Categorized as: Social Dynamics

Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2

 

“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head to headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas – he’s the controller – and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land.” – Nobel-Laureate Richard Feynman, from his 1974 commencement address to the graduating class of Cal …

First World Crypto, Third World Liberty

 

“When you look at 19th century America or 18th and 16th century Europe, all of a sudden it’ll become clearer that … the thing that broke the back of poverty and privilege in developed countries in the past was when property rights came around and destroyed feudal title. Now, two-thirds of the world’s population – four billion people – are locked out of the capitalist system. It’s important to let them in.”Hernando De Solo Polar, author of The Mystery Of Capital

It’s become a well-known Internet cliché to compare first world problems to third world problems

It’s a sign of the times that global perspective has found its way as much into our humor, as it has our social commentary. Through our networks, we hear moment-to-moment …

Evolving By Network

 

“But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, Is wetter water, slimier slime! And there, they trust, there swimmeth One Who swam ere rivers were begun, Immense, of fishy form and mind, Squamous, omnipotent, and kind.” Rupert Brooke, Heaven

When embarking into unfamiliar territory, the wise and prudent will prefer to consult those who have gone before

So, if networks had been put to use for billions of years before humans “invented” them, wouldn’t it be foolish not to seek guidance from their creator?

It isn’t a rhetorical question…

Nature’s Network Architects

Research into the behavior of Slime molds has raised questions about the real nature of intelligence. (See: How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence – Scientific American). Despite lacking a central nervous system, their methods are …

Crossroads And Closure

 

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

In light of recent happenings, this topic has been moved ahead of schedule.

Sometimes, we have to work hard to overcome the initial distastefulness of ideas, to get to the inspiration that comes from understanding and accepting them. It may help to keep that in mind here.

The Rooms You’ll Never Stay In

Hotels and airports are the crossroads of the modern world. These places find us at times of transition in our lives; We pass through them on the way from one …

Pyramids, Networks, And The Emergent Weapons Of Cyber War

 

“Cyber war is like Carl Sandburg’s fog; it comes on little cat feet, and it’s hardly noticed. That’s its greatest potential.” – John Arquilla

The 21st Century’s most important paradigm shift (See: Pyramids & Emergent Networks) is already underway. Though the full impact may not be felt for decades, some industries have already been forced to adapt.

How does one anticipate the impact of a Game Changer in progress?

Start at the tip of the spear

Fighting A Digital War Across The Globe

In late 2008, the Internet’s regulatory agencies and network security communities encountered an enemy they were not prepared to fight. Though disaster was …

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