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digital cartographers, narrative realization. image workers & pixel [re]searchers. emographers. memetic mappers. space cadets. polytopians.
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    The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in...

    A series of rambles by SpaceCollective members sharing sudden insights and moments of clarity. Rambling is a time-proven way of thinking out loud,...

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    Catching up with the future. All major institutions in the world today are grappling to come to terms with the internet. The entertainment...
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Having participated in the development of the Polytopia Project since its outset here on SpaceCollective, my primary focus and passion has been to make inroads into conceptualizing, innovating and developing the tools/interfaces/utlities/system architectures that facilitate and contribute to the emergence of a polytopian mind habitat.

    Together with Gavin Keech (@gavinkeech), Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth), Brendan Howley (@brendanhowley) and our selfs (@notthisbody), we have formed an entity called ThinkState - a creative innovation consultancy that is building UBIQUID.US - values-driven creative tools for the collaborative economy.

    With awareness of inspiration stemming from the Polytopia Project within all of us involved, we wish to publish the statement below, contributed to be each of us, assembled based on our shared affinities and values.

    The intention is that this statement can be hacked, examined, ripped apart, adopted, adapted by any and all who find use for it - so that perhaps we can define a kind of mutual commitment statement suited to a Polytopian perspective.

    These core characteristics and principles are strongly inspired from the Polytopia presentation and map that were created in November 2010.

    As well, I would like to thank and credit Spaceweaver, whose text I have taken the liberty of adapting under the heading "How we desire to be free".

    We welcome any and all who would like to join the conversation around these affinities.

    Fluid Fractal Organism - Participation and Fusion
    from Entanglement Personas/Metaconstructs by @gavinkeech

    The below text also exists at for live, collaborative editing.


    THIS STATEMENT is made this _______ day of ______, 2011, to set forth the stated intention of [entities involved] to continue in a collaborative and cooperative fluid fractal organism (FFO) - for profit and social benefit around their common affinities.

    This letter sets forth the vision statement and key characteristics under which the entities of the FFO intend to develop a partnership agreement and act from a business perspective.

    Key Characteristics

    Key characteristics of the ThinkState FFO include:

    [entities involved] will endeavor to cooperate with one another to develop aesthetic interfaces and utilities that
    • transition and evolve current socio-economic models
    • lead to the emergence of collaborative marketplaces
    • co-create value through the leveraging of affinities around shared narratives
    • monetize that value through ethical re-sale and incentivization of personal data
    • volumize and visualize that data via immersive technologies
    • enhance emergent properties and multiplicity
    • contribute and reciprocate with the open-source community
    • ...create a ground of engagement for entities to interact and nourish one another: the coordinating layer of both the web of our strategic partnerships and the web itself

    Guiding Principles

    The principles of the cooperative relationship are:
    • All initiatives will be tested towards their potential to mutually and reciprocally enhance entities
    • By all means practicable, all initiatives will strengthen co-emergent interests
    • An ambience of partner cooperation will allow for mutually agreed-upon concurrent agendas
    • Critical decisions will be undertaken in an ambience of openness and directed dialogue
    • All value co-creation will be undertaken in an ambience of transparency
    • These principles we place before personalities.

    How we desire to be free

    Technology offers the possibility of analyzing and directing the mental processes involved in computing our choices towards an optimized state of freedom.

    By developing interfaces and utilities, we might find greater degrees of personal and collaborative freedom not only by means of increased computing resources and information access, but also by upgrading the very way we compute.

    If we gain sufficient understanding of how mental processes arise, we can begin to devise general methods of ridding them from unnecessary redundancies and increasing their aesthetic and creative qualities.

    This is our mission: to utilize the sciences of the mind, providing us with powerful insights and tools to help us optimize individual and collaborative freedoms.


    When we no longer feel we share common affinities, we must arrange to fluidly be able to move past that block to continue with the affinities that we do still have in common, if we so desire.

    Concurrent agendas are possible by transparent best practices, which in turn respect the vision that we have set forward.

