Archive | Social Machine

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It’s about the people, stupid!

Last week I attended the “Humanising the Robot Economy” at Nesta, which was essentially the launch of “Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy”. This, together with the “Fourth Revolution” at the RSA, reinforced for me the challenge we are facing as a society to both understand the integrate this current “revolution” […]

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Social machines in Action – Second ANZSOG Report

We have just released our second ANZSOG Research report as part of our “Government as a Social Machine” which can be downloaded here. This report concludes this initial research work which has resulted from the work that I have been doing with Peter Thompson for ANZSOG over the past four years. The second report follows […]

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Patterns for living and learning – bringing forth a digital literacy

Two weeks ago I participated in the annual ANZSOG Master Class held at the Melbourne Business School and facilitated by Professors John Alford, Jon Brock and Mike Vitale. The workshop brings together academics from the public policy space and this year the first day was spent focusing on the potential impact of online education and […]

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Government … within a social machine ecosystem

Last week we submitted our {Government as a Social Machine in an Ecosystem” Paper for the SOCIAM workshop to be held at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference in Seoul. The paper is the result of numerous  conversations which began with the ANZSOG research project (see our first report here), the visit of Dame […]

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Web Science down under

Web Science Australia is delighted to announce that Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton in the UK, will be visiting Australia over the next few weeks to attend the 2013 International Semantic Web Conference in Sydney. Wendy has […]

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Augmenting humans with technology

Gartner has just released it’s 2013 “Hype Cycle” in which the over-riding theme is “the evolving relationship between humans and machines”. Gartner believes that there are three main trends which will enable enterprises to improve productivity, transform the citizen and customer experience, and underpin competitive advantage. These are: augmenting humans with technology — we are […]

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Consistent humanity … changing world

“When scarcities are abolished really interesting things happen in history.”  (Nigel Shadbolt) At the recent 2013 Web Science conference one of the most worthwhile sessions was that on “How the Web will revolutionise society”. In particular, it was Nigel Shadbolt’s commentary about the inter-relationship between technology and society, and the implications for society when the […]

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WebSci 2013 Paris

In the last couple of weeks I have been immersed in the world of “Web Science”, initially with a workshop on the “SOCIAM” project at the University of Southampton, and, following that, with the Web Science 2013 Conference in Paris. Both events have given me an opportunity to more fully understand a little more about […]

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Government as a “social machine”

“Real life is and must be full of all kinds of social constraint – the very processes from which society arises. Computers can help if we use them to create abstract social machines on the Web: processes in which the people do the creative work and the machine does the administration … The stage is […]

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