Social Automata Replacing Brainstorms in Design: As Example of 'Designs No One Designs' Emerging as Monastic Innovations Changing Mundane Interfaces in a Computational Sociality Way
12 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 2, 2013
What if entire civilizations “design” via massive dialogs that emerge as they evolve? What if, in some rare eras, the most mundane interfaces and media dissolve and return in new form? What if brainstorms in our era are being replaced by more “computational sociality” style procedures: social automata? This paper of overly huge scope is so because these questions are huge in scope. Three size scales of one large research project set are reported here: 1) data from media reports on revolutionary emerging changes producing a model of emerging Monastic Innovations, five new intellectual interfaces as “designs no person directly designs”, plus a model of what generates them, a dialog among five known types of computational system 2) from that same data, detailed specification of components of one of those five new interfaces, a replacement for brainstorms that fixes the two most significant flaws in usual brainstorms, Social Automata; 3) data from 2826 groups doing work normally done by brainstorms instead by new social automata procedures showing an initial mapping from types of social automata to types of task particular automata types excel at supporting; 4) from that same data on emerging Monastic Innovations, one of the five new intellectual interfaces — fractal page forms — a replacement for prose-text — found to be a powerful tool for designing the protocol component of Social Automata. OVERALL RESULTS: a dialog among five known types of computational system generating five specific monastic style innovations, each a new intellectual interface, one of them specified in detail, Social Automata, and 27 types of it mapped into 15 task types they were best at supporting, and another of the five intellectual interfaces, fractal page forms, used to design protocols of Social Automata.
Keywords: social automata, computational sociality, general empiric computation, monastic innovations, fractal page forms, rhythms of socialness, measures of socialness
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