The rise of the multilinear existence
Mon, Jan 11, 2010
Wildcat and klaitner, thank you for your insightful comments and questions. Thanks for all of you who have had time to read this brief collection of my thoughts considering the multilinear existence.
I see a self as an ever-changing and virtual "center of a narrative gravity". As thus the self can be seen as an entirely abstract entity which is not located (or even tied) into any specific organ or neural structure of an individual, or any other connected natural or artificial structure or system.
In my interpretation, the self becomes aware of itself through a conscious introspective dialogue that has both personal and collective, internal and external consequences and manifestations.
An unprecedented amount of traceable personal narratives - created, generated, modified and shared both by the individual as well as others - are "preserved" in digital environments. An individual, as a self-aware interpreter can access her personal narratives and thus she 1) will be able to process and affect them, 2) connect her personal narratives to a larger whole and 3) use the multilinear narratives for the benefit of herself as well as her environment.
In the process, an individual becomes conscious of the various instances of her existence. An individual, a self, as a social construction, can thus become an active nexus of the multilinear narratives that are attached or somehow connected to herself.
: We generate and create an accumulative amount of qualitative and quantitative personal data. Our life patterns are digitized. Due to their digital format these personal life patterns can be accessed, processed, analyzed and interpreted in an unprecedented manner. This creates a possibility to process and analyze personal patterns (as a system) as a part of a larger social, cultural, political, economical and ecological whole (other systems). Through the analysis of rich personal digital patterns and related systems (e.g. an individual's social sphere) it becomes possible to create personal future narratives or simulations.
Naturally, the analysis, interpretation and extrapolation of contextualized human behavior requires very sophisticated algorithms and data models. But as our understanding of the qualities and characteristics of digitized life patterns evolve, we will be able to develop such algorithms and digital instruments. Currently, I'm researching this specific domain and I hope to be able to share my insights and results in the near future.
In my following post(s), I will continue to develop my ideas considering multilinear existence as I will focus on the processes of self-expression and self-reflection enhanced and intensified by the digital presence/existence and our emerging multilinear existence.