Published Date 3/17/16 6:05 PM
Climate change and our basic environment are running away with our future. The technology network that could help to save us is splintering. We are fucked, the open web, the thing all progressive geeks build on has plateaued and is visible fading.
A project to play a small role.
It’s about stupidly simple and naively open it’s an original open Internet Project.
Lest we forget the original Internet was people creating pages linking to people created pages this is what the world wide web is. Networking human beings creating communities using technology.
If you make this too complex to start with you miss the point it’s about people and communities facilitated by technology it’s not about technology facilitating people and communities.
The difference might seem small but it’s important as it’s the difference between the original Internet and the intranets that grew up and dominated before the open human powered web swept them away.
Geeks not knowing what they have been doing have been destroying this web of humanity and replacing it with a web of machines clever but inhuman.
If you want to reboot a human Internet it needs to be human first rather than machine first. There is a real challenge for geeks to understand this as it flows against their mindset. CP Snows two cultures is still dominant a strong but invisible flow.
If we are to reboot the open web, we need to put human beings activity, community and empowerment at the root. The counter intuitive is to get humans to do more, not less, as we find the basic satisfaction in life by actively creating the world we live in.
The wiki, the blog, the link, the website.
Don’t look down on simple
Put people to work doing something they find meaningful, algorithms can stand in the way as much as they can help here.
All community is based on “open standards” that are widely shared. It’s the sharing that makes a standard.
Care for the soil as everything to do with the life world comes from it. To move this forward we need to nurture and create the soil of the open internet. All the high tech seeds you are in love with are falling on barren soil.
To nurture this, one stream would be a human powered semantic web that is based on already widely shared “standards”.
Many streams, nature loves diversity and simplistic often pushes over complex.
The OMN is a spring, a stream, a river.
The Base idea works with media items (posts) , sites (community’s), people (identity).
It digs history and memory deeply into the network without extra work or much thought (through widely distributed redundant data)
At each stage it empowers the individual, the community and fundamentally horizontalists this empowerment.
Geeks can of course build streams of complex from this common soil.
Just as the original web did it is a stream to expand the commons. From its flow life can grow, such a simple project could help save us all.
And build a world based on linked semantic data.
Build simple, build trust, the is power in open.