The Post-Twitter Real-Time Globalmind Conversation

February 9th, 2009 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Post-Twitter Real-Time Globalmind Conversation)

If you haven’t already experienced it, you should try twitter out for a few days.  Follow everyone you think is interesting, and get connected.  Or if you’re in a hurry, check out Twitterfall, and you can watch the ENTIRE conversation in real time. It is important you understand what twitter is before reading any further.

For the moment the twitter population is small, but soon it’s going to take off big, and watching it live will mean seeing hundreds of thousands of tweets per second!  For the moment, it’s not entirely accurate to call it a conversation, as most tweets are one-way, and there is not yet a clients capable of threading or filtering your tweets.  Also you only see the tweets of people you follow, and your tweets are only seen by those who follow you.

Now fast-forward a few years.  Add in sophisticated clients capable of semantic web 3.0 filtering and threading.  This convergence adds an entirely new layer of communication, functionality and possibility.  So much so, that when it first occurred to me, after watching Twitterfall, my head exploded.  I think Nova’s did too, when I pointed it out to him.  He should know as he is leading the development of a web 3.0 service called Twine. Nova Spivack does an outstanding job of describing this convergence in his Twitter + Twine post.

So in a few years everyone’s twitter client will have the ability to sort/search through the entire twitter flood in real time bringing you threads of conversations happening right NOW on what most interests you.  You in turn can respond to those tweets and everyone who wants to can in turn respond to you.  If the client is smart enough, it will filter and display all of this real-time streaming conversation with very colorful and soothing visualizations to maximize your relevant connections at any given time.  This is really difficult to imagine, precisely because nothing like it has ever been possible before.  It would like be like mingling at a very large cocktail party, but in this case you just happen to be listening and in tuning into in to any conversation that interests you at just the right time, with the option of jumping in.  In turn you could start a new conversation, and in less than a minute you have dozens of responses all coming in at light speed. Except this time the cocktail party is the whole planet! Or at least everyone tweeting at that moment.  That’s what makes twitter + semantic intelligence different, is it becomes a real-time global conversation – a global mind running at light speed.  Thousands, and soon millions of conversations all happening simultaneously – all of them co-mingling with each other via real-time semantic filtering, threading, cross-connecting. Each person being a node, or neuron in the global brain. The future is coming awfully fast, and twitter is making that possible.  Given sufficient visualization and semantic intelligence you could surf and trace the history of all of these conversations going back to the very beginning of twitter’s existence.

As Spivack pointed out, Twitter + Twine = Smarter Collective Intelligence:

  1.  In the 1980’s the fax machine made snailmail almost obsolete. Faxing was faster.
  2. In the 1990’s email made faxing almost obsolete. Email was faster.
  3. In the 2000’s social media rose to challenge email’s dominance. The blogosphere became the center of focus.Blogging about something was often a faster way to get attention (to oneself, or to the topic) than emailing people. And you could more easily reach a larger audience.
  4. In the 2010’s it looks like Twitter (and other real-time messaging systems) may become more important than email and even blogging. Twitter is simply faster. And you can reach more people in less time, more interactively, in Twitter than via email.Twitter may overcome the asynchronous nature of the Web. Even search may go “real-time. 

This is revolutionary enough that it may just undermine Google’s current dominance (See Mining the Thought Stream). As more people will want to do real-time searches, rather than sifting though Google’s archive of already documented past information.  They are really two different things.  The web won’t become irrelevant, but the real action will be the conversations happening right NOW. You can do twitter searches right now, including an advanced search based on things like attitude.

But when you add semantic intelligence running automatically in the background, your conversation flows and is updated in real-time to connect with those most interested in hearing and responding to it, and on it goes forever. In other words the conversations begin taking on lives of their own.  With very well designed clients and intuitive graphical interfaces you could get an entirely new way to communicate than humans have ever had before.  It’s not just way faster, it’s also more paradigm busting and disruptive than any previous communication technology that came before it.

Welcome to the future, it is now.



March 7th, 1997 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The nöosphere has been defined as the sum total of all human knowledge and experience. This would include everything from our most private dreams to our knowledge of Universe itself. With accelerating technology as its catalyst, our nöopshere is expanding at its greatest rate in history.

According to the standard inflationary model of cosmology, the ‘visible’ universe mapped by our telescopes is an infinitesimally small speck in a much larger universe of at least a 1035 light-year radius. If the galactic density of our own neighborhood is typical, then our bubble-universe could contain at least another 10100 galaxies – more galaxies than atoms in our own visible universe!

Despite the possibilility that life might be extremely rare, a number as large as 10100 is likely to produce an abundance of life throughout the universe. A place where countless lifeforms evolve beyond their womb planets into highly advanced space-faring civilizations. Even if somehow life only occurs once in the lifetime of a trillion galaxies, and out of those only one a trillion ever evolves out of its womb planet, in this model we’re still left with an astounding 1075advanced societies – more alien cultures than the number of atoms composing planet Earth! For some perspective on such a number, there are more atoms in a single grain of sand than there are grains of sand on the beach from which it was plucked.

Assuming life were this rare, our nearest star-hopping neighbors would probably be trillions of light-years away. Only future technologies like travel through traversable wormholes (like the hyperspace of Star Wars) might ever give us the ability to connect with these cultures. For an enlightening discussion of some possible scenarios, see Michael C. Price’s Some Implications of Traversible Wormholes.

According to Price, the implications of such ‘Contact’ would be staggering,”The number of alien cultures would be so large, that it is unlikely anyone could ever catalog all of them, even if they did have computers the size of Jupiter! No historian could encompass the sweep of history, no biologist catalog the species. In a profound sense we’ll have returned to a vast ancient world, surrounded by distant lands populated with mythical and fantastic creatures. Construction of a single universal map would be impossible. The culture shock of trying to absorb such a vast amount of new data would take close to eternity.

“If she lost her personal wormhole and forgot her
trans-species designation code (a seventy digit number!) she
would never, ever find her way home again. None of her
descriptions of where she comes from would relate to
anything anyone else knows. “

And just when you thought the universe couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the idea of
other universes and infinite dimensions…

As if 1075 star cultures all interacting with one another in a universe bigger than any of them can imagine isn’t enough, these may be just the civilizations that evolved in our universe. According to cosmologists like Alan Guth and Lee Smolin, our universe may be only one among an endless variety of others, resulting from a biological process of replication, natural selection and diversification. The idea being that our universe is only one among trillions of other offspring, born from the black holes of an older ancestral universe, in a chain stretching back indefinitely. Likewise our universe might be spinning off millions of baby universes  through its own black holes.

According to David Bohm, the 4-dimensional universe we ‘experience’ (the explicate order), is just an arbitrary 4-d submanifold of an infinite dimensional multiverse (the implicate order). Everything we experience might then be just one set of arbitrary conditions among an infinite continuum of possibility.

In this context, a traversable wormhole could be seen as 5-d vector from one 4-d slice to another. A more interesting implication of traversable wormholes, is they open the possibility of engineering our own baby universes. One day we might figure out how to do this with such finesse, that we can change the universal constants, like we do our own DNA with genetic engineering. In this case we could utilize such ‘universal engineering’, ‘cloning’ and ‘splicing’ methods to create our own custom/mutated universes. Imagine creating an endless numbers of other universes, each increasingly tailored to our own desires; playing in dimensions so far beyond our own that familiar concepts like space, time, matter and energy have no meaning. It’s possible this has already been done. Perhaps we are already living in one of these artificial universes, created and imagined by beings from a previous ancestral universe.