Monday, May 19, 2008

The New Blank Society and Web 3.0

Globalization is taking place and it's not reversible - rather historical. Inequality within society (financially and non-financially) - governance systems - including weaker national government influence - don't work on a global scale.

So the question is, 'How will economic and technology trends influence the way that society develops and what is our role in the near future?'

Our roles are becoming more specialized. In essence, I believe that the 'renaissance man' is an anachronism in our modern society, due to the huge driving force toward specialization.

No longer is a writer a writer, a chemist a chemist, or a philosopher a philosopher. They are each specialized in a subdivision of their field, often with little interest in other realms of knowledge (within their field, let alone even daring to venture outside of it).

This specialization seems to hinder progress within each field, as each group of specialist develops a highly distinct, individualistic mode of communication (a new, lonely language) that excludes non-specialist and hence fortifies the barrier of communication between knowledge fields and, in effect, humans.

Our society and the mechanism that define and regulate it are drastically changing exactly because of this specialization of knowledge.

Seems bad but not really - it's an opportunity.

We now have a chance to re-think the way we adapt to society and its influences. Global societies and their interactions are the most complex structures in the world. We barely understand it and how it works. We theorize, evaluate and research but do we know the main mechanisms that govern our societies?

No.

In order to balance the inequalitie between loosely consolidated private power (that initiate innovation) and highly consolidated public and capital power (that regulate it) requires creativity and a different mechanism of control - not hierarchical in nature but rather networked and layered.

This is where I was today in a large, rather heated discussion. The question boils down to a chicken and egg discussion. Some would believe that these attributes (networking, self organizing, multidirectional), as a result of technical innovation, are leading societal change.

My specific argument is that these attributes are actually being developed after the fact to fill the voids and gaps left between public and private power.


Global society is developing as a result of a higher consolidation of power (market, capital and governance or influence) within the hands of fewer people and thus, the development of networks and multidimensional matrices are a creative innovation of the common man or private power.

Social technology (or social media) is the result - not the cause – of these changes.

Why? How?

Our world is at a transitional moment. This transitional moment will be (or is) very disruptive and costly but that’s another 3 hour discussion so I won't include it here.

The point here is that in our (my) world, at the intersection of technology and society, this discussion helps us to define what Web 3.0 will become.

By my definition, Web 3.0 is the new paradigm of the collection and sharing of human knowledge.

This will be the defining factor on how the New Blank Society will be shaped. Web 3.0 won’t be simply be a term attached to the Internet because the Internet is changing and in a few years from now, the so-called Internet will look very different to what we see currently.

By my definition, Web 3.0 will scale to define our society in the future.

It will include inherent support for private power and the creativity of innovations and rewards to support future innovation. And it will include a balancing mechanism that will define public power and the governance models that will allow and accept redistributive equality into the ‘social knowledge sharing’ equation.

Web 3.0 will be a defining initiative for society in the near future. I hope we get it right.

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5 Comments:

Blogger gregory said...

i don't know how i found you today, coinciding interests reveal unpredictable connections. the emotional tone of your efforts in this blog is touching. your english is perfect, but i think it is not your first language, the thought/word connections are slightly unexpected at times.

i wish to have a conversation with you. i look at the same trends, but from a different point of view ... as perhaps can be understood by revealing that while you have been involved in the internet for the last many years, i have been in india looking at it from the inside out, if that analogy is useful.

i see the same things as you, plus some possibilities that may deepen the consideration, and broaden its understandings so that a wider audience "gets it".

the specialization conversation in your post i disagree with. i know what you are referring to, but it misunderstands two things. now more than ever i can be both an artist and a scientist, because the means for producing either are so much closer at hand, and cheaper. another thing, bucky fuller called it hyphen-ization, the marriage of previously disassociated disciplines, i.e. bio-chemistry. another misunderstanding is because you don't know about so-called spiritual development, with its model of consciousness from gross to subtle, so that simple practices increase one's ability to integrate disparate points of view.

the "chicken and egg" conversation that you reference in this post is interesting, though i would add another consideration as to what technology is in terms of consciousness. this is an entire lecture, i won't do it here.

this is enough to send now.. i will check in later to see if there is more to dscuss.

thanks for your time,

gregory

11:07 AM, May 26, 2008  
Blogger gregory said...

another point... your quote, "This transitional moment will be (or is) very disruptive and costly" ....

systemic evolution is never disruptive or costly,... resisting it is, though, extremely.

11:10 AM, May 26, 2008  
Blogger Gigathlon Chicas - Unser Weg zum Gigathlon 2009 said...

hey dave, gave Peet from NL (ex-Colleague) your details... i would appreciate if you can recommend him something beyond the usual bla bla marketing stuff ;-) Count on you. Hope you are well!!!
Nadine

3:43 PM, October 10, 2008  
Blogger Gigathlon Chicas - Unser Weg zum Gigathlon 2009 said...

Hey David,
Hope things are well. I gave Peet (former colleague) your details. he is looking for something GOOD in pharma e-Marketing... I hope you can recommend him something beyond the ususal bla bla...

Don't you blog any more? it has been a long time since your last entry! Miss reading ya...
Nadine (p.s. I am back with "our" BIG company as freelancer)

3:45 PM, October 10, 2008  
Anonymous Temira said...

Keep up the good work.

10:31 PM, November 10, 2008  

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