Jaron Lanier: El hombre que apagó internet


Es uno de los padres de la realidad virtual, se hartó de lo que él mismo ayudó a crear y escribió un libro. En No somos computadoras, dice que la web se convirtió en una criatura sobrehumana.

Es uno de los padres de la realidad virtual, se hartó de lo que él mismo ayudó a crear y escribió un libro. En No somos computadoras, dice que la web se convirtió en una criatura sobrehumana.

Por Federico Kukso
@fedkukso 

Nadie quiere a Jaron Lanier. Quizá sea por sus rastas (o dreadlocks, como les gusta decir a los seguidores del movimiento rastafari). O por su prepotencia neoyorquina. O, tal vez, por la costumbre de tocar el laúd árabe (el oud) a altas horas de la noche. Nadie lo quiere porque este músico y programador pionero de la cultura digital, aquel que parió casi literalmente la realidad virtual en los 80, hace aquello que no abunda en Silicon Valley: piensa (más allá de los negocios y del número de seguidores en Twitter), critica, cuestiona. Y, al hacerlo, enoja. Mucho.

Eterno inconformista, este hombre de ego tan gigante como su cuerpo -y nombrado el año pasado por la revista Time como una de las personas más influyentes en el mundo- no se deja encandilar por los espejitos de colores producidos en masa por esta industria tecnológica. No se babea ni se excita sexualmente ante el anuncio de un nuevo iPhone o iPad. Más bien se indigna, casi al punto de volverse verde y desgarrarse la ropa como Hulk, frente a lo que sus ojos ven desfilar por el monitor y por el mundo: muchedumbres aturdidas que ya no actúan como individuos, millones de palabras picadas por lectores perezosos, atomizadas, remezcladas y tergiversadas como fragmentos de una nube que no vemos ni tocamos.Insultos anónimos y comentarios maliciosos que van y vienen en sitios de noticias, la promoción de una ideología que niega el misterio de la experiencia, la ilusión temporal de que se puede crear dinero de la nada y sin correr riesgos, o grandes estallidos de violencia organizada como el ciberbullying.

Tal es su bronca, su desilusión ante lo que terminó siendo internet ( “ha picado tan fina la red de individuos hasta transformarlos en puré”, dice) >>>>>   Leer más “Jaron Lanier: El hombre que apagó internet”

10.10.10 and 01.01.01 Good readings !!

And You Can read today 10/10/10:

Modernizers, preservationists and Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Adam Thierer wrote a terrific post today exploring his theme optimists and pessimists major ongoing Comparing Internet. Has he written a very interesting series of posts Assessing the arguments of the pessimists That Think That the impact of the Internet on society is Generally bad (eg Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier), and the optimists think That That the Internet is transformational , and positive (eg, Clay Shirky, Kevin Kelly, all the guys Cluetrain Manifesto).

How to fight the confirmation bias by Jorge Barba

Aha! you got an idea and you want to add the research to know if you’re idea has wings. You set up google alerts, hashtags on twitter about related topics, follow people in the know, join related groups on Linkedin, etc.. .. You know the drill!

The future of open innovation by Oliver Gassmann, Ellen Enkel & Henry Chesbrough via @ ralph_ohr

Institutional openness is becoming Increasingly popular in practice and academia: open innovation, open R & D, and open business models. This special issue builds on the concepts, underlying Assumptions and Implications discussed in two previous R & D Management Special Issue (2006, 2009).

The Power Of Storytelling by chrisbrogan via @ Ariegoldshlager

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
-Robert McKee


Por jabaldaia
http://abaldaia.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/10-10-10-and-01-01-01-good-readings/

In 01/01/2001

Welcome to the 2001 Weblog Awards™. I’m Nikolai Nolan, and I’ll be your host for this month.

The Bloggies ™ are publicly-chosen Weblog Awards Given to Those related to writers and weblogs in 30 categories. And not much more introduction is necessary. Here are the rules:

Best article or essay about weblogs

What the Hell Is a Weblog? And why leave me alone Will not They? By Derek M. Powazek

I fell in love with the web to long time in August It entered my bloodstream Like a virus, took root, and changed my life forever. And, Almost Immediately, the virus spread to HAD.

I made piles of homepages, the oldest of Which are lost forever in the digital ether. I did my college thesis online. I got a job in the biz. I started with lofty goals vague projects like “doing it right.” I cared too much.