    No longer sharing specific affinities does not render collaboration mutually exclusive.

    A recognition of these characteristics and principles is the bedrock of our collaboration: we will, each of us, make best efforts to continue to evolve those characteristics and principles, guided by balancing what is best for all of us against what is best for our company.

    Entire Understanding

    This Statement contains the mutual understanding between the sentient entities with respect to its subject matter and supersedes any prior understandings and agreements between them with respect thereto.






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    infosynaesthesia & memetabiosis :: biological. neurological and physical :: science and art merge, as the embodiment platform...

    ...a grounds of engagement to extend from; water to organism...environment, shape, then to sky ...

    ..looping in on itself where the holographic state becomes the foundation for extension.

    Daito Manabe and Ei Wada performing at Transmediale 2011

    Laser Face Projection

    Scorelight, a laser-based artificial synesthesia instrument

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    #Inforhythms are an experiment in aural representations of annotations or metadata of information. In collaboration with Gabe Noel of Vosotros (which by the way has some great music, all licensed Creative Commons, we have started initial experiments of assigning tonal values to specific sets of metadata.

    See picture big HERE
    Download audio HERE

    We have started by assigning aural information to the elements of IEML (information economy meta language). IEML is a representational language created by Pierre Levy (@plevy) that can act as a coordinating language between multiple ontologies. It is a system to represent and express facets of our subjectively experienced, unique worldview. Since it is meant to be understood by a computer (and is expressed in a notational syntax), the core elements combine exponentially and opens the possibility (theoretically at this stage) to compute the semantic distance between meanings.

    We are at the beginning of our explorations into #inforhythms – a potentially retooling of our auditory perception through the creation of aural metadata representational systems, with the intent to create usable AR (or #aurec) interfaces that allow us to perceive, experience and interact with the multiple auras of metadata always surrounding us. This in turn opens up one vector of telesynaesthetic language.

    More to come soon.
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    I had the pleasure to meet several other polytopians in the flesh recently at the TransVision 2010 conference in Milan. It was both an excuse to get together after working for so long on the net, as well as a chance to suss out current ideas, attitude, approaches and thought happening in the transhumanist community.

    Although we were not initially going to present, after the first day we felt that the Polytopia Project fills a void of sorts...a ground of engagement for all the ideas, initiatives, visions, predictions and prophecies that were spoken about there - a common ground of mutual respect.

    We created a map, over the next two days, and gardened it until we felt comfortable with a distilled presentation of some of the fundamentals of what we agreed a polytopia(s) to be.

    This map can be seen as continually evolving - as the conversation continues to grow around these concepts we will be modifying and adding in more layers to the map, including multiple aesthetic representations of the content.

    The presentation below is the same content as the map above. Best viewed in fullscreen.

    Polytopia - Our Mind Habitat in the Infoverse

    Content: wildcat, spaceweaver, starwalker and notthisbody
    Mapping: notthisbody

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    Plug n' play.

    Content —> Form (structure) —> Aesthetics —> Meaning —> Intention alignment —> Action potential —> Self-organizing intention realization —> rinse. repeat. rinse. repeat.

    identifying emergence GEN002 / form: @notthisbody / icon design: @gavinkeech / CC-BY-SA

    Memetic Computing covers the general aspects of population-based problem-solving methods that are enhanced with some form of cultural-analog mechanism. For instance, Memetic Computing involves also software ecology. That is, studies of the enormous number of software projects are shedding light on how software development takes place and the many social and technical issues related to this fundamental XXI century activity. Related emerging trends that also fall squarely within the remit of Memetic Computing are search based software engineering including the very latest trends on software self-healing, self-assembly and self-management. Memetic Computing is thus an emergent discipline that seeks to distil principles derived both from nature and human societies (i.e. memes and self-organizing mechanisms) as to bring forth the creation of so called Living Technology. The main areas of scientific interest covered by Living Technology, and upon which Memetic Computing would have in near future a definite impact, is the interface between nano-bio-technology and information technology with the ultimate aim of creating new, novel production systems with the properties of self-organization, self-assembly, evolution, learning and, more generally, adaptive complexity. It is also essential to remark that Memetic Computing is also having an impact far beyond technical systems. For example, policy makers and businesses are using memetic strategies (previously called viral marketing) to influence public opinion and deliver effective change at a massive scale through the harnessing and leveraging of memetic concepts operating from small, perhaps unnoticeable, interactions. That is, Memetic computing is playing a key role in the design of bottom-up strategies for the achievement of large societal and technological changes. In this scenario, memetic simulations play a key role in the modeling of strategies and their potential outcomes. - The Emergent Technologies Task Force on Memetic Computing

