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 Technical Working Paper - InterMix API7 comments
category picture7 Mar 2004 @ 21:54
A previous article, A New Heaven, has an overview of the voice of humanity (voh) concept.

InterMix is middleware; it can be thought of as an "engine" or black box whose working details can be ignored. The Application Programming Interface, or API describes exactly how programmers can connect their applications to the InterMix engine in order to participate in the voh network. This is where we begin to bring the concept down to earth and it has to be done right. Our goal is to keep the interface simple enough that web scripters, of whom there are millions, will feel comfortable using it. As you will see, this article is very much a rough draft.  More >

 Progress Report - Dimensions4 comments
picture22 Feb 2004 @ 18:38
A previous article, A New Heaven, has an overview of the voice of humanity concept.

Plans are very nearly complete; the next article, coming soon, will detail the awaited InterMix interface. This article covers "dimensions" -- a final element needed to complete the voh design. (Image can be found in startling full size detail at www.math.toronto.edu/gif/polytope.gif.)  More >

 A New Heaven24 comments
picture2 Jan 2004 @ 20:31
At this point, the plans for a voice of humanity are sketched out and time has come to begin coding. Fact is, though, a combination of the flu and the holidays has slowed me down and I'm finding it hard to switch over from the 2 percent inspiration stage to the 98 percent perspiration long haul, so I've decided to recap what has been developed so far before settling down to work.  More >

 Continuing Chandler/AntWeb Discussion35 comments
picture9 Dec 2003 @ 11:31
Following up on the comments of the previous article, I have just posted my conclusions to the Chandler Design list. See the December Archives of the Design list for previous postings under the heading "Thoughts on a Browser Parcel". If the Open Software Foundation people respond positively to the idea of including Mozilla in the Chandler distribution, then perhaps Mitch Kapor's idea of a Mozilla toolbar could be made to work. Otherwise, we will go with our "Personal Portal" idea.  More >

 The Annotated Web30 comments
picture28 Nov 2003 @ 14:44
The voice of humanity network will be implemented first as the "annotated web", that is, as a community created stigmergic overlay of the web. The AntWeb is entered through portal pages, one portal page for each participating web community. Having entered through the portal, every link traversed by the membership is logged as the members browse the web. Facilities will be available to rate web pages and to add notes and keywords as members browse along. The links followed and the ratings given will be used to mark links as popular or unpopular for the others who might visit the same site – provided they have entered through the same portal, of course. The notes will likewise be accessible to those who come by later, and the keywords can be used in a lookup facility on the portal page to jump straight to items that are "funny" or "curious" or "delightful" etc. It should be fun. (See the MetaWeb Article for a previous take on the Annotated Web concept.) For example, take the Blogger’s Parliament...  More >

 Chandler and Mitch Kapor8 comments
picture20 Nov 2003 @ 19:14
Mitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation is building a personal information manager (PIM) called Chandler which InterMix is likely to adopt as a user interface. Here's a good transcript of a Chandler discussion with Q&A.  More >

 Roger Eaton's Collection of Solutions17 comments
picture12 Nov 2003 @ 18:27
Natalie d'Arbeloff and her friend Augustine have kicked off the Bloggers Parliament, a search through the web for solutions. It looks like fun to me and it is related to the voice of humanity concept so I have joined in to see where the Parliament takes us.  More >

 The Academic Document Retrieval Scene4 comments
picture9 Nov 2003 @ 12:36
Two or three principal finds plus the sheer fun of words have made the search through academia worthwhile.  More >

 Personal Stuff: Roger the Roman10 comments
picture3 Nov 2003 @ 21:04
Upon the advice of my PR person (;-), I am adding an occasional Personal Page. This may be a mistake. I advise if you see "Personal Stuff" in the title, you might want to skip the entire article.  More >

 News Bulletin – Atom for Wikis is Percolating7 comments
category picture31 Oct 2003 @ 10:57
How great would it be if your news-aggregator could also pull in the latest changes from your favorite wikis? The idea is to develop the atom api in such a way that it can be used for wikis as well. The main source for this story is the Atom Wiki. An important sidelight can be found in a comment posted on the net and in the Atom mailing list by Ken MacLeod: ”Is Atom becoming too tightly bound?” -- it is possible that atom will end up so specialized for blogs that it can't handle wikis. This story needs watching since it relates to the portal pages that the voh metaweb will be using.  More >

 Peter Small's Stigmergic Systems Site9 comments
picture30 Oct 2003 @ 14:23
This is the first of a series of Link Reviews, short descriptions of websites and weblog entries that relate to the voice of humanity project.

