…who are we, what it is we are really protecting, and what it is that we want to create and achieve. This — our grand narrative, our identity — is where this dialogue needs to go. It is where we will find both resilience and strength.
Then the real question. Does the Insurgency and the Red Religion represent a stable attractor in the 21st Century. Can it form a collective intelligence that is able to select-against and out-compete all comers. If so, what does this look like? My sense is that this is ultimately a highly unstable state. While tribalism (nationalism) can be very potent in the short term, it is ultimately a deeply unsta…
From my perspective, then, the resolution of Culture War 2.0, and the broader War for Collective Intelligence, settles into a simple choice. We either endeavor to make sense and choices on the basis of our existing cultural toolkit and, ultimately, battle into self-extinguishing chaos as lived reality accelerates beyond the bounds of those tools. Or we listen to our deepest humanness and allow ourselves to become sensitive to creative liminality. From here (and, I propose, only from here) we are capable of a coherent collective intelligence that is fully adequate to the novelty and magnitude of our present reality.
…t this precisely the kind of data set that you would need to train a deep learning AI on something? Are we in the process of producing a mechanism whereby anyone who wanted to (and had access to the right portion of the available information) could train an AI to weaponize civil conflict?
… culture war, the new war is the brawl between memetic tribes for the soul of America and the West. We define a culture war as a memetic war to determine what the social facts are at the core of a given society, or alternatively, to determine society’s boundaries of the sacred and the profane. Political arguments have become indistinguishable from moral arguments, and one cannot challenge pol…
…the 21st Century (the Internet), we don’t have to look too closely to see how very different it is. Television is like a waking dream. A hyper-version of fantastic imagination. And while the Internet is more than capable of pumping out fantasy, it does so in a context that includes a very different capacity: memory. Lots of memory.
We are witnessing a major transition. This bodes ill for the entire set of power structures that were designed to control the minds and institutions of the broadcast era. A lot of dirty laundry is going to be aired. And most of the old engines of consensus and control are going to drop into obsolescence.
These “self-organizing collective intelligences” (SOCI), are a new kind of socio-cultural phenomenon that is beginning to emerge in the niche created by the Internet. They involve attractive generator functions dropped into the hive mind that gather attention, use that attention to build more capacity and then grow into something progressively real and self-sustaining.
Do Facebook and YouTube constitute quasi-governmental actors that should be held to constitutional standards when regulating their vast marketplaces of ideas? Mr Tribe says that under current law, they aren’t. But he worries that if these “hugely influential…
cti…heories. It’s not even that there were foreign influence operations polluting our social platforms. The biggest problem, as I see it, is that when there are multiple operations on the same platforms, with similar goals, and similar tactics, the math behind the algorithmic news feeds causes each of these operations to magnify the effects of the others.