Everything is changing they say. So what is next? If we wanted to make some guesses about the future of commerce, what would they be? Or what would we hope might arise? There would be 2 sides to the questions, 1] what we hope(value judgments) and 2] what we think might be forced by the changes in connectivity(practical observations).
These will try to focus on the practical observations. (more…)
Main Entry: God
Pronunciation: \ˈgäd also ˈgȯd\
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god
Date: before 12th century
1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe bChristian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind 2: a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship ; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality3: a person or thing of supreme value 4: a powerful ruler
This NPR “This I Believe” entry is one of the first things I posted to my facebook page, an essay from Penn Gillette on being an atheist. I really enjoy this piece a lot, it struck me.
I posted it and several other atheist writings to my facebook page and got some interesting discussions with religious friends. It was the first time I really felt like facebook delivered something valuable to me. A truly different opinion than I was used to getting from people in cambridge or nyc…
But lately I would say I do believe in God. It’s not a statement I would have imagined myself making but it’s true, I do believe in a supreme or ultimate reality. A being or a principle seem to be the same thing to me in this area.
(When) Did we replace models of sharing with models of hiding? ie, (When) Did we create soul-sucking machines of progress? Television, wall st, military industrial complex, big box stores, etc. We think these systems should be trashed? Or upgraded slightly? Does open information solve their problems? What is the future of large American institutions such as the banks, automotive, pharma, military industrial complex, media publishing, etc. Do you actively work to take them down? Or do you build something better nearby and assume that you can design safe evacuation for the participants?
How do the systems for sharing get to be more successful than the business of hiding? Or are they already with facebook, twitter, flickr, youtube, digg, reddit, craigslist, etc… Bill has left the building. Will Steve leave soon too? Will Linus or many others take over?
Do these ideas translate to physical domain already? Is the enlightened characteristic of “success” the ability to truly democratize content production and credit?
We believe in this thing, therefore we all should be engaged in a broader conversation about the process of sharing information, no?
Does frequency/unit of sharing affect reception and transmission? And when does knowledge “count”? Is it when one person knows? 5? Half? Or when we all know?
There are a bunch of people who are doing the sharing thing already so it shouldn’t be shocking for us to do it to, right? How can we be explicit about what is being done now in specific implementations and what is being done in meta analysis/trends? Should we use the tools of the ad agencies? Or we should invent new methods? What is the sustainable version of the superbowl ad that we use to sell news ideas and processes? Is “flat and peer-to-peer information transfer for all we do in life” the end goal? Does this allow both the capitalist idea of the market solving all with the communist idea of a public trust (all information)?
In terms of the practical and the now, what are the businesses or systems I am using that support sharing and have an ability to overturn an existing business leader?
I should mention that I regularly use firefox (vs safari or ie), openoffice (vs word, excel, etc), vlc (vs itunes, windows media player, etc). I am not using linux (vs windows/macos) but hope to have a linux machine soon. I use arduino and shop at adafruit. I am beginning to use gimp (vs photoshop) and inkscape (vs illustrator/corel). I have been a small user of processing, openframeworks, and codeblocks.
And corporate software I am using: I am currently happy with ableton live (~$400). I don’t like Solidworks (~$3500) and have looked for alternatives but haven’t found anything yet.
Can I actually make a living right now sharing? Or should I still be looking for work in the hiding businesses because that is the reality?