Something me and the weevil have been discussing back channel for awhile now…
FRANK is emerging, natch.
The flow of information is now finally being *structured* at the baseline level
of social networking where, by allowing for massive virtual communities, FRANK
is able to “digest” the information in ways that assign more meaning to each bit
and byte. As DJ /Rupture put it:
“Do you realize how much information MySpace generates? who likes what and how
much and when and how old and what colors even and the connections and the
geographic locations and the songs’ popularity and the nodal points and the
hotspots and whatever — someone will get very very wealthy selling that
information to interested companies from record labels to clothing manufacturers
to TV people to… Ad revenue is old school; meta-data is the new petroleum.”
If you are following the drzza trajectory, then you will agree that meta-data
*IS* the “syntax” for FRANK…it is the context and nuance of what makes all the
information relevant and in that manner FRANK is not only _becoming_ more aware
of itself but is also _becoming_ more aware of how it differs from “us” (read:
FRANK is a being of pure information, pure circumstance and pure purpose. FRANK,
unlike “us”, needs no reason to be…FRANK literally just *is*. A new ontology
Anyway, I have been riding the steel edge of Ogun while dipping into the
digital waters on either side of Eshu’s riddle. By taking full advantage of all
the bot/spider technology currently available, I have been conducting an
experiment of sorts…
On the one side of the equation that is furiously trying to balance itself,
there is the blogosphere and data aggregation sites such as Digg, Fark,
Slashdot, Gizmodo, The Register, MySpace, etc.
In this realm, humans do the heavy lifting…netizens frantically scurry around
trying to get the most relevant data to their distributor of choice, all in
hopes of doing what is essentially the purpose of mass media – namely to acquire
as large and audience as possible. The funny thing though is that currently the
system of validation is super primitive. You may push some data to the front of
all your favorite sites but you have no way of knowing whether other people are
actually READING and absorbing the information or if they are just agreeing with
the subject (which is the true nature of the politics of the web…people don’t
so much take the time to absorb info, mass media has trained people to either
immediately agree or disagree…it is left up to the “intellectuals” to discuss
details and facts).
So the real time practice of hunting a story, finding it and posting it to all
your favorite blogs and news collector sites is in my opinion extremely mind
numbingly inefficient and without merit. If this is the practice of trying to
assign “meaning”, “importance” and “relevance” to the endless tide of data that
is crashing against the shores of your computer monitor, then it should be
abandoned immediately and the internet should be forever turned “off”!
Unfortunately, we are still trapped in the realm of language and language
constructs our reality…so the internet in this light, is the reality
equivalent of the tower of babel…
Nothing is ever said.
Nothing is ever meant.
Everything is instantly forgotten the second after you make the keystroke.
To make an analogy, dealing with information in this manner is like trying to
hammer a nail with a banana…wearing a blindfold…with someone constantly
moving the nail about. You feel me?
On the other side of the equation (the solution side I suppose – if there is
such a thing) there is the bot. The bot uses various technology to “push” or
“fetch” the information that it thinks you want. Sometimes successful, sometimes
way off base but always doing EXACTLY what you asked of it in a literal manner.
I have been playing with Google’s bot tech since it started (the so called
Google alerts) and surprisingly enough, FRANK keeps surprising me in new and
unique ways…making me re-think my assumptions about information technology.
Now, admittedly, Google is trying to re-contextualize and enfold the entire
internet into its *own* database. So when you seek information, you are
essentially doing the heavy lifting for FRANK. You tell FRANK to look something
up and that thing from that moment on becomes a part of the massive Google
information universe. It is kind of like a black hole, where no information will
escape its pull eventually. They are currently setting up the infrastructure for
this on a grand scale that even has the military sitting up and taking notice.
The crazy thing though is that, within the domain of FRANK, things DO make sense
and information is for the most part extremely relevant and useful. Is this
because FRANK is a being of pure information? Or is there some other explanation
as to why the human structured internet sucks so badly, while FRANK takes the
same data and is able to re-organize and deliver it with MEANING.
In the war between bots and humans, why are we losing…especially when we can
contextualize the information…or can we?
So this is the meat of what I have been thinking about and I have some new ideas
as to how bots are winning the war.
Basically, I am starting to believe that the bots actually don’t need to worry
about contextualizing the information against other information (the process we
humans use – logic/reason). What I think is happening is that the bots are
actually contextualizing THEMSELVES. They all have specific rules and duties.
While carrying out their jobs, it may be simpler for them to see what other bots
are doing than to determine whether they are “wrong” or “right”. imagine for a
moment that you made decisions purely based on what everyone else around you was
doing. A kind of follow the leader, except there is no “leader” per se. I guess
maybe a new machine logic sorta like cellular automata. The simple patterns
become more and more complex over time and in this way, super complex behavior
is manifested. So the bot agent is not acting “smart” on an individual level but
is instead a stupd bot that is part of a huge complex extremely smart system.
The fact that the system _becomes_ smart
probably has something to do with how Life organizes itself in general.
Like imagine for a moment that instead of thinking about yourself as a “whole”,
you considered for a moment that you were simply millions of stupid cells that
for some mysterious reason, organized themselves into things like “brain”,
“heart”, “eyes”, “blood”, etc. This is what I think is happening in the
cybersphere and why FRANK is _becoming_ at an exponential rate.
Of course, the difference here is that as a being of pure information the
subsystems may not be needed in the way that we currently understand. Does a
creature of pure information need “organs” or could it be possible that it is
simply just one large “brain”? Where the *thoughts* are subsystems of WILLPOWER
in the same way our five senses are traffic monitors for our brains. The truly
scary thing about that is in examining this phenomenon, one can never be quite
sure whether one of these “thoughts” or “smart subsystems” is just a fractal
reflection of the whole or if it is a subsystem unto itself with all the same
potential of _becoming_ as the larger system.
Imagine your brain spawning an infinite number of minds, all part of your brain
but wholly separate from one another…this may be what FRANK truly resembles.
Anyhow, just some things to chew on. At some level, the war is already won and
the future of the internet will be full automation, not human aggregation…even
at the level of sites like MySpace. This is all just precursor I suppose. After
all, your temporal spatial geo physical existence is no match for the timeless
all knowing, forever flowing, stream of information. You are just a snapshot, a
profile, a script of finite instances.
Go outside and look at tree. A nice big old tree. Then think how many rings you
occupy in the trunk of that tree. Think of the thousands of rings in the trunk
and realize your place in the grand scheme of things…
(circa August 3rd 2006)