And You Can read today 10/10/10:

Modernizers, preservationists and Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Adam Thierer wrote a terrific post today exploring his theme optimists and pessimists major ongoing Comparing Internet. Has he written a very interesting series of posts Assessing the arguments of the pessimists That Think That the impact of the Internet on society is Generally bad (eg Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier), and the optimists think That That the Internet is transformational , and positive (eg, Clay Shirky, Kevin Kelly, all the guys Cluetrain Manifesto).

How to fight the confirmation bias by Jorge Barba

Aha! you got an idea and you want to add the research to know if you’re idea has wings. You set up google alerts, hashtags on twitter about related topics, follow people in the know, join related groups on Linkedin, etc.. .. You know the drill!

The future of open innovation by Oliver Gassmann, Ellen Enkel & Henry Chesbrough via @ ralph_ohr

Institutional openness is becoming Increasingly popular in practice and academia: open innovation, open R & D, and open business models. This special issue builds on the concepts, underlying Assumptions and Implications discussed in two previous R & D Management Special Issue (2006, 2009).

The Power Of Storytelling by chrisbrogan via @ Ariegoldshlager

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
-Robert McKee Leer más “10.10.10 and 01.01.01 Good readings !!”

Modernizers, Preservationists and Innovation | By Tim Kastelle & John Steen

In contrast, the Modernizers embrace dynamism:

Dynamism, by contrast, requires ongoing leaps of faith since we must continuously embrace, or at least accept, the fundamental uncertainty of social / technological change. I love the scene at the end of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” [clip below] where Indy has to make the “leap of faith” and step out onto a walkway that doesn’t appear to be there at first. It’s a useful way of thinking about how we must sometimes approach life in the Digital Age.

Finally, he explains why he sides with the Modernizers:

It’s just amazing how fast disruptive innovation unfolds on the digital frontier. Again, no one knows what lies around the corner next. But if we were to adopt the “preservationist” mentality, we might never find out. We have to continue to be willing to take little leaps of faith each day. It’s vital that we embrace evolutionary dynamism and leave a broad sphere for continued experimentation by individuals and organizations alike…


By Tim Kastelle & John Steen
http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/10/modernizers-preservationists-and-innovation/

Adam Therrier wrote a terrific post today exploring his ongoing major theme comparing internet optimists and pessimists. He has written a series of very interesting posts assessing the arguments of the pessimists that think that the impact of the internet on society is generally bad (e.g. Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier), and the optimists that think that the internet is transformational, and positive (e.g. Clay Shirky, Kevin Kelly, all the Cluetrain Manifesto guys).

In today’s post, Therrier quotes some ideas from Rob Atkinson, who builds on Virginia Postrel’s ideas about dynamism and stasis. He describes the Preservationists this way:

From their perspective, evolutionary dynamism is undesirable precisely because we can’t preserve some of the things which they feel made that previous era great. That something could be a specific form of culture, a particular set of institutions, or any number of other things. The key point is: The don’t like the fact the technology is fundamentally disruptive and that is dislodges old norms and institutions. What is familiar is more comforting than that which is unknown or uncertain. That’s the security blanket that the stasis / preservationist mentality provides. Leer más “Modernizers, Preservationists and Innovation | By Tim Kastelle & John Steen”

Destrucción creadora o cómo la Web salvará al planeta

Donald Tapscott y Anthony Willliams no dejan lugar a dudas. En 2006, su texto Wikinomics (“Wikinomía) predijo el mismo tipo de cooperación masiva por la Red que también caracteriza al sistema operativo abierto Linux. Particularmente, su capacidad de modificar el ámbito de los negocios.

“Si eso suena ambicioso –señala el Financial Times, apóstol del cambio-, su nuevo libro, MacroWikinomics, les permite extrapolar cuanto se le ocurra y desarrollar un análisis por demás complejo. Salud, educación, energías limpias, transportes, medios, gobiernos… nada imposible de encarar si bastantes personas compatibles entre sí se conectan y comparten ideas, proyectos, etc., en la Web.

