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It’s not much of a secret – more something that General Motors would prefer to keep buried among the piles of crushed metal in breakers yards in California, but back in the 1990s car makers in California were forced to produce electric cars. They weren’t exactly aggressively marketed, and most of the cars were available… » read more

A tribute to François Vassart and Rudyard Kipligng out of a few reflections on “the world’s most dangerous idea”, Transhumanism In his 2002 book “Our Posthuman Future” and in a 2004 Foreign Policy magazine article, political economist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama designates Transhumanism the “world’s most dangerous idea” because he believes that it may undermine… » read more

The energy challenge is of direct concern to the whole planet. People with growing power of influence are becoming directly involved. Here are some undeniable facts.  In demography, by the middle of this century the population of the Globe will be close to ten billion; an increase of more than 60%. The per capita wealth… » read more

 This work is in the Public Domain. I wrote this in January 2003 to try to describe the kinds of things you would see at a Social Computer building (a Civil Sandbox). The name Prototype comes from the name of the event we were proposing to explore the Social Computer. Please bear in mind that… » read more

Keeping Society in Limbo

Keeping society in limbo K. P. Vlahodimos, 12 October 2008 Somebody has finally to explain the underlying issues of this financial crisis and ensuing clouds of severe recession for the benefit of non-economist specialists. People have had enough of jargon and cloudy lofty statements keeping society in limbo. I am writing this note as an… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/p__tQFLsN-Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “I really like the idea that you can have an environment in which you can test technologies, products and see feedback and see a lot of things happen. You could see a lot of new things get developed, and innovations. Almost like… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain.  This was the first document I wrote that people started to see what I was trying to do. It was finished in October 2002, before the ist2002 brainstorm document Social (Network, People, Community) Computing (System, Process, Result) The Social Computer is a potentially revolutionary thematic arts research project.… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/Nxq4q1UCvKM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2002, Mathew Lowry was website manager for IST 2002. I think, although he was a science journalist for many years, this was the first time he was interviewed. I shouldn’t say interview because we talked most of the time haha.

This work is in the Public Domain.  “A building, that is reprogrammable, that has custom functions that are decided upon by the citizens, that incorporates the newest experimental social technologies to explore the fringes of our imaginations into where civilisation should be going. Then, imagine one in every city. Imagine that each one has a… » read more

Aspects of Google are pretty popular in Germany; the latest comScore data indicates, for example, that it’s cornered 79.8 percent of the country’s search market.  Google Street View is being looked at in a different light, however, and may hit a show-stopping barrier in the town of Molfsee. Reinhold Harwart, the leader of the Christian… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. I was trying to describe a science for the concept of Societal Computing. I realised that Social Computing didn’t really cover the high-level stuff like redesigning the processes that make a society function. Again, a lot of thought and a lot of talk, but not much action. My… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/d6z-Tc1Kd_8″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “Even though it has the agenda of promoting R&D, the European Union, the companies and all that, thats at one level the level that people would see is just a hip and happening place, would be nice to go to there and… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/pcx_XjHRoYM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Aladdin  Ayesh and Karina discuss ideas of how to use a Social Computer in terms of intelligent buildings and usage of congnitive technologies. They are looking at what we could use the building to help the citizens deal with civil decisions. Some… » read more

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