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

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 [...]

31 05, 2015

The n=1 syndrome: How wrong I was on “vertical video”

2016-11-16T10:46:28+00:00May 31st, 2015|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Human Nature|Tags: , |

People video-ing with the smartphone held vertically? To me that was just plain stupid! It was just wrong to do it like that: “You are holding it wrong!” How could my own preference, my believe, have been so strong that I assumed all the others were doing it wrong?

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 [...]

5 01, 2015

Our human disposition is to be oblivious for biometric trails

2016-11-16T10:46:31+00:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Human Nature, My take on humans|Tags: , , |

(Part IV in a series on biometrics) We can recognize human faces and voices tremendously well. Even then, we regularly are making mistakes or are being deceived by our own [...]

15 12, 2014

Behavioral biometrics: “Is there still any place to hide?”

2016-11-16T10:46:31+00:00December 15th, 2014|Categories: Human Nature, Next Payments, Question of the day, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

(Part I in a series on behavioral biometrics) The various types of biometrics have been lingering above our networked societies as its continuous technological development promises secure, easy and cost [...]

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.

19 05, 2014

The fallacy of “Singularity”

2016-11-16T10:46:33+00:00May 19th, 2014|Categories: Human Abilities, My take on humans, Updated posts|Tags: |

Since Moore minted his law on the doubling of processor speed in a given time interval people have been wondering when a computer would equal the power of the human brain. This moment is often referred to as “singularity”. The idea computers will surpass us at moment t= “singularity” is a fallacy.

24 04, 2014

Miscommunication can be deadly

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 24th, 2014|Categories: Human Abilities, Psychology|Tags: , |

A guy is driving his Rolls Royce (!) down a nice lightly bending lane with cars parked on his side of the road somewhere in England. He notices a car parked a little further ahead preparing to drive away. To warn the other driver he flashes his big lights several times and to his terror he sees the car pulling up to the driving lane were he hits the car midway.

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.

25 03, 2014

„Has Google lowered my page rankings deliberately?”

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Externalities, Human Abilities, Psychology, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , , |

What if companies like Google, or banks, start throttling their services and pricing dependent on if you are positive or negative about them or if you accept their latest offering?

23 03, 2014

Technology, government and incongruous prophesies revisited

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Evolution, Human Abilities, Human Nature, Mega Trends, Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

By clicking a link in a interesting article by Techcrunch I stumbled upon "Our Comrade The Electron" - Webstock Conference Talk by Maciej Ceglowski. Excellent presentation, intriguing narrative and great observations on our relation with technology.

17 03, 2014

Evolution of currency predicts path (r)evolution of digital money

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Evolution, Government, Human Abilities, Next Payments, Payments, Society, Trust, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Walking to the office this morning it struck me that the evolution of (physical) currency in relation to payments could show us the long term development of digital money as well: step by step the currency has been developing until at a certain moment in time the transaction will be done directly between the payer and the payee.

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.

6 03, 2014

Bitcoin futurology: incongruous prophesies

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Mega Trends, Sociology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you think in terms of “ the creation of a world of plenty” or “the disappearance of the middle class” in both scenarios the distribution of the wealth available will have to be dealt with politically.

23 02, 2014

It is difficult to see the world around you neutrally

2015-01-03T07:19:08+00:00February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Human Abilities, Psychology, Updated posts|Tags: , , |

We, as individuals, are seldomly aware of the fact that we have difficulties in seeing the world around us neutrally. We are loaded with concepts and ideas that when looked [...]

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.

21 06, 2013

Sneak peak: “Collaborability: a theory on Human Collaboration”

2016-11-16T10:46:42+00:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: Collaborability, Homo Collaborans, Marketplaces, Society|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Please find below one of the sections of the document “Collaborability: a theory on Human Collaborability” I am working on. Consider it a sneak peak opportunity for all those visitors [...]

6 03, 2013

Back to the excesses of early industrial age or guided distribution of wealth?

2016-11-16T10:46:53+00:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Adaptability, Against the tide, Balance Group vs Individual, Below the surface, Competition, Individuals, My take on humans, Society, Trends, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , |

(translation 4 march 2014; "Terug naar excessen van vroeg-industriële tijd of naar geleide welvaartsverdeling?") One of the consequences of technological innovation is, not as you might think, the simple service [...]