Monday, November 08, 2004

Are blogs and wikis the same?

Are blogs and wikis the same? (URL: Blogs and Wikis)

How quickly can I get into trouble with this?

1. Of course they are - they let people communicate on the web by populating websites with documents and metadata!

2. Of course not
- wikis are self regulating: the users of wikis care enough about the content of their wiki.(See WhyWikiWorks .
- blogs are self regulating: the users of blogs care enough about the content of their blog. (See Mena Trott, CEO, Six Apart - in her story about the licence change experiences for movable type she talks about how blogger don't generally put flames on their own site

Users who voluntarily publish documents and metadata often care that they are correct!

Whan makes this even more exciting is they often even try to assign some sort of metadata.

Now metadata and its use has its problems. Any one who has used a search engine knows about metacrap.
People lie, are lazy, stupid, and that's even before you realise not only is classification tricky, but as Clay Shirky explains in his essay 'The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview', it is difficult to use in may of the ways we dream about.

Despite all these problems, the users of wikis and blogs and all create the same sort of idiolect driven terms and often group them into a 'folksonomy' of sorts.

I hope you believe me - I have some examples in case you don't:
1. Tim Bray - the 'What' taxonomy in ongoing :BlogWikiHuh.

2. diveintomark: using the more accepted 'tremble as if they were mad' classification system.

3. Ted has one too. It even has a Lisp category.

I'm hoping this rambling has made sense. I didn't really know where I was going when I started but I now think I have made a little more sense of it for myself.

My final conclusion: Blog, wiki,, etc. are all the same sort of thing:
- they all share the idea of the unique identifier (hyperlink) for a document,
- they all have metadata
- in a blog this can be those used in the title or the document itself, or those in a classification system
- has its tags,
- wiki's have WikiWords
- they all use links as metadata to find other documents; wikiwords, tags, trackback.

I wonder if I can put this post in a entry?


Saturday, October 30, 2004


The first thunderstorm of the season happend last night - a real cracker with lots of wind rain thunder and lightening. The roads are covered in leaves and fallen branches(and my yard is full of fallen palm fronds).

Friday, October 29, 2004

Content Management Systems

OSCOM Content Management Frameworks/Systems Overview
A List of free CMSs from OSCOM - The international association for Open Source Content Management

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Another bibliography for 'Mind Children' in the Hans Moravec/Artificial Intelligense sense

mindless mechanisms,mindful constructions: an introduction

The Homo Cyber Sapiens, the Robot: Homonidus Intelligens, and the `artificial life' approach to artificial intelligence. By Luc Steels Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Vrije Universiteit Brussel

-- Both are introductions to AI with some attention paid to the future of robots.

Excerpts from the book Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology by Stephen Wilson: Chapters focused on the body

WHAT IF AI SUCCEEDS?: The Rise of the 21st Century Artilect by Prof. Dr. Hugo de Garis Head, Brain Builder Group, STARLAB, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.

They aren't who you think: if we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, they're likely to be machines, not creatures of flesh and blood. (Cover Story) Steven J. Dick. Mercury Nov-Dec 2003 v32 i6 p18(9)

Humanity 2.0: transhumanists believe that human nature's a phase we'll outgrow, like adolescence. Someday we'll be full-fledged adult posthumans, with physical and intellectual powers of which we can now only dream. But will progress really make perfect? Carl Elliott. The Wilson Quarterly Autumn 2003 v27 i4 p13(8)
Humanity 2.0, by Carl Elliott, Wilson Quarterly, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Conquering mind and the end of humanity: prospects for a robotic future. (Symposium). Charles T. Rubin. Perspectives on Political Science Spring 2003 v32 i2 p77(9)

A.I. and the return of the Krell Machine: Nanotechnology, the singularity, and the empty planet syndrome. (Critical Essay) Steven B. Harris. Skeptic (Altadena, CA) Fall 2002 v9 i3 p68(13)

Robot Renaissance: Machines that think are not that far off -- and some futurists believe they could take over. DANYLO HAWALESHKA. Maclean's August 21, 2000 p20

Tele-Agency: Telematics, Telerobotics, and the Art of Meaning. Edward A. Shanken. Art Journal Summer 2000 v59 i2 p65

Alice's dilemma. Joao Pedro de Magalhaes. Futures Feb 2004 v36 i1 p85(5)

Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind. (Review)_(book reviews) Bonnie Holte Bennett. AI Magazine Fall 1999 v20 i3 p92