En este mundo feliz, que abarca estados nacionales, las instituciones viven sus últimos momentos y sólo aguardan ser reformadas desde adentro, por sus propios ciudadanos. Este lenguaje, no por casualidad, recuerda al de Nicholas Negroponte, un gurú social hoy algo olvidado. “Muchas soluciones a problemas como crisis en el seguro médico privado o el efecto invernadero ya existen alrededor de entidades convencionales y -postulan los autores- en los espacios colaborativos de la Web”.


¿Internet acabará con la civilización tal como se la conoce, o bien ofrece herramientas para mejorarla, o hace ambas cosas al mismo tiempo. Esta batalla retórica genera una serie de libros que aparece en vísperas de la segunda década del siglo XXI.

Por una parte, surgen apocalípticos como Nicholas Carr y Jaron Lanier, que advierten sobre el peligro de que todos se transformen en esclavos de la máquina, como los habitantes de Metrópolis (Fritz Lang, 1926). Por la otra, autores como Clay Shirky creen que, en la era de las redes, todo aquel que tenga una conexión a Internet contribuye al bienestar general.

Donald Tapscott y Anthony Willliams no dejan lugar a dudas. En 2006, su texto Wikinomics (“Wikinomía) predijo el mismo tipo de cooperación masiva por la Red que también caracteriza al sistema operativo abierto Linux. Particularmente, su capacidad de modificar el ámbito de los negocios.

“Si eso suena ambicioso –señala el Financial Times, apóstol del cambio-, su nuevo libro, MacroWikinomics, les permite extrapolar cuanto se le ocurra y desarrollar un análisis por demás complejo. Salud, educación, energías limpias, transportes, medios, gobiernos… nada imposible de encarar si bastantes personas compatibles entre sí se conectan y comparten ideas, proyectos, etc., en la Web.
Leer más “Destrucción creadora o cómo la Web salvará al planeta”

Personalized Google News – Will That be on the Test

By Michael Gray

For a moment, I’d like you to think back to high school. Remember how there was always that one kid who would raise their hand and ask the question “Will that be on the test?” Now, thanks to Personalized Google News, we have the answer.
… If Google News was limiting the news sources I read I never would have seen that article or had that idea …

Last week Google announced they will be bringing personalization to Google news. I have no love of Google’s personalized search, but I understand that Google thinks it gives them a POD (see point of differentiation). The problem with this personalization is that if you limit your news only to sources you agree with, you’re missing the whole picture. Like that annoying kid in high school, you’re so focused on passing the test and getting a good grade that you’re missing the bigger picture and the opportunity to think and learn.

Since I got the iPad, one of the things I’ve started doing again is reading the news via newspaper apps. They expose me to ideas and concepts that I wouldn’t see if I read only SEO blogs and forums. Hopefully they make me a more educated and well rounded person, but I know they allow me to be more creative: I take things I read and use them as starting points for the projects I am working on. For example, this article about the Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town car being discontinued gave me the inspiration to write a social article about the Prius and other “green” cars becoming taxis for an automotive website I work on. If Google News was LIMITING the news sources I read, I never would have seen that article or had that idea.
… by limiting your input you limit your perspective and your ability to better understand an issue …


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Michael Gray

By Michael Gray

For a moment, I’d like you to think back to high school. Remember how there was always that one kid who would raise their hand and ask the question “Will that be on the test?” Now, thanks to Personalized Google News, we have the answer.

… If Google News was limiting the news sources I read I never would have seen that article or had that idea …

Last week Google announced they will be bringing personalization to Google news.  I have no love of Google’s personalized search,  but I understand that Google thinks it gives them a POD (see point of differentiation). The problem with this personalization is that if you limit your news only to sources you agree with, you’re missing the whole picture. Like that annoying kid in high school, you’re so focused on passing the test and getting a good grade that you’re missing the bigger picture and the opportunity to think and learn.

Since I got the iPad, one of the things I’ve started doing again is reading the news via newspaper apps. They expose me to ideas and concepts that I wouldn’t see if I read only SEO blogs and forums. Hopefully they make me a more educated and well rounded person, but I know they allow me to be more creative: I take things I read and use them as starting points for the projects I am working on. For example, this article about the Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town car being discontinued gave me the inspiration to write a social article about the Prius and other “green” cars becoming taxis for an automotive website I work on. If Google News was LIMITING the news sources I read, I never would have seen that article or had that idea.

… by limiting your input you limit your perspective and your ability to better understand an issue … Leer más “Personalized Google News – Will That be on the Test”