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Cooperative Frameworks

In the book Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky explores the profound impact that the loosely structured group has on society.  The ease at which these groups, free of managerial frameworks, can be formed today is rapidly changing the institutional landscape.

In 2006, a woman named Ivanna left her phone in the back of a New York City cab.  She asked her friend, Evan Guttman to offer a reward for its return by e-mailing a message that would show up on the phone.  Eventually, Evan set up a website about the missing phone which prompted several significant events: Continue reading

Catalysts of Modern Computing

The modern computer, capable of handling countless operations as well as various forms of “new media,” has come a long way, owing much of its progress to three distinct developmental drivers.  In this post I hope to touch upon the key points within each of these drivers.

1. Boolean logic and physical form

DeLanda begins his story of the development of computing with a look at the “abstract machine,” an idea that allows us to begin to transfer the power of the human mind to physical machine.  An “abstract machine,” he explains, is self driven and powered by the differences of the mechanisms that run it.  These machines are essentially powered by the flow of energy between two combined entities that existed in different states. Continue reading