Haman Centered Computing/Scenario Planning or Avoiding the Compuserve of Things

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Human Centric Computing/Scenario Planning of Avoiding the Compu Serve of things

Thursday 1G

Convener: Dave Sanford

Notes-taker(s): Matt Schutte

Tags for the session - technology discussed/ideas considered:

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:


This discussion was focused primarily on how to structure interactions in a system where the holders of digital resources make use of reputation histories to:

  1. assist them in determining who to interact with and how to engage them and
  2. to serve as an enforcement mechanism that enables members of the community to "have faith" that, in general, agreements will be held to while
  3. enabling members of the "digitally networked community" to disagree with one another on virtually any topic, including whether a specific action should be interpreted as an inappropriate violation of privacy or of an agreement or an acceptable deviation from the text of that agreement and enable them to nonetheless leverage one another's insights to make their own navigation of the community and its resources easier and more relevant.

We also briefly explored "pen names" and the concept of expiration dates for data, but the majority of the group concluded rather quickly that we are very unlikely (in the future) to be able to rely on a "deleting of the data" and will instead have to handle issues of redemption and of forgetting histories by using social norms to establish and enforce policies surrounding such issues.

That drove us back to the larger discussion of how to exert such pressure while also enabling disobedience to such norms when they are willing to "wear the consequences" (and enabling the larger community to adapt to such disobedience by strengthening the amount of reputation that they might require or by increasing the consequences for violating such norms).

If you are interested in working on mapping out these flows in greater detail or in actually building some of the underlying infrastructure to enable such "self-adapting social structures," please reach out to Matthew Schutte at: matt@caLabs.org