Friday, June 15, 2007

Future of Media Video: Google Takes Over the World by 2050

Read/WriteWeb posted about an interesting video they titled the "Future of Media Video: Google Takes Over the World by 2050". As comments of that post mentioned, it also reminds me of the Epic video. But Epic had a different (more realistic?) scope: it didn't look further that 2015.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Who says we know - by Larry Sanger

In my Dutch newspaper, NRC, an interesting article about wikipedia mentioned an Edge essay by Larry Sanger: "Who says we know". The essay is long, but well-written and worth the read. I was surprised to run into the essay in the newspaper. Did I miss all the discussion about this essay? Or is everybody still thinking about it's contents?

Basically this essay questions the "epistemic egalitarianism" adagium of Wikipedia. Simply stated: everybody is equal, an expert is not more (knowledgable) than a non-expert, together we define what is true. Sanger's main critique is that "Wikipedia, places Truth in the service of Equality." And if he had to choose between the two he's "on the side of Truth". This does not imply that Sanger is against Wikipedia or that he doesn't see all the good Wikipedia has brought. But he'd like to see a more prominent, distinguished role for experts in Wikipedia.
I understand the point he's making. And, though I too am enthralled by the success of Wikipedia, I also wonder how Wikipedia will solve, for instance, the "edit wars", that Sanger also mentions. Don't we need a mediator/expert to end those wars? Or can we simply allow two definitions to one entry?
Another solution could be to get in between Sanger and Wikipedia. Every now and then we would let experts in Wikipedia and have them correct, extend, etc. the entries. After they've come in, we let "the rest of the world" in, etc. In this way we have expert and non-expert "waves".
Anyway, Sanger's essay teaches us, again, that the Web requires us to develop our judging skills. In the Internet era it's more important than ever before that we learn to look up different sources, compare, choose and finally judge, instead of simply copy-pasting.
The essay is reviewed by a couple of thoughtleaders (such as Leadbeater). Some agree with Sanger, some don't. I'm curious what Tapscott and Williams (authors of Wikinomics) think of this essay!


Update Aug. 5, 2011: also refer to Macrowikinomics, p. 362 about collectivism.

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Wow! I've posted about the interesting ways IBM is driving innovation and change behind the firewall. But they now use this model to go beyond the firewall. IBM launched an interesting initiative called ThinkPlace. Luis Suarez's post gives a good summary.
I registered and I'm! Really curious what it's implications are (and what IBM will do with all the ideas - are they all their's when you post them there?!).
Anyway, hopefully this inspires many more companies to open up to the world more explicitly.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Video: Wikis in Plain English | Common Craft - Social Design for the Web

On productivity sites such as Lifehacker I already bumped into a Commoncraft video about RSS. Wonderful video explaining RSS in the easiest way! Now they also have a video explaining wikis "in plain English". Enjoy!

Video: Wikis in Plain English | Common Craft - Social Design for the Web