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Eric and I were invited to present Ceptr on the monthly MIT/KIT webinar for emerging Internet technologies. April 2015
29 Nov 2014

Building Meaning through Semantic Alternation

in Ceptr, Design Principles, Meaning, Semantics, Structure

In designing Ceptr we’ve discovered a pattern in how systems build meaning. It’s likely that someone else has already written about this, but we haven’t found it, so we don’t know what anyone else calls it. We’re calling it Semantic Alternation.

Something has meaning or significance in a particular context. This object (a physical structure) is footstool when in front of the easy chair, a table when holding the chess board between two chairs, and when we’re low on seating for an event and put it at the end of the dining table, it’s a chair. (See more pictures below)

Meaning is not fixed and independent; it is fluid and bound to a context.

26 Nov 2014

Ceptr Design: Receptive Capacity Breakthrough

in Ceptr, Design, Language, Receptive Capacity

[This is an excerpt from the current draft of the Ceptr Revelation that I want to reference in other blog posts.]
 

Connectivity Blue painting from UniversalUV.comOne of our big breakthroughs in our system design came when we were looking at how to maximize composability. In contrast to our foray into XGFL, we wanted it to be easy for everything to be functionally mashed together.

We were talking about language and how amazingly composable it is. How, from a traditional computer science perspective of starting with ontological units, the conversation we were having was all constructed out of a couple dozen phonemes, which we used to construct word parts, and in turn constructed words, then phrases, then sentences, then narratives.

This way of thinking seems completely valid – even obvious. However, in another way, it is also completely wrong.

23 Nov 2014

What I’m Learning from Publishing Daily

in Ceptr, Productivity Hacks, Reflections, Writing

News Update

  1. I rarely get something written, edited and posted before the last half-hour of the day.  The deadline really works for me. It also means I pretty much have to make sure I have a good block of time available between 10pm and midnight every night. That sometimes works, but I don’t think I’m committed to having my permanent life schedule revolve around it.
     
  2. The commitment to publish daily has sometimes compromised the quality of what I publish. I put some things out half-baked. I don’t get “credit” for writing I do that doesn’t get published. (Although, it is sometimes a head-start for another day.)
     
  3. I generally like having written… even if I often avoid writing in advance.
14 Nov 2014

I am a Strange Loop. You’re a Strange Loop. Wouldn’t Ceptr likely be Strange Loop too?

in Ceptr, Evolution, Feedback Loops, Paradox, Patterns

Douglas Hofstadter, in Godel, Escher, Bach and I am a Strange Loop, weaves a pretty compelling tail of how mind and consciousness emerge from self-referential systems configured in a kind of “strange loop.”  Our consciousness or possibly all consciousness may emerge from this sort of feedback loop with strange interplay between levels.

From a very early point in our MetaCurrency work we identified an underlying pattern of co-emergence and co-creation that seems make for very interesting bootstrapping dynamics – the ability for complexity to emerge from simplicity. In our internal shorthand, we refer to this as “two hands writing” in reference to M.C. Escher’s vivid illustration of this principle.

11 Nov 2014

Arriving to Where you Love (Freedom vs. Agency)

in Agency, Ceptr, Collective Intelligence, Decentralization, Freedom, Social DNA

A friend was trying to engage me in a political discussion. This hadn't particularly gone well between us in the past, so I was wading in a bit reluctantly. 

I forget exactly what I said that provoked this response in him, maybe discussing some policy currently in consideration by the legislature, and he blurted: “Don’t you see? Less government is better government! Every law they make impinges on my freedom! That’s just how it works! That’s how it always works! The very nature of a law is a kind of restriction, so the fewer we have, the better off we are.”

I said: “I think you and I see freedom very differently. I can see why you say that any law restricts your freedom, but there are times that restricting freedom actually increases our agency. And what I’m committed to is maximizing agency, not freedom.”

10 Nov 2014

A Scattered Conglomeration

in Agile Learning Centers, Ceptr, Writing

I actually spent a fair amount of time today writing, and don't really have much of a new blog entry to show for it. What I do have to share is:

05 Nov 2014

A Thought Experiment

in Ceptr, Currency, DNA, Evolution, Language, Living Systems, Social DNA

Imagine an intelligent alien species with such powerful skills of telepathy that they have no concept of language. They experience instantaneous knowledge of each other’s mental and emotional states just by shifting their attention to another of their kind. How would this alien perceive a meeting session of Parliament, Congress or the United Nations?