Stay updated about the Synaptic Web on Twitter via @SynapticWeb The Synaptic Web By Khris Loux, Eric Blantz, Chris Saad and you... The Internet is constantly evolving. In the brain, neurologists now believe that it is the density and flexibility of the connections between neurons, not simply neurons themselves, which are at the root of intelligence. Even if the total number of brain cells, or neurons, begins to diminish in early adulthood, our ability to generate new connections between neurons and between different parts of the brain – what neurologist call “plasticity” - persists throughout life. It is at the synapse, the "gap" between one neuron and another, where neural connections are consummated to create pathways that, when used, are reinforced with additional connections and, when unused, are "pruned" to make way for new, more useful pathways. Signs of the emerging Synaptic Web abound. The same is true for Social Networks. Social profiles are becoming real-time streams.
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Crowd Computing and The Synaptic WebA couple of days ago David Gelernter – a known Computer Science Visionary who famously survived an attack by the Unabomber – wrote a piece on Wired called ‘The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It’. In it, he summarized one of his predictions around the web moving from a static document oriented web to a network of streams. Nova Spivack, my Co-founder and CEO at Bottlenose, also wrote about this in more depth in his blog series about The Stream. I’ve been interested in the work of David Gelernter for quite some time and thought this might be a good time to revisit some of his previous predictions. Crowd Computing 18. In order to make software and apps more intelligent, there is a vast amount of computation that needs to be done. At my company we send raw social media messages down to the browser, the browser then does natural language processing, semantic analysis and finally our StreamSense algorithms to discover trends in the stream. Bottlenose Crowd Computing Layer 28.
Web 3.0A short story about the Semantic Web. Some Internet experts believe the next generation of the Web - Web 3.0 - will make tasks like your search for movies and food faster and easier. Instead of multiple searches, you might type a complex sentence or two in your Web 3.0 browser, and the Web will do the rest. For example, you could type "I want to see a funny movie and then eat at a good Mexican restaurant. That's not all. Eventually you might be able to ask your browser open questions like "where should I go for lunch?" Watch the full documentary now
File-Sharers Await Official Recognition of New ReligionA group of self-confessed radical pirates are pinning their hopes on gaining official recognition of their own unique belief system. The founders of the Missionary Church of Kopimism - who hold CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols - hope that along with this acceptance will come harmony, not just with each other, but also with the police. ‘Thou shall not steal’ is one of the most well-known of the Ten Commandments. Although most familiar to those in Christian circles, its message is universal and cuts across most religious boundaries. But while stealing – taking another’s property and therefore depriving him of it – is widely frowned upon, some have a wider definition for the word. Make no mistake, if the entertainment industries were God passing their sacred rulings to Moses, there would have almost certainly been one more – Thou Shalt Not Copy. For those thinking this is some kind of late April Fool’s joke, think again. “In our belief, communication is sacred.
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Synaptic Web | Collective WebIn previous posts, especially in those related to content mapping, I frequently referred to collective actions and efforts in describing certain concepts, but never elaborated on the exact meaning of these terms. One could think that collectivity and collaboration are identical (they often are mentioned in the same context) as both have something to do with individuals working together. In fact, I find it important to highlight their differences for I expect collectivity to play as vital a role in Web 3.0 as collaboration did in Web 2.0. Transition As already understood from popular Web 2.0 applications such as Wikipedia, Google Docs, or WordPress, we define collaboration as sharing workload in a group of individuals who engage in a complex task, working towards a common goal in a managed fashion, and are conscious of the process’ details all the way. Different realms Collaboration and collectivity operate in different realms. The synaptic web Hence the synaptic web calls for collectivity.
The Ready Application of Neural NetworksNeural networks (in theory) existed since the 1950's, but it wasn't until the mid-1980's thatalgorithms became sophisticated enough for real neural network applications. McCulloch and Pitts groundbreaking work, “ A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent inNervous Activity ” lay the theoretical groundwork for neural network processing International Business Machine research efforts in advanced computing link academicinstitutions to private research; this model became the basis of future research and largely, thestandard operational method by which additional advanced computing research is carried out The Perceptron model was developed, becoming the primary basis by which adoptivemathematical models mimicked the basic processing functionality of the human neuron ADAptive LInear Element ) developed by Bernard Widrow and Marcian Hoff. Minsky of MIT and Papert question the entire concept of neural networks viability;development is slowed and the concept is thrown into ill-repute.
Nova Spivack – Minding the PlanetJoël de Rosnay : À la découverte du Web 5.0Joël de Rosnay est un biologiste français, d’abord spécialiste des origines du vivant et des nouvelles technologies, puis en systémique et en prospective. Après trois ans de recherche et d’enseignement au MIT, il fut directeur des applications de la recherche à l’Institut Pasteur, puis directeur de la prospective et de l’évaluation de la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie de La Villette. Il a créé AgoraVox en mai 2005 et préside actuellement une société de conseil. Joël de Rosnay, Docteur en Sciences, est Directeur de la Prospective et de l’Evaluation de la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette. Entre 1975 et 1984, il a été Directeur des Applications de la Recherche à l’Institut Pasteur. > Retrouvez le programme et les vidéos de TEDx PARIS 2010