Neurosphere

The Human-Human Interface

Real Time Search


The World Right Now

Real time search engine – crawls social networks to find out what people are looking at, sharing right now. The pop culture orientation of the results makes me wonder if social nets just skew young, and shallow? Or is this simply the way the neurosphere crumbles; majority rules?


The World Around Us, from the inside out..


The World Right Now

Is this actually a Microsoft thing? pretty innovative for Redmond…


Imbrication – Google It


Wholeness and Virtual Communities

Finally getting Saskia Sassen – locally situated agents of globalization are an IMBRICATION of contexts. Territory, Authority, Rights (2006)


Work with the Resolution You Got


Personal Infrastructure

A review of the new Mattel “Mind Flex” toy. Sensors read your brainwaves and adjust a fan that lifts or lowers a foam ball. It’s matching activity to some basic brainwave patterns, so it’s not well beyond biofeedback in the 1970s. But still, the idea’s got an iressistible attraction to it.

see also www.mindflexgames.com


MoodySphere


Personal Infrastructure

According to Francis Heylighen:

“There is an interesting new method to measure how happy or sad people feel by analysing the “feeling” words that they use in their texts (blogs, song texts, presidential addresses, …).

Common words are given a “valence”, i.e. an average value on a scale ranging from most happy (e.g. “love”, “hope”, “proud”, “hug”…) to least happy (e.g. “death”, “lonely”, “rape”, “afraid”, …). The average valence of a text is calculated as an average (weighted by frequency) of the valence of the words it contains.

By analysing millions of blogs it is possible to measure the average valence on any given day, or in specific groups, like countries, age groups, or genders. These valences can fluctuate quite a bit, being high on days like Christmas or the Obama election, and low on days like anniversaries of 9/11 or the death of Michael Jackson. They also tend to be lower for teenagers and pensioners, and higher in middle age.”


Crowdsourcing as Symptom of Neurosphere


Personal Infrastructure

This is one is notable for the mobile nature of the group interplay. Feels more organic – I guess organisms are mobile, nervous systems are constantly circulating.


Meshes


Personal Infrastructure

DOD test of mesh networking of RFID tags. Kind of Phildickian – hundreds of little boxes traveling together and staying in touch with each other and their leader – kind of hive-like.

http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/view/5087


augmented reality


Personal Infrastructure

Pachube is a great site for hands-on work on the embedding of intelligence in the world.


War on Ourselves


Wholeness and Virtual Communities

neurolobsterObama defense budget – end of wars between states – only intra-national insurgency – war on ourselves – a prediction of the neurosphere.


Postsingular by Rudy Rucker


Wholeness and Virtual Communities

A world where the Neurosphere is instantiated via a combination of RFID and nanotechnology. Some quotes:

“Orphids are to bar codes as velociraptors were to trilobites.

Orphids will cover the Earth’s surface, yes, but only down to one or two orphids per square millimeter…You’ll see a few million of them on your skin, and maybe ten sexteillion orphids on Earth’s whole surface. From then on, they only reproduce enough to maintain that same density.

Orphids use quantum computing; they propel themselves with electrostatic fields; they understand natural language; and they’re networked via quantum entanglement.

Jeez, you’re picking up my subvocal mutters. This orphidnet link is like telepathy almost.

With orphids blanketing the world, it was like your eyes were everywhere.

The orphids are the interface. Nobody needs hardware anymore. We’re putting people first and building Gaia’s minds.”

At the end of the book, the next phase:

“Not only would an unfurled eighth dimension have provided endless memory for all, it would have brought about telepathy for every object in the world.”

That last quote describes the premise for Rucker’s next book, Hylozoic. I am halfway through it and it’s more about alien visitors who also come from hylozoic worlds, rather than speculation about how hylozoism might look in our world.