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Recipes from the Mashup Cookbook

Cookbooks are a tradition in software and mashups are all the rage today, so I couldn’t resist starting a mashup cookbook. But, before I show some of my recipes and what I have in the oven, I thought I’d explain the role mashups and social production play in solving a problem too hard and too expensive to solve under conditions controlled by corporations or the government. An issue we face today is producing a sufficiently complex mirrror world to match the needs of an information society.

Signs of the Singularity and Why Chris Anderson and Nicholas Carr Won’t Make the Next Cut

I noticed a similarity recently in posts from Chris Anderson and Nicholas Carr. Over the past few months both of these widely read authors published a thought provoking post that calls into question humanity’s stewardship of knowledge in today’s 2.0 world. And each post contains signs of the singularity. Read on brave traveler, but don’t forget to bring your towel !

Anderson, in The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete, postulates a world of technological utopianism without realism.

Science of Consciousness Road Trip

I’m just back from Tucson, AZ where I spent the last few days at the 2008 Science of Consciousness conference. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) which is part of the University of Arizona Medical School. CCS presents itself as promoting open, rigorous discussion of all phenomena related to conscious experience.