens of the status quo feel nervous, the explosion of Occupy Together events across the US last weekend will have sent anxiety levels through the roof. Political leaders must be wondering what is going on. Last week, the movement crossed a threshold. OccupyWallStreet is a new kind of political movement. This is a point that many commentators fail to appreciate. [The aim of] #OccupyWallSt should be to call out this corruption, and unite a movement across the nation to demand that we change the system that permits this corruption. This is hoping for too much – and too little. OccupyWallStreet is not a political movement in the traditional sense.

Rethinking Social Networking | Humanizing Technology Four years ago, Facebook had 100 million users. Today, it has close to a billion. It’s tough to remember a time when every article on the internet wasn’t covered with share buttons, or when you couldn't "like" something by clicking a little thumbs-up icon. Social networking continues to evolve rapidly, especially with the widespread adoption of smartphones and apps, but the digital dust has had a couple of years to settle on Facebook and Twitter, and people are starting to look around and reflect. What they're noticing is that these new tools – while incredibly useful for rapid-fire sharing – are constraining our identities and communication in ways we're only beginning to understand. Artist Jonathan Harris on four cultural phenomena – compression, disposability, curation, and self-promotion – that social media have amplified and accelerated. Compression: From letter writing to phone calls to faxes to email to tweets – the speeding up and compressing of communication. So what’s missing?

Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Babys Brain | Think Tank What’s the Big Idea? Pop quiz! Bilingualism is: a. A competitive advantage on college and job applications. b. c. d. e. Yep, it’s ‘e.’ According to Princeton Neuroscientist Sam Wang, co-author with Sandra Aamodt of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain, the benefits of bilingualism go far beyond the ability to order convincingly at Maxim’s in Paris, or to read Dostoevsky in the original. Cognitive science has demonstrated that all learning is, to a great extent, a process of unlearning – of redefining the schema we use to mentally represent and categorize the world. Bilingual kids are also better, says Wang, at “theory of mind” – the ability to imagine what others are thinking and feeling. Effortful self-control, the wide-ranging benefits of which are addressed in two previous posts on Willpower and Self-Discipline, is also strengthened by early bilingualism. What’s the Significance? The significance is enormous. There’s a socio-evolutionary angle here, too. Or maybe not.

Artificial General Intelligence in Second Life  Virtual worlds are the golden path to achieving Artificial General Intelligence and positive Singularity, Dr Ben Goertzel’s, CEO of Novamente LLC and author of “The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind” explained in his presentation “Artificial General Intelligence in Virtual Worlds” given at the Singularity Summit 2007 earlier this month. According to Goertzel, Singularity is no longer a far future idea. About a year ago Goertzel gave a talk “Ten Years to a Positive Singularity — If We Really, Really Try.” The slide that opens this post was in Goerzel’s presentation. It depicts an Archailect, Archai from the Orion’s Arm science-fiction world — a mega scale brain, “sophont or sophont cluster that has grown so vast as to become a god-like entity.” What is singularity? Harnessing the wisdom of crowds in the quintessential rapid prototyping environment for embodied virtual agents — Second Life – may well turn Artificial General Intelligence into an idea with traction.

Beyond Sustainability: Why an All-Consuming Campaign to Reduce Unsustainability Fails <A HREF=" Widgets</A> Issue 25 - 03 | Beyond Sustainability: Why an All-Consuming Campaign to Reduce Unsustainability Fails By John EhrenfeldPublished Aug. 4, 2006 4:00 a.m. John Ehrenfeld proposes a radically different conversation about sustainability, one that moves away from mere problem solving, demands a new definition and envisions infinite possibilities. Download About John Ehrenfeld | In 2000, John R. Request Processed

Le Web comme système complexe: une auto-organisation contrôlable ? « Approches Interdisciplinaires du Web Intervenants – Résumé – Documents – Vidéo – Compte rendu – Le cycle de conférences Date: Mercredi 27 mai 2009, 19h-21h Lieu: La Cantine. 151 rue Montmartre, Passage des Panoramas, Paris 2e. Intervenants: René Doursat, Directeur de l’Institut des Systèmes Complexes Paris-Ile de FranceDavid Chavalarias, Informaticien et docteur en Sciences CognitivesJean-Marie Chauvet, directeur associé de la société de capital-risque LC Capital Résumé: Après une introduction à la science des systèmes complexes, illustrée d’exemples concrets, René Doursat et David Chavalarias nous montreront comment l’étude du Web comme système complexe permet d’en comprendre et mieux modéliser l’évolution, entre spontanéité et contrôle. Documents: ProspecTic 7/12 : Deuxième clé, la complexité, Jean-Michel Cornu, Wikipedia as a Complex System (Eduard Lopez)

Strategy. So, where do we start? Identity dont you think? Strategy? It’s all about defining how you will create and sustain (more or better) value: value for your customers, value for your shareholders, value for your people, and ultimately value for all your stakeholders and for society, whether at the local, national or global level. By the textbook, your strategy should derive from your organizational vision, position your organization or product portfolio so it can ensure a sustainable competitive advantage, and result in the attainment of your strategic goals. But where should you start? Many of the models out there are outside-in… and based on a prescriptive and almost “mechanical” approach –strategy as a science- where environment shapes strategy, strategy shapes structure, and structure determines outcome. Ultimately, all else being equal, it’s in the intangibles – an organization’s capabilities and the way it combines its capabilities and resources to create value- that lies the difference.

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