3 01, 2018

Collaborability, as is wealth, is not evenly spread

2018-01-03T14:22:20+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Collaborability, Exchange, Specialization|

Specializing in tasks makes the members of the group more dependent on each other while being able to create better chances to survive and enhance living conditions as a group [...]

3 01, 2018

Collaboration sets humans apart from other species

2018-01-13T10:26:10+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Collaborability, Homo Collaborans|

“Man can be distinguished from animals by consciousness, religion or anything else you like. They themselves begin to distinguish themselves from animals as soon as they begin to produce their [...]

31 12, 2017

Evolution: Competition, symbiosis and collaboration

2018-01-13T10:36:33+00:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Collaborability, Competition, Evolution|

Darwinian Evolution is popularly seen as a relentless and continuous struggle between individuals and between species. Competing for scarce resources, at the expense of others, is regarded as the eternal [...]

31 12, 2017

Collaboration is fundamental to evolution

2017-12-31T12:16:44+00:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Adaptability, Collaborability, Evolution, Homo Collaborans|

Sexual reproduction creates new individuals that are all slightly different from each other allowing for the adaptation and resilience of the species to changing circumstances. Imperative to sexual reproduction is [...]

26 06, 2015

Language as a “social technology”

2016-11-16T10:46:28+00:00June 26th, 2015|Categories: Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Language, Marketplaces, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Via Flipboard I read an article “Why we speak” from Mark Pagel writing for the The Atlantic on the crucial role of language in our ability to trade. It offers [...]

19 02, 2015

“Collective learning” fits collaborability nicely

2016-11-16T10:46:30+00:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Adaptability, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Evolution, Human Abilities, Language, Mega Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

I have been very quiet as of late on my pet subject “collaborability”, unfortunately. The subject asks for a serious amount of prolonged and heightened concentration to get back into [...]

3 01, 2015

A new year; a new cycle!

2016-11-16T10:46:31+00:00January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Collaborability, Photos, Standardisation|Tags: , |

Calendars are amongst mankind's most important standardizations. Taken totally for granted by most it allows us to place events on a commonly used and harmonized timeline. As a mechanism of collaboration [...]

3 06, 2014

A great talk on the development of the commercial internet

2016-11-16T10:46:32+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Against the tide, Below the surface, Externalities, Interdependency, Mega Trends, Society|Tags: , , , , , |

Various themes are combined by Maciej Ceglowski into a thoughtful, though bleak, talk on the development of the commercial internet: "The Internet with a human face" delivered at the Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference

28 05, 2014

Tearing down the tower of Babel

2016-11-16T10:46:33+00:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: Collaborability, Human Abilities, Individuals, Language|Tags: |

I have always wondered when the moment would come that I could pick up a phone and speak in my mother-tongue that would instantly translate into Mandarin Chinese while emulating my own voice and vice versa! Microsoft demoed a Skype call translating a conversation form German to English and back in real time.

23 04, 2014

Philosophy to the rescue!

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Evolution|Tags: , , , , , |

I merely have been investigating the mechanisms at work that enable us to collaborate - and allowing us to cater for increased complexity and efficiency in our collaborations - and now suddenly I found myself taking a moral utilitarian position! What the hack!

16 04, 2014

My take on human mental (in)abilities

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Adaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Decision Making, Human Abilities, Human Nature, Individuals, My take on humans, Psychology, Sociology, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Human nature and our abilities are intertwined with collaborability. My statements about them are scattered all over Red Planet Dust. I wondered if a consistent image would arise when I would collect my statements.

9 04, 2014

Individuals resist factual information that threatens their defining values

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 9th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Government, Human Abilities, Human Nature, Individuals, Psychology, Society, Sociology|Tags: , , , |

Very read worthy article by VOX's Ezra Klein about Yale Law professor Dan Kahan c.s. doing research to answer "Why isn’t good evidence more effective in resolving political debates?"

31 03, 2014

Why to worry even more about service throttling by Google then Facebook

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Companies, Externalities, Human Nature, Opinion, Society, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Search is basic to the Internet and to be considered a utility function. Without „search” no find. "Degraded links" are hurting society as a whole and should be banned.

11 03, 2014

„Is technology governing us or are we governing technology?”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 11th, 2014|Categories: Adaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Circumstances, Collaborability, Decision Making, Evolution, Homo Collaborans, Human Abilities, Mega Trends, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

„Is our political system capable of managing rapid technological change?” When pressed I would be tempted to answer the question with a resounding YES! for I see abundant evidence around me we have done so very successfully. Actually it is one of the core abilities we humans have to adapt to changing conditions.

5 03, 2014

Will the „middle man” disappear?

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 5th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Electronic Wallet, Interdependency, Marketplaces, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The removal of the middle man function in an exchange based on the bitcoin protocol does not automatically lead to the disappearance of the companies (and their interests) performing these today. The middle man function will slowly but surely erode with the advent of the bitcoin protocol, the middle man of today (parties) will be the gate(way)keepers of tomorrow.

26 02, 2014

Wolfram Language introduced by Stephen himself

2015-02-04T08:39:38+00:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: Collaborability, Language, Standardisation|Tags: , , |

Wolfram language, as the engine/lanquage driving WolframAlpha, has become a very powerful coding environment indeed. It is not available yet but the introduction by Stephen Wolfram is mouth watering... I [...]

26 02, 2014

Transfer of property rights: „Payment Myopia”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Payments, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many years ago in a contribution to a corporate strategy I postulated payments should be redefined to the “transfer of property rights”. At that time smart metering for utilities and [...]

25 02, 2014

Different Scalability in Different Circumstances

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Circumstances, Collaborability, Mega Trends, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our societies and economies are impacted heavily by technological change, they always have been. While some technologies - like the bitcoin protocol - allow for smaller economic actors to be relatively more economically viable then before other developments go in different directions.

17 02, 2014

Trust is key for cryptocurrencies

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 17th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Collaborability, Human Abilities, Next Payments, Trust, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The acceptance of Bitcoin protocol currencies and Ripple like networks is dependent on trust even if trust is said not to be necessary for the value to be transferred between two actors. Neglecting this will hamper adoption of the Bitcoin protocol by the masses.

16 02, 2014

Bitcoin: It’s the platform, not the currency, stupid! – The Next Web

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 16th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Collaborability, Competition, Decision Making, Marketplaces, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

(1 minute reading time + 15+ minutes external article) As with Marc Andreessen's article "Why bitcoin matters" from three weeks ago I can recommend an other landmark article on crypto [...]

10 02, 2014

Apple bigger threat to Bitcoin then Russia, China and India?

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 10th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Bitcoin, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Electronic Wallet, Externalities, Next Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often antitrust is connected to behaviour in the disadvantage of competitors – and hence the dis-economies this brings for consumers – we should have a wider perspective at the (potential) negative impact companies have on society. Slowly but surely we should start looking at the disadvantages to society’s ability to collaborate as well.