A-life nightmare. (artificial life) (Interview) (Cover Story) Stephen Levy. Whole Earth Review Fall 1992 n76 p34(14)

Mind Children: the Future of Robot and Human Intelligence. (book reviews) Roger Penrose. The New York Review of Books Feb 1, 1990 v37 n1 p3(3)

Or maybe not. (artificial intelligence) (Science and Technology) The Economist (US) Jan 27, 1990 v314 n7639 p89(1)

Introduction. (Is the Body Obsolete?) Jeanne Carstensen, Richard Kadrey. Whole Earth Review Summer 1989 n63 p2(2)

Robots with human intelligence. The Futurist March-April 1989 v23 n2 p52(2)

The Importance of Importance. (Transcript) David Waltz. AI Magazine Fall 1999 v20 i3 p18

The coming divorce in human nature. (robot minds) Hans Moravec. Whole Earth Review Summer 1989 n63 p12(5) (3169 words)

Mind Children. (column) John Helliwell. PC Week Feb 6, 1989 v6 n5 p24(1)

Robots, Re-Evolving Mind by Hans Moravec

Hans Moravec Home Page --
(included as relevant - points to documents)

Existential Risks - Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Risks (included as relevant)

Speculative Topics: The Developmental Singularity

Augmentation, symbiosis, transcendence: technology and the future(s) of human identity. (Trajectories). Walter Truett Anderson. Futures June 2003 v35 i5 p535(12)

Forecasts for Artificial Intelligence; Artificial Intelligence may become not only smarter, but also wiser and more independent. We must now look ahead and prepare for the impacts of machines that may merge with us, manage us, mimic us, or leave us in the dust. Bohumir The Futurist March-April 2004 v38 i2 p24(2)

Mutants, cyborgs, AI & Androids: Russell Blackford surveys the range of prospective 'new humans' in the new millennium. (Essay) Russell Blackford. Meanjin March 2004 v63 i1 p14(9) (3070 words)

Interview with Hans Moravec

Robotics Institute: Hans Moravec

Superhumanism (from Wired 3.10 - Oct 1995)

PC evolution shapes a vision of robotic change. (The Hard Edge) (column) John Helliwell. PC Week Jan 30, 1989 v6 n4 p19(1)


Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature. Charles T. Rubin, The New Atlantis, Number 1, Spring 2003, pp. 88-100. Published by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

Exotechnology: Human Efforts to Evolve Beyond Human Being, Mel Seesholtz, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) , Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Singularity : Surviving the Singularity, By Steve Alan Edwards, Transhuman Horizons: Singularity, SciTech & Futurism - Omega Point ... 2004/2/18

Talking with Our Mind Children

Posthuman Possibilities and the Future of Intelligent Life

Humanism for personhood: against human-racism: a new fight for human rights. (Upgrading Humanity) James Hughes. Free Inquiry June-July 2004 v24 i4 p36(2)

Better living through tranhumanism: more than just a philosophy and social movement, transhumanism is for many a way of life. George Dvorsky. The Humanist May-June 2004 v64 i3 p7(4)

Search tools I have recently become aware of while searching for computer science related documents.
CiteSeer: Scientific Literature Digital Library incorporating autonomous citation
indexing, awareness and tracking, citation context, related document retrieval ...
This is a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science. The bibliographies are updated monthly from their original locations such that you'll always find the most recent versions here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Daily Themes

An intermediate writing course for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, Daily Themes offers guided practice in a variety of prose forms, fictional and non-fictional. In addition to attending scheduled lectures, students write 250-300 words each weekday and confer weekly with a tutor about their work. Writers respond to sequential assignments designed to cultivate specific literary, rhetorical, or observational skills. Click to see a few representative assignments.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

24HR Art – the Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art

Voice of the shuttle 'Science, Technology, & Culture' sub page

[...]"includes a selection of resources on science, medicine, technology, and cultural-studies/historical approaches to science designed for humanists interested in the relation between sci-tech and society."[...]


Filter is the members magazine for ANAT, the Australian Network for Art and Technology.
Good content; essential reading for anyone interested in Art and Technology.

Realtime +OnScreen

Available online and in print, RealTime is possibly the best arts newspaper in Australia.
It is literally packed with high quality reviews and criticism, with content from leaders in their fields.
Shame about the website. It is sad to see such good content packed into a website that is just poorly done.
The print version is a professionally designed arts newspaper. It is free if you can find one, but is also available at a reasonable subscription rate. (AU$35 for six bimonthly issues)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004