Stigmergy is coordination via changes to the environment. For instance, ants leave trails that have a meaning to other ants. Like maybe, "here I am leaving this trail coming home with a nice chunk of hotdog bun; check it out!" As more ants follow up, the trail becomes stronger, attracting yet more followers. Simple local rules for the individual add up to complex social behavior. One application to the web is in the way links add up in Google's PageRank algorithm. Every web link is another human ant strengthening the trail. Joe Gregorio has a blog article along these lines. But Peter Small, at his Stigmergic Systems site, has another idea.  More >

 Blogosphere Review and the MetaWeb Concept15 comments
category picture26 Oct 2003 @ 15:14
This article is an overview of the blogosphere by a newcomer bringing a fresh eye to the scene -- the result of my researches how best to implement the voice of humanity vohP2P middleware program in a blog-friendly way. I am taking ming's comments about making blog metadata available through an interface seriously. The technoblogerati will want more than a metadata interface, though, before they are seriously interested, so it was delightful to stumble on an idea that really might get the voh project moving. I call it the MetaWeb; it is a simple, highly extensible idea for building a peer-to-peer web on top of the web, implementing among other things, the instant blogroll by category and the stigmergic ant trail in a big way - see too this article.  More >

 Competing with Google5 comments
category picture5 Oct 2003 @ 16:06
This article explores how we might add an intelligent search capability to the global voice of humanity (voh) network. As I was writing the article I kept noticing I was writing "we". "The point is that eventually we can out-google google." And so forth. I hope that ming will apply his usual good sense to the article and then, if I can get past that test, the next articles will A) begin to probe the internet world for possible collaborators, to make the "we" real, and B) begin to establish the API's for the voh software.  More >

 The Delicate Question of Money11 comments
category picture5 Sep 2003 @ 15:03
A voice of humanity will need funding to establish a global presence, and fairly large scale funding, at that. Without money or the prospect of money behind the project, we might get the software to a usable stage, and then stall in actually developing the network. Afterall, no small amount of computer resources and human support will be needed to make the network go.  More >

 Handling Collective Messages8 comments
category picture4 Sep 2003 @ 13:28
The basic elements for a global database, as laid out in a previous article, are hubs, participants, items, categories, ratings, linkages and linkage rules. In order to handle collective messages we will also need perspectives, groups, addresses, thresholds, listener groups and dialogue cycles.
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 News: James Moore's Second Superpower Article2 comments
category picture31 Aug 2003 @ 09:35
An good article - worth a look.

From The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head by James Moore

"Overall, what can be said for the prospects of the second superpower? With its mind enhanced by Internet connective tissue, and international law as a venue to work with others for progressive action, the second superpower is starting to demonstrate its potential. But there is much to do. How do we assure that it continues to gain in strength? And at least as important, how do we continue to develop the mind of the second superpower, so that it maximizes wisdom and goodwill? The future, as they say, is in our hands. We need to join together to help the second superpower, itself, grow stronger." -- James Moore  More >

 How to Build a Voice of Humanity on the Web - the short version8 comments
category picture28 Aug 2003 @ 19:34

Underlying a voice of humanity there must be a globally distributed database -- this article is about the overall operation and structure of that database. A separate article will deal with how we build the voice of humanity on top of the database.  More >

 A Voice of Humanity on the Web7 comments
category picture21 Aug 2003 @ 12:49
Putting aside the practical questions just for the moment, let's say a voice of humanity really is doable and we go ahead and it works. What should we expect?
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 Marketing InterMix6 comments
category picture17 Aug 2003 @ 11:03
Ming's comment at the bottom of a previous post made me realize the need for an InterMix marketing strategy. Much as we might wish it were otherwise, a marketing strategy is a must for any project to get off the ground.  More >

 News - BitTorrent - important breakthrough for P2P4 comments
category picture10 Aug 2003 @ 10:08
News to me, that is. BitTorrent from Bram Cohen has been out there for well over a year. Written in Python, open source. BitTorrent allows a new item to be distributed rapidly throughout a huge network from an underpowered server. It works by putting all the downloaders to work uploading to each other. The magic is in keeping track of it all under p2p drop-in/drop-out conditions. It works. It is simple for the users. See the Bit Conjurer homepage. And here is an interesting article about the Python coding techniques behind BitTorrent.

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 InterMix Middleware Writeup from Dec, 20024 comments
category picture9 Aug 2003 @ 17:12
Written before I discovered JXTA, this writeup is still the most comprehensive document for the InterMix distributed database. Collective Communication is not mentioned, but the design is such as to underpin a global scale voice of humanity.  More >

 RDF, the Semantic Web and InterMix5 comments
category picture7 Aug 2003 @ 21:07
RDF and the Semantic Web are an intriguing development, built right on the same street where we are clearing a plot for InterMix. Investigating the Semantic Web led me to Chandler which looks even more promising.
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 scalable collaborative filtering network (SCFN)4 comments
category picture31 Jul 2003 @ 19:49
Two articles on the (tongue in cheek) SCFN from 1998. Tho, come to think of it, the concept is right on!  More >

 Publish and Subscribe Details1 comment
category picture31 Jul 2003 @ 18:04
A very early article from 1997 beginning to think about how to create a bottom up system that would work globally.

