New Clues to Wikipedia’s Shared Super Mind
via ACM TechNews on 4/1/13
Santa Fe Reporter
The cooperative nature of Wikipedia is critical to its high level of accuracy and usefulness, according to a study by Santa Fe Institute research fellow Simon DeDeo. The study found that Wikipedia is the product of an extremely cooperative human social system, which has proven as accurate as traditional encyclopedias. Wikipedia’s entry on former President George W. Bush underscores the value of having many people contribute to each entry, because it “reads as if it was written by aliens who didn’t care [about Bush]—although we know it was written by people who cared a lot,” DeDeo says. Wikipedia can be studied as a social system because each Wikipedia edit is recorded. “It’s almost like you had closed-circuit cameras running as a society is creating itself, so every move could be studied and watched,” DeDeo says. The behavior patterns create what can be seen as a historical grammar, like that of a language or bird song. The historical language that develops and maintains Wikipedia might be expected to follow a constricted grammar as well, but Wikipedia behavior is constantly generating new patterns of behavior, possibly because it is the product of many minds.
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Crowd-sourced Patent application vetting:
We’ve said before that the America Invents Act failed to address many of the patent system’s worst problems. Despite that, it does include at least one provision we think could be helpful: the newly implemented Preissuance Submission procedure. That procedure allows third parties to participate in the patent application process by creating a vehicle to provide patent examiners with prior art. We’re glad to see the Patent Office open up the process to those who might not be filing patents themselves, but who are affected by the patent system everyday. We’re also glad that this new process may help stem the tide of improvidently-granted patents.
EFF and the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society are working together to use this new process to challenge patent applications that particularly threaten growing 3D printing technologies. As a first step, we are evaluating 3D printing patent applications currently pending before the Patent Office to identify potential target applications. We need your help! If you know of any applications covering 3D printing technology that you think should be challenged, please let us know by emailing 3Dprinting@eff.org (and also point us to any relevant prior art you might know about).
To get involved with the search, go to the USPTO’s application search tool, PAIR, and/or Google Patents. Each of these sources contains valuable details about the applications currently pending before the USPTO. Here’s the thing: under the current rules, a patent application may only be challenged by a Preissuance Submission within six months of its publication (or before the date of the first rejection, if that comes later). This means the clock is already ticking on the current crop of patent applications.
Once target applications are identified, we will seek out relevant prior art. We’ll be asking for your help again then, so please watch this space. Any document that was publicly available before an application was filed is considered prior art; this can include emails to public lists, websites, and even doctoral theses. Because of the time limit, once we identify the target applications, we must complete the prior art search quickly.
Subject: [hackerspaces] Sierra Zulu / KS
From: j. grenzfurthner/monochrom (das ende der nahrungskette) jg at monochrom.at
Fri Jul 6 10:37:26 CEST 2012
Slightly off-topic, but not entirely, because some of the SFX for the
film will be done by crews at Noisebridge, Metalab and other
hackerspaces… and I will be doing a tour about the project in July
in the US and will visit different hackerspaces (e.g. Kansas City, LA)
So, what am I talking about? It’s our feature film project Sierra
Zulu. A dark political sci-fi action comedy about the grotesque world
we live in. Let’s call it the bastard offspring of Catch-22 and
Consider throwing in a dime:
All the best