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.



April 26th, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Audblogging)

This is actually really cool, and I look forward to doing this as well. Joi is now sending audio messages to his blog while mobile. Here is a link to his first audio moblog.

As time goes on, and blogging technology improves, more of our lives can be streamed in real-time, uniquely customized and mediated for different parties. An uncensored/unedited version for ourselves, detailed ones for friends and family, and notable blogsperiences for the world at large. We are just seeing the beginnings of this stuff. Coming soon – smart mobs, geoblogging, geo-annotation, affective computing and mediation, customized augmented reality.


Affective Glogging: Mood Mediated Real-Time Blogging

January 5th, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Affective Glogging: Mood Mediated Real-Time Blogging)

A wrote a short piece a couple of weeks ago called Beyond Blogging: Real-Time Intimate Reality. Stephan Mann has just published a piece about quiki glogs or real-time unmediated CyborgLogs (cyborglogs or “glogs“). I suspect however, that the majority of us who become gloggers will want to be more selective in what we broadcast. The first problem that occurs to me is that you’ll quickly grow tired of deciding when to broadcast and when not to. The trick will be to automate your casting preferences, perhaps have it learn through sophisticated adaptive algrothims, fuzzy logic, and user feedback.

Combine affective computing (computers being able to read your emotions) with other forms of mediated glogging (real-time streaming), and you get affective glogging.

With affective adaptive glogging you will be able to stream your life in a fuzzy fashion based on a web-of-trust (aka friendnet). This way your real-time stream to the outside world will be broadcast selectively (mediated) based on your GPS location, mood, and whim.

For example, when you are feeling sad, you could program your computer to only broadcast to your most trusted friends, or when you are feeling highly creative and energized you might want to stream your happenings to a wider audience for interaction and feedback. And of course you’ll probably want to selectively broadcast based on your GPS location, so that your friends might know you are home and available, but everyone else sees you as offline – at least visually.


Reputation Based Markets

December 20th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Reputation Based Markets)

I think as wireless, wearable internet access become ubiquitous, we are going to see consumer power re-assert itself in an unprecedented way. Imagine for example, CueCat (a technology previously with little purpose), except this time each barcode is cross-referenced with a moblog not only neatly containing everyone’s opinion of this product, but also its ethical/corruption index. These types of measurements would be made via decentralized adhoc smart mobs in conjunction with individual reputation systems. So, not only will you be able to vote with your pocketbook, but you will be able to make informed, even ethical consumer decisions based on people you trust. I can see this web-of-trust rapidly superseding top-heavy “consumer” capitalism, transforming it into a bottom-up grass-roots reputation based freed markets.


Supernova: P2P obsoletes businesses that sell people to each other

December 9th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Supernova: P2P obsoletes businesses that sell people to each other)

Blogged by Cory Docterow:

Karl Jacob from CloudMark is speaking now at Supernova. He suggests that many Internet based-businesses (like essentially sell people to each other: here is some data that I input, here is some data that you input, and the software acts as a trusted-third-party/matchmaker to hook us up. Peer-to-peer networking makes these businesses superfluous: why do I need you to sell me other people, when they can connect with me directly, using distributed search? (Of course, conferences are businesses that sell people to each other, too)


Wearable Computers Create Ad-hoc Wireless Communities.

December 7th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Wearable Computers Create Ad-hoc Wireless Communities.)

Roland Piquepaille writes:

Howard Rheingold is looking at how “wearable computers create ad-hoc wireless communities.” Here is the main idea, introduced by Gerd Kortuem, a 38-year-old assistant professor, who recently moved to Lancaster University in England from the University of Oregon’s Wearable Computing Lab. “As he sees it, the crowds who surround us every day constitute a huge waste of social capital. If you live in a city for instance, there are many who pass within a few yards of you each day who could give you a ride home, buy an item you’re trying to sell, or consider you as dating material. Dynamic networking makes it possible to tap those resources through a momentary alliance among transient interest groups.” Check this column for a summary or the full article if you have more time.

Courtesy of Slashdot


Smart Mob Gaming

December 4th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Smart Mob Gaming)

Ok, this is cool.

The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game, a technology-fueled, reality-based experience that encourages hard play and a keen eye for the weird, the beautiful, or the faintly out-of-the-ordinary.

Thanks to Howard Rheingold at the Smart Mobs Weblog.


From Weblog to Moblog

November 22nd, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on From Weblog to Moblog)

Justin Hall writes a lucid piece on the power of weblogging when full, seamless mobile networking becomes pervasive.

Weblogs reflect our lives at our desks, on our computers, referencing mostly other flat pages, links between blocks of text. But mobile blogs should be far richer, fueled by multimedia, more intimate data and far-flung friends. As we chatter and text away, our phones could record and share the parts we choose: a walking, talking, texting, seeing record of our time around town, corrected and augmented by other mobloggers.If we can protect our privacy and trust data networks, then we might find that some of our daily activities would be enhanced by sharing them, both with our circle of friends around the Web, and the people nearby with like minds. Each of our moblogs, our mobile information profiles and archives, could search people in the area for compatible data. Think of it as a Web search on the real world. The results would be constant, part of conversation, tracked by your moblog.


Smart Mobs

October 8th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Smart Mobs)

Howard Rheingold, the father of virtual communities, is already on to the next revolution – Smart Mobs. He’s written a new book and created an updated nice website about it. The revolutionary potential of Wi-Fi is that it enables the emergence of an ad-hoc, on-the-fly, real-time, constantly in-flux wireless and decentralized internet. A company Mesh Networks, has already risen to capitalize on this trend. Everyone becomes a node in the emergent network. The beauty of this scheme is that it would completely by-pass all means of centralized control, and empower old-style internet (i.e. anonymous and uncensored) communications from the bottom-up using the unregulated spectrum of garage door openers. Obviously, the emergence of such a network levels the playing field all over again, and therefore scares the crap out of the big boys. Why? Because such a network could easily bypass all of their expensive networks and revenue streams. Will they attempt to crush this technology using legal or technological strangleholds? They are likely to try, but the tricky part is getting this spectrum regulated when nearly every remote control device in existence operates in it.