    a possible process - MA GEN002 / form: @notthisbody / icon design: @gavinkeech / CC-BY-SA

    what role does chaos play in this process? the existence of free radicals generates new trajectories. how can we design for chaordic emergent synchronicity?
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    Junto & beyond - further generations and explanations coming soon.

    also find full image HERE

    in collab with @venessamiemis & @gavinkeech
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    ...or that's what they call me.

    i remember an early example of AUREC - aura recognition (formerly referred to as augmented reality). it was called Add-Art - a firefox plugin (remember that?) that blocked all the adds on websites and replaced them with curated art, it changed every two weeks. i remember not seeing ads for years - the art worked is magic in its immersive native environment - it probably affected me more subconsciously than consciously. we saw in it possibility of freedom and control over our own experience of C(_)yberspace, unmediated by a purely economic interest.

    the big brands gave up on billboards and benevolently handed dominion over Default to the old school street artists and the smaller brands, while passing out contacts locked to branded layers to the people that couldn't afford the technology, with the money they saved on printing and renting billboard space. Why pay rent on a billboard when you could just as easily create a layer of reality, offer some value and watch the population grow, right?

    the fragile consensus reality, as predicted, did fracture, fractallize, into a multitude of collective realities. we didn't move quick enough. maybe we couldn't have moved quickly enough. the Brands did - creating unique layers of reality and incentivicing habitation - sweepstakes, gifts, contexts, services, affiliate systems, hard to turn those down - a huge fucking pyramid scheme, completely unregulated. fucking addictive. The more time you spend dialed into one reality, the more value you get in return. or so they make you think. some are walled gardens. some are exclusive and private - like those members only clubs in the airport, only for the big spenders - or the influential. not to say they aren't all bad - at the beginning there was some real creativity. But basically the message was, don't inhabit your own reality, inhabit ours. fucking tricked into thinking that you're active but its passivity all over again, bullshit Pavlovian model of freedom of action -a complete fucking unconscious subversion of the subjective experience. the population numbers of top layers are just as closely watched as the stock market. the most common of these layers follow the exact same model as in 2010 - providing a service to its inhabitants and offering them value in return, while auctioning your data and attention of to the highest bidder.

    I am a psychoterrorist, shifting the phase of the layers - blending, compositing - planting triggers - creating entrances and exits into alternative layers. This is my art. Triggers act as a virus encountering a host - a simple access command interaction with an every day object, and perception of the current layer is imperceptibly, or perceptibly, shifted. Sometimes we want to create a juxtaposition of layers, simply that. my colleagues, some are drawn to a simple addition of metadata to an everyday object - some do the same as the early street artists but paint with code. Some are satisfied with a simple prank, some with a statement, a simple but basic change to the virtual scenery, but the layer is quickly debugged. The more subtle the trigger, the better - users may not be even aware of the change at first. but the act of subverting one user's view of a collective reality within the context of networked vision and the collective view starts to get buggy as vision systems try to resolve the error. like a virus - the bug propagates itself as more views clash and collective networked vision deteriorates until the virus renders the host incapacitated. Then someone somewhere decides its time for a full system reload, but only at the worst case - the layer is not likely to gain back the population it had before after an attack.

    The breaking apart of a collective reality gets messy, sometimes. psychoterrorism is a considered a serious offence. the government has opened up state mental institutions again, more every day, research laboratories, case studies, experimental test facilities, to deal with the newest in brain diseases and conditions that come more as a consequence of schizophrenic branded realities than the actions of psychoterrorists (not to say there weren't some mistakes).

