Archive for the ‘Collective Intelligence’ Category

Wiki Art: collective works in search of an author?

June 8, 2010

Crowd, photo par James Cridland

One of the characteristics of Web 2.0 as described by Tim O’Reilly is its “hackability”: sites, services and applications are built by successive strokes, by continuously rearranging existing bricks. This is the spirit of mash-ups (aggregation of content from other sources) or applications using other web services’ API (Google Maps, Twitter, etc..)

This trend is not only technical, it is behavioral. It has an impact on various aspects of life, including art. The Los Angeles Times provides a good analysis of this in their article “Essay: Technology changes how art is created and perceived”.

The article relies on several examples. One of them is the Johnny Cash project . It is a tribute to Johnny Cash  on which Web users are invited to collectively build a video clip for the song “Ain’t No Grave”. Participants can submit a drawing for each frame of the video and / or vote for their favorite designs.The result of this process of collective creation (crowdsourcing) will be the final clip.

Another example is Reality Hunger , a book by David Shields, made as a collage of 600 fragments from other books.

The phenomenon of “remix” or enhancements of existing works has gained an unprecendented momentum. True, works inspired by earlier pieces of art are not new.  Pop art has extensively used this creative process, with Andy Warhol or Lichtenstein, for example.  But until now a person was at work, crafted the overall plan, provided a direction, an intent.  It is still the case with Reality Hunger.  But will the sum of thousands of  uncoordinated edits in an initiative such as the Johnny Cash project result in a coherent piece of art? If so, it will not necessarily be anonymous (participants can register a user name) but it will be apersonal if not impersonal ; it will be a one thousand contributors work without an author. Unless we suggest that this collectivity of users  is driven by an invisible hand, a metaphysical collective being,  and that the final work reflects a person transcending the multitude …

Be realistic: be happy!

August 6, 2007
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Everyone’s favorite A-list target, Robert Scoble, announced the unthinkable a few days ago: he will be moderating his comments. But what some people found far more disturbing was Robert’s wish to make a change in his life that includes steering clear of “people who were deeply unhappy” and hanging around people who are happy. The harsh reaction he’s gotten could be a lesson in scientific ingorance, because the neuroscience is behind him on this one.

Angry/negative people can be bad for your brain

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When wikis meet business education

July 20, 2007

Andrew McAfeeAndrew McAfee, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, has just launched Cases 2.0, a wiki-based repository of business cases about the impact of Web 2.0 on corporations. This is a very interesting initiative where you can contribute.

Via Pascal Veilleux

Pierre Levy in Paris, June 5th

June 2, 2007

Pierre LevyPierre Levy, Chair of Canada’s Research Department in Collective Intelligence, will participate in a June 5th conference in Paris University Paris 8 about semantic Web and IEML language.

A short description of IEML language:

“IEML (Information Economy Meta Language) is an artificial language aiming at being both usable by computers and able to express the subtle notions of natural languages.
Its goal is to tackle three issues: semantic indexing of cyberspace data, coordination of research in the fields of human and social sciences and a distributed governance of collective intelligence to foster human development.”

More information and inscription to the conference

AgoraVox launches a wiki-based platform for citizen journalism

December 11, 2006

Wiki-based citizen journalismAgoraVox is a famous Web site in France gathering hundreds of bloggers who accept that their posts be re-published or choose to write directly on the site. Every day, a new edition of a collective digital newspaper is available for thousands of people to comment. In spite of the success of the site, which can be measured through audience and number of comments, one limitation was that many articles were still mere analyses or reactions on news available elsewhere. To go further, the initiator of AgoraVox, Carlo Revelli, decided to launch an additional wiki called WikiEnquête (“WikiSurvey”) where people can decide to work jointly on a topic, look for information, double check it, and release fresh information: in one word, do journalism. The site was launched 2 weeks ago and is still working on its work processes: should a chief editor be “officially” nominated to coordinate efforts on some articles ? Should he/she be rewarded by micropayment or are passion and reputation enough ? It will be interesting to see if a community appears and the solutions they will find.
PS : there is an English version of AgoraVox but without such an initiative at this stage, as far as I can see.

A WikiBook about the new power of Internet users

May 17, 2006

Le nouveau pouvoir des internautes
I would like to mention an interesting initiative taking place in France. A book called “The new power of Internet users” (or “Le nouveau pouvoir des internautes”) has been recently published. It deals with the impact of the Web and other connecting technologies on society and politics. What is most interesting is that the book was first released online before being available in bookshops. More than 2,000 people have already downloaded it for free. To top it all, the whole text is available on a wiki inviting people to modify and complement the book and even write a new chapter. This project was launched on April, 24th and will continue for 80 days. After this journey “Around the book in 80 days”, a new edition of the book will be published, provided there are enough contributions. All the benefits from the sales of the physical book will be given to various associations aiming at bridging the digital divide, including the Wikimedia Foundation.

Cooperatics is proud to be a partner of this project.

The wiki:

More information (in French):

I’ll do it, but not alone

April 3, 2006

Many times, we want to join a cause, start a new adventure, create a business but we think that it is too difficult to do it alone. How and where to find the right partners to work on a project ? The Pledgebank brings an answer. On this Web site, you can commit to do something providing other people (you decide how many) commit too. This seems to be a clever way to gather good wills.

You can check out: the Pledgebank.

Via Smartmobs.