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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by rzkl kng tagged emergence

But where do you draw the line? When we make a phone call from one location rather than another, we don't think we are contributing our location, but our phone is quietly doing so nonetheless. When we make a credit-card purchase, we don't think we are contributing, but software at the bank, the merchant, and our personal finance application is listening to that credit card reader. When we turn on a light switch in a Smart-grid connected house, we won't think we are contributing, but we will be. And the refrigerator waking up and deciding to turn on its compressor will be making exactly the same kind of contribution. The Smart Grid is in fact intended to be just such a sensing-and-responding system, connecting people and machines into a new kind of super-organism.

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A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots.

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In the terms of the study, promiscuous frienders are not literally sleeping around — they are just willing to call people friends even when they aren't necessarily intimate.

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"In all this the idea was to use an open, democratic process to create a document about social software, especially weblogs, and democracy. There are two ways to look at this. First, as publishing. Second, weblogs are conversations. There’s a lot of cal

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