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 User Keywords1 comment
category picture31 Jul 2003 @ 17:51
An idea not to lose sight of. We allow the user to assign "user keywords" to themselves. These keywords are to be user-descriptive. They are a special "user" type of keyword. Whenever a user authors a message, all the user's user-keywords are put on the message. User keywords are kept in a list on the user page.  More >

 Arab/Jewish Email Dialogue - an example of collective communication4 comments
category picture31 Jul 2003 @ 15:05
The following October 2001 article describes the plan for an Arab / Jewish email dialogue. The dialogue did take place on a small scale. Results were good but under the impact of growing violence in the Middle East did not lead anywhere -- see http://nonviolenceworks.com/MiddleEast. Go to Original.
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 my vision for collaboration on the internet1 comment
category picture30 Jul 2003 @ 10:57
Here is an article from Dec 1999 describing the need for a collaborative database as the underpinning for a global humanitarian effort. Go to original.  More >

 Developing a Protocol for a Gobally Distributed InterMix Database2 comments
category picture29 Jul 2003 @ 20:06
Here's another old article, with a more technical bent. Already it is somewhat out of date -- for instance, JXTA will replace SOAP as the basis for inter-nodal communication. But there are a couple very important ideas here. For one, that of using a manual scaffold on which an automatic network can be constructed. This is a key idea. The database intelligence will depend heavily on the many manually applied individual linkages. And the notion of using bottom up methods to create useful hierarchies is another key idea.

March 10, 2001 Go to original.  More >

 Tricking the Nations into Peace4 comments
picture27 Jul 2003 @ 14:07
The following article was originally posted in the sharingLA database on Oct 12, 2001. go to original

InterMix has been designed to implement a philosophy of “unity-and-diversity” in the political realm on a world scale. In other words, InterMix is meant to create a common global human consciousness while simultaneously strengthening the nations, religions, parties and all the other divisions of humanity.  More >

 InterMix Open Source Community Software for the Web1 comment
category picture26 Jul 2003 @ 11:34

InterMix is designed to build a dramatic global community of collective voices on the web capped by the collective voice of humanity. From the welter of exchange between the nations and the cities, the religions and the sexes, the political parties and the strands of academic thought, the voice of humanity will arise as the protector of the individual and the court of appeal for the great disputes of the age.

Groups vote to elect messages. That is the simple idea.

Collective communication is the key to the new civilization we seek. There are caveats of course and they need to be examined thoroughly, but the main point to grasp is that when the whole world speaks, people will both listen and know that everyone else is listening. Thought and action on every level will be reconditioned by a common global consciousness.

On the technical side, the InterMix design is only roughed out. There is something of a prototype – see http://sharingLA.org – but a full redesign using the latest open source facilities is needed to go global with a bottom up approach that is consistent with the open global society we envision.

This WebLog will detail progress in design and implementation, beginning with a series of articles written over the past decade.  More >

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InterMix Voice of Humanity Software: a collective messaging system. dotNet, C# and SQLserver, alas!

Previous entries
  • Web Annotation Discussion online

  • 2004-03-07
  • Technical Working Paper - InterMix API

  • 2004-02-22
  • Progress Report - Dimensions

  • 2004-01-02
  • A New Heaven

  • 2003-12-09
  • Continuing Chandler/AntWeb Discussion

  • 2003-11-28
  • The Annotated Web

  • 2003-11-20
  • Chandler and Mitch Kapor

  • 2003-11-12
  • Roger Eaton's Collection of Solutions

  • 2003-11-09
  • The Academic Document Retrieval Scene

  • 2003-11-03
  • Personal Stuff: Roger the Roman

  • 2003-10-31
  • News Bulletin – Atom for Wikis is Percolating

  • 2003-10-30
  • Peter Small's Stigmergic Systems Site

  • 2003-10-26
  • Blogosphere Review and the MetaWeb Concept

  • 2003-10-05
  • Competing with Google

  • 2003-09-05
  • The Delicate Question of Money

  • 2003-09-04
  • Handling Collective Messages

  • 2003-08-31
  • News: James Moore's Second Superpower Article

  • 2003-08-28
  • How to Build a Voice of Humanity on the Web - the short version

  • 2003-08-21
  • A Voice of Humanity on the Web

  • 2003-08-17
  • Marketing InterMix

  • 2003-08-10
  • News - BitTorrent - important breakthrough for P2P

  • 2003-08-09
  • InterMix Middleware Writeup from Dec, 2002

  • 2003-08-07
  • RDF, the Semantic Web and InterMix

  • 2003-07-31
  • scalable collaborative filtering network (SCFN)
  • Publish and Subscribe Details
  • User Keywords
  • Arab/Jewish Email Dialogue - an example of collective communication

  • 2003-07-30
  • my vision for collaboration on the internet

  • 2003-07-29
  • Developing a Protocol for a Gobally Distributed InterMix Database

  • 2003-07-27
  • Tricking the Nations into Peace

  • 2003-07-26
  • InterMix Open Source Community Software for the Web

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