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Rene Daalder
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    In response to Sjef et al.

    Commenting on Sjef’s rant about the mediocrity of some of SpaceCollective’s recent content Spaceweaver calls “most of human activity boring and pointless.” This apparent discontent with the current output on the site has started a discussion which prompted several of our core members to stir things up by reinforcing SpaceCollective’s ambition to fight rather than suffer the complacency of the world at large.

    I agree that recent posts have not been as thought-provoking as they have been in the past and I've also been wondering what to attribute that to. After all, the same cast of characters that made things happen here before is still around, and since the site is by invite only, every newly invited person is directly related to our founding members. It has crossed my mind that the waves of great posts we have experienced up to this point have been the result of new members pouring out their best stuff in the beginning, and then slacking off a bit. Let’s face it, all of us have only so much to say at a time and it is unrealistic to expect that someone will hit a nerve in the community every time out.

    This is why SpaceCollective strongly believes in the Projects that have been lingering but are now waiting to get organized. We are looking forward to Obvious’ Total Library book project, which was enthusiastically supported by Meika and others, and to the resurrection of Megan’s Internation project that has been very active in the past. Other good candidates are the Great Enhancement Debate for which Spaceweaver provided a solid foundation, and the respective language projects that Al and Wildcat seem to have been gearing up for, as well as Sjef's own inquiry into extrapolations of the past as a method for future prediction. As a matter of fact, an extraordinary amount of great content has been generated here in a very short time, dealing with Language, Consciousness, Space, the Singularity, the juxtaposition of Artifice and Nature, the intersection between Art and Science, the world’s future Archives, etc.

    The problem with a site that ventures out into so many directions at once rather than being narrowly focused, is that all these promising threads may end up being buried under a never ending stream of new posts. The trick to prevent ideas that could have significant traction from getting lost in a jumble of less relevant entries clearly lies in the organization of the information that's already there and then build upon it. Assuming that the most recent tools SpaceCollective has developed for this purpose are functioning as well as they should, the challenge now becomes how to harness all this content. Analogous to the majority of information that was put online by the people in the span of one short decade, SpaceCollective members have generated an extraordinary amount of valuable content in a matter of months. This includes cutting edge art and architecture projects conducted at major universities by some of the most talented professors and creative forces in their respective fields, like Greg Lynn, Casey Reas and Rebeca Mendez. These projects represent yet another wealth of information that will have to be better organized in terms of public exposure.

    As it happens, the internet as a whole is currently struggling with exactly these issues, and our joint efforts to come up with better ways to preserve and publicize the output of our fledgling think tank fits right in with several attempts by major players to organize the world’s information. One possible strategy we are investigating right now is to allow the site’s projects to exist as independent satellites of SpaceCollecive with independent URLs so that each of them may become a destination in its own right. Any suggestions that may be helpful with respect to the reorganization of the site's unique content will be greatly appreciated. Rather than being discouraged by a few less than stellar posts, this is the time to join forces and act upon our own auspicious beginnings so that the world will take notice of our collective resolve to forge ahead no matter the odds. The truth is, we’ve only just begun.

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         Wed, Mar 19, 2008  Permanent link
    I vote that you open-source this site.

    Fun fact: My first 5 posts on this site were written while I was in a small city called Talca in Chile where I was visiting family, in a sorta empty lot where a couple of territorial and feral dogs wanted to tear me apart (Eventually they'd screw off but then come back so we'd take turns), inside a burnt-out and crumbling abandoned building, because I could get a good wifi signal there. There wasn't really anything better for me to do with my time besides trying to converse with my family between a language barrier and/or getting drunk off of the ridiculously tasty and cheap liquor known as pisco (PS I don't drink much at all these days, it's an overrated substance for sure, so no worries about me being an alcoholic, k folks?). Back here in Canada, I'm busy trying to find work and chilling out with friends and that sort of stuff, but yeah, I am wasting a lot of time in between and during, so I'll definitely make a goal of living with way less dead time. It's starting to fuck with me if not the entire western world, and this post helped me realize that a bit further.
    monolith     Sat, Apr 5, 2008  Permanent link
    OK people - first a little reality slap: What do you want more? Theres been a TON of great posts, sure a lot of people fired their best ideas at start but a lot of people probably just can't find the time to write in this idiotic tempo we're all living in! And I'm sure a lot of us have families as myself and yearn to spend a little time left with them. Which brings me to my topic: time will tell. Don't worry about posts getting buried below the junk, in a year or two a new member will come along and point us towards some thinking streams we have forgotten. I'm just saying that this is my first post in a month or two and I haven't even come to the topics I want your help with, the AI to start with (my personal preoccupation). dmitridb, man, I love your posts being so huge but I even have trouble reading English for god's sake let alone writing it! People, you have started this "brain trust" less than a year ago and what you expect in such short time? Cure for cancer?
    rene     Sat, Apr 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Funny you should say that. I was just digging through some past posts in the context of the project Proposal for a New Society which was revived yesterday by Meika’s comment about Temporary Societies, and I came across your post on Virtual Democracy. At SpaceCollective we have been looking into possible solutions for some kind of meritocracy-based voting system which we might want to incorporate in the site and I was just thinking that I should invite you at some point to help start a project on that subject when your dispatch from the Republic of Serbia popped up. All of which goes to prove that the “streams of thinking” you refer to can indeed be resurrected at any given time, especially as we keep organizing the existing information into a living archive of ideas.

    rene     Sun, Apr 6, 2008  Permanent link
    I haven't even come to the topics I want [SpaceCollective's] help with, the AI (my personal preoccupation)

    Monolith, when do we get to hear more about that?


    monolith     Sun, Apr 6, 2008  Permanent link
    how do You people find so much time do do all this cool things?
    I must be damn lousy organized, basic survival takes up 3/4 of my time :D

    Monolith, when do we get to hear more about that?


    at first I thought just to drop - in ideas as they come into my head because it's all very philosophical still but I'm waiting for them to get into some coherent state because even on Serbian it would be hard to understand. But here's the cache:
    I have a similar problem as this site: I forget things, but unfortunately I can't wait a new member to come along and rumble trough my posts ;-)

     
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