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Zacharias Efraimidis 3/12/2016
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Unlike the Enlightenment, where progress was analytic and came from taking things apart, progress in the Age of Entanglement is synthetic and comes from putting things together. Instead of classifying organisms, we construct them. Instead of discovering new worlds, we create them. And our process of creation is very different. Think of the canonical image of collaboration during the Enlightenment: fifty-five white men in powdered wigs sitting in a Philadelphia room, writing the rules of the American Constitution. Contrast that with an image of the global collaboration that constructed the Wikipedia, an interconnected document that is too large and too rapidly changing for any single contributor to even read.
Think of the canonical image of collaboration during the Enlightenment: fifty-five white men in powdered wigs sitting in a Philadelphia room, writing the rules of the American Constitution. Contrast that with an image of the global collaboration that constructed the Wikipedia, an interconnected document that is too large and too rapidly changing for any single contributor to even read.
Reading this makes me think of a Global Constitution, i.e. a collaboratively constructed set of rules.
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Jon Henrich 4/28/2016
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Private. Collaborators only.
I think that brings about the excellent point: things become too large for any single contributor to even read, which brings about Design as Participation.
To paraphrase Henry Rollins, “I don’t think we can do it, but I think you can do it.”
Let’s not think of a Global Constitution as the order, but rather your participation here, and my participation here, and another’s participation elsewhere as the new order.