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Michael Gaio (M, 49)
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Michael Gaio
HoloSys Labs
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Mythic Systems
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I'm an archetypal engineer : a 26th century cosmonaut in a 21st century "web designer's" body ... M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness studies (PCC) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
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    With new technology comes new possibilities to execute technique. If we look to the trend of advents in internet protocols, we see how particular innovations in the information technology domain resulted in tremendous transformative effects in social, economic, and political arenas. The TCP/IP protocol allowed for the identification of independent computers, and for the transfer of information between computers in the nodal network of the non-centralized global communications system (the internet we know today). HTTP brought us the hyperlink. SMTP brought us email. DNS ushered in the "World Wide Web", allowing every website to have a unique name (URL). There are many other protocols worth mentioning (such as XDI). Like the technical protocols that have come before, OpenSound Control (OSC) may lay the foundation for a new level of collective interaction in the realm of art, music, and multimedia.

    OpenSoundControl (OSC) is a protocol for communication among computers, sound synthesizers, and other multimedia devices that are optimized for modern networking technology. Bringing the benefits of modern networking technology to the world of electronic musical instruments, OSC's advantages include interoperability, accuracy, flexibility, and enhanced organization and documentation.


    OSC integrates within the set of other standard internet protocols.



    It appears that OSC is intended to supersede MIDI in multiple aspects. For one, OSC uses standard ethernet cable to transfer more information, with more flexibility and control of the types of information, with much less latency (operating at broadband speeds). Since it uses TCP/IP Ethernet, various types of data can be transfered and synchronized between an assortment of devices and applications, and more—such transfers can happen over any network, local or non-local—including the internet. This could make for some very interesting and novel capabilities in group multimedia collaboration, and in multimedia interaction with internet data and APIs (such as real-time multimedia data interpretations of collective processes).

    OSC is implemented with a wide arrangement of audio and multimedia creation software (such as CSound, Max/MSP, Quartz Composer, and Pure Data). There are also some interesting devices emerging that use the OSC protocol—such as the incredible multi-touch screen control interface, the Lemur, and an iPhone application.



    What is the extent of possibilities with this new technical protocol? Pierre Levy, in his principle work, Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace, speaks of the necessity of some type of new collective language:

    We are thus in the situation of a species whose members ... have not yet achieved the state of collective intelligence of the culture for lack of an articulated language. How do you invent a language that no one has spoken, for which there are no records, no examples, and when we lack even an idea of what such a language might be?


    My sense is that OSC is yet another key technical advent in the gradual crossing of the threshold into the realization of such a language, the awakening of collective consciousness, and the first coherent articulations of collective intelligence.

    Now we may begin to collectively utter the early instances of an "over-language". Such a language will not be on the same level as English, Chinese, or French. This meta-language, as a universal language of consilience, will transcend and include all preceding cultural contexts, and synthesize the diversity of our human strands. It will extend from our established media and data bases, yet somehow also surpass rational associations to the semiotic. It will engage us directly with an authentic immediacy and novelty that mimics the impulse of evolution itself. It will orient us, reflect our comprehension of ourselves, our reality, and our purpose in a type of synaesthesic hyper-poetry that continuously describes the nexus where each individual traverses the multitudinous terrain of collective being. It will arch like a rainbow across the noosphere, sprouting spontaneously upon the fresh and tender tongue of the collective psyche in astonishing response to sensing ourselves as a symphonic orchestration in participation with cosmic evolution.

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    Words themselves are becoming antiquated. Rarely enough do we even find an
    arrangement as worthy as these:

    Today, Homo sapiens is faced with a rapid modification of his environment, a transformation for which he is the involuntary collective agent. I am not implying that our species is threatened with extinction or that the “end of the world” is approaching. I am not preaching millenarianism. Rather, I would like to point out an alternative. Either we cross a new threshold, enter a new stage of hominization, by inventing some human attribute that is as essential as language but operates at a much higher level, or we continue to “communicate” through the media and think within the context of separate institutions, which contribute to the suffocation and division of intelligence. In the latter case we will no longer be confronted only by the problems of power and survival. But if we are committed to the process of collective intelligence, we will gradually create the technologies, sign systems, forms of social organization and regulation that enable us to think as a group, concentrate our intellectual and spiritual forces, and negotiate practical real-time solutions to the complex problems we must inevitably confront. We will gradually learn ... to collectively invent ourselves as a species.


    - From Pierre Levy's principle work Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace

    With the emergence of collective intelligence via the advents of the internet (web 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 etc), an augmentation of symbolic language can be realized within the unfolding of a collectively engineered medium and universally orchestrated message.

    (view my paper here: "Animations of the Internet: Collective Intelligence and Transformation of the Self in a Time of Global Crisis and Initiation")
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    This is a preliminary introduction to the Synesthetic MetaGlyph (SMG) series. SMG-003 is a geometric composite representation of three fundamental primary mythemes: the monomyth (the "hero's return" or "eternal return"), combined with the vertical and horizontal axis of the "axis mundi", and the "origin" (central point). Here, pure archetypal (and the corresponding mythical) conceptual notions are applied to direct geometric formulation by trigonometric function in space and time (motion). Associations to the Ouroboros and the torus are also evident.

    This SMG is a primary component in the construction of a paralanguage set for describing ontological and semantic interactive spaces.



    SMG-003 (click here for larger version)


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