    I live in collage, dial in, drift out through networked visions, inhabit several layers and identities at once. my reality exists within the shifting perception and interaction with the multiple layers of metadata, simultaneously creating the hypersynapses between. with each migration, we grow stronger. this is the biggest banyan tree i've ever seen.

    there are still many who live in Default. but the barrier between the two, a line drawn in drifting sands. this membrane is permeable at its most solid. what i'm most afraid of is the bliss of ignorance.

    Am I the psychoterrorist? or are they?


    *images by Ishan of NotThisBody
    *part I of a yet unnamed series of posts
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    Citizen Kane -> aesthetics -> story -> reality -> perception -> senses -> information -> infocologies -> privacy -> Facebook -> data mining -> personal narratives -> human freedoms -> government control -> sur-, sous-veillance -> commodification of personal data -> data-mining personal and collective infocologies -> knowmadism

    (75:18 min, 192 kbps, mono mp3 – 51.7mb, DL it HERE)

    “that’s some pretty trippy shit, Mr. Ishan” – a student

    This is a lecture I gave on May 25th to a class of 14 year old high school freshman. For the last 4 months I’ve had the opportunity to teach three levels of Film courses in high school as a long term substitute, with about 100 students from 14-17 years old. In this time, I’ve asked them to take a closer look at the ongoing sophistication of our relationship with media as consumers and creators, and the roles of story in our identities and existence, individually and collectively – a conversation that is sorely lacking from the education of today’s youth.

    I see outdated paradigms worm their way through the plasticity of the minds, solidifying the worldview of these students and I know that its not too late. That if we have the conversation together, they are open, willing and able to reframe their understandings. These Millenials, these Digital Natives (of which I suppose I am one) have an inherent flexibility to adapt to new paradigms – we update ourselves with each new generation of technology that emerges, migrate social networks and services, and live a life of multi-linear existence – its native to our OS.

    But this multi-linear existence is being forced to inhabit an old paradigm of knowledge gathering, learning, and perception of the world around us that is propogated by the current system of education. It’s this dichotomy which kills the ”culture” – distractions reign. Since we’re not being told what changes technology brings to our models of reality, we tend to fall into a passive understanding of the world around us based on outdated consensual understandings.

    Yet – and the hope is strong – I’ve learned that if you can have the conversation with the youth – tell them something that breaks apart their conceptions and provides a basis on which to build them anew and embrace other points of view – …well, that’s all that you can do.

    We have to have the conversation when the youth is young. To implant ideas and concepts in their minds when they are still fresh, models of mind that allow the inherent plasticity of mind that comes with that youth to extend through our lives - that which so many who have lost that plasticity work so hard to overcome.I’ve had the luck to learn from these students during the process of sharing with them – its forced me to learn to communicate my own points of view simply and clearly; it’s deepened my understanding of the reality I’m living through with them. This is a thank you to all my students who have been open and willing to share with me.

    In my humble opinion, every teacher must learn to have this conversation with their students – to contextualize what they teach to students with the flow of knowledge and events surrounding us, in our daily existence – to learn how to learn with them, not to teach from a static information ecology, to embrace the fractured flow of information coming from each mind and mutually co-create the narratives our of existence.
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    ShiftShapers: an immediated autodocumentary

    I heard a quote from somewhere, forget where... "The baby boomer generation will be known more for what they do in their 60s than what they did in the 60s."

    Shiftshaping implies:

    (1) Sharing our individual experience, motivations, wisdom & vision
    (2) Consolidating individual wisdoms towards collective actions
    (3) Minds open to the evolution of ideas/approaches/methods
    (4) A willingness to share resources
    (5) A strong commitment to collaboration

    Licensed under:
    CC Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0

    *Extended discussions will be put up online over the next couple weeks.
    * thanks to Gabriel Shalom for discussions around Immediated Autodocumentary

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