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Insight: the next genre change

originally @ healthcareandthesocialweb.ning

In the middle of the last decade we started to see a flurry of research papers stemming from universities and like institutions harping on the idea of “casual information visualization” and the how human-kind would engage the grand data infrastructure that was newly recognizable in our internet searches and social networks. As usual, the public intellectuals lead the discovery of a problem where our technological infrastructure, both software and hardware, couldn’t meet the demand of being able to understand the data exhausted from the world surrounding us.

Three years into this decade we’ve finally seen a convergence of infrastructures hardware, software, and methodological-ware (cultural in most cases), where individuals have an identifiable need for insight from the data in their ecosystem to make their daily decisions, better. Insight is the objective of computing.

As far as the 21st century goes, we are at the commencement of yet another genre change in technological development. We’ve seen 1) Search 2) Social … and now 3) Insight will lead the next wave of software, hardware, and methodological development. Human-kind continually endeavors to make sense of the surrounding world.

What is an insight? Intuitively apprehending the true nature of a thing. While the philosophical community has never been able to firmly depict the true nature of “being” for a plethora of phenomena and opinion, human-kind’s sustained existence shows that one pervasive objective has always been to understand and adapt. Insights of sorts; across the political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological spectrums will ultimately ensuring our endured existence.

Confirming Value in Human-Kind


I’ll just start right out with it. The problem with this century is and will continue to be (unless we fix it philosophically), how we compensate the individuals of our species for the value that they add to our evolving existence.

We have the tools today to start quantifying the value that human-kind generates based on the following phenomena:

  • Degrees-of-separation – This is the number of others that each person has the ability to influence from a PEST (politically, economically, socio-culturally, or technologically) standpoint beyond a nominal rate.
  • Influence – This is information published and could be rhetoric, opinions, research findings, creations, reactions, etc. I think that the field of ethnography in sociological study has shown us that people influence each other via their culture and language regardless of the macro geographic or economic conditions.
  • Action – This s where the data compiled from the prior is used to argue in the legal fashion the just due for labors of publication and participation. Per Integrationalism, we understand that every innovation is crowdsourced regardless of how large/small it is. Further, those so compelled will have grounds to actively negotiate the value of their existence.

In the information technology age where the buzz word BigData I so difficult to understand from an implementation standpoint, we find ourselves (in my opinion) overwhelmed with information resources. Like any situational abundance, it is difficult to see the opportunities, even as they are within our grasp.

The current view on value and creation: a provider entity (individual or institution) produces a product/service and a consumer entity pays with insights and value for exchange. I think that it is possible to prove in many situations that the consumer or 3rd parties influence heavily on the provider; and further, that the provider is owning a too pervasively, consuming too much of the value produced by product/service creation. This is stifling to our growth and capacity to produce products/services.

On the ideal of Integrationalism, I’m looking to build a team to produce an application that generates both degrees-of-separation and influence more thoroughly than the utilities of social networks and micro blogs, but also factoring in financial transactions, location based data, viewership and participation in physical world events, and all voluntary information formally captured per the individual.

My Personal Genome Project

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I’m getting my genome sequenced and making it public information, I’ve been working through the study guide to formally give consent for this study at Harvard University. How risky are the privacy issues associated with this study? of course it depends on the individual, but for someone widely exposed like myself…how risky? I think that I need to know…and further, that transparency is the only way create the kinds of changes in the Political, Economic, Sociological, and Technological realities of today.

I thought you all might be interested in read this study exam or joining the project HERE.



Humanoid species have always upgraded themselves and co-existed with pred/successors in the same time. #Transhumanism is not specific to this recent technological era.

Ownership of Archieved Tweets

In April of 2010 the Library of Congress announced that it will acquire all of the public tweets for future generations to review. It’s quite the ambitious effort from a technological standpoint, considering all of the data migration and storage as the micro-blogging social network grows. The initiative also has some uncovered ethical and democratic potential that are currently being overlooked.

Twitter as a platform is empowering the creators of the world to understand how their co-conspirers and consumers are affecting the discovery, development, and delivery of new goods & services to be brought to market. For instance, Marketing and other R&D departments across the globe at the enterprise scale are using social networks like Twitter to monitor and improve their CRM (Customer Relationship Management) processes. These aren’t rigid customer service initiatives, but also customer discovery initiatives. Social networking is giving new meaning to the idea that supply & demand are never ending sphere of interaction; further, confusing the philosophical ideal of who might our creators and consumers be.

This is important because ownership is allocated to creators of sorts, regardless of initial or latter impact.

At current, the world is enduring a series of spiking economic crisis, and as the engineers and economists try and root-cause to remedy our problems, the political conservatism that we all possess at some extent is making it difficult to justify spreading the wealth. Moral and Political arguments haven’t been working over the millennia or most recently. The books/rants/calls for gifting larger amounts to working-poor, nor distributing wealth at high rates to compensate the lesser valued have yielded a change in the gap between those with an immense value and those without. This crisis is not one of lost value, or population growth, or technological change. It is (and has always been) one of poorly allocated ownership. Those causes can be debated separately.

Ownership is paramount in distributing value to individuals and institutions, outside of charity. I don’t think it necessary to elaborate on how miniscule charity is in the known world. It’s legally defensible and mathematically quantifiable. One of the missions of the Library of Congress is to log intellectual property; further, so that it may (if necessary) be defended on the behalf of stakeholders. The initiative to capture tweets for the future generations should not only be technologically charged, but it should be economically charged to assign ownership to authors. This effort would assist greatly in identifying the degrees of separation between the various stakeholders in the discovery, development, and delivery of things.


Hominis Evolutis: Are Humans One Species?

Some catch-up material for the summer time.

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