Slow Crawl

There are some things that wiki offers, more that it promises, and one of these is the possibility of enabling what we might call a slow crawl.

There have long been communities; of data miners, curators of specialised knowledge. But these traditional internet communities have largely been replaced with the convenience of Google search and Twitter. Why wait when you can have the answer you need instantly? Almost.

One reason to consider re-awakening such communities is the need for quality, human curated but computationally augmented quality. Our intelligence need not be artificial, though it could easily become such.

Recent advances in machine learning, decentralisation, and our experience of writing in the federation, point to a different process. A slower process. A slow crawl together with our friends and the machines we befriend.

# While u r sleeping

When I sleep, my machine lies idle. Indeed I have many machines lying idle. Why don't I allow my machine to crawl over my writing, analyse my text, search the internet and build for me - just for me - a highly personalised web of recommendations for my research?

# Not in isolation

This is not a solitary act. I am best advised to connect with colleagues in small groups, and to learn from their specific expertise.

To try to do everything solo is a part of the dream of such a community, but it is not the whole dream.

We don't consider this communication to be simply Twitter, or chat. What we mean by "talk" is that we form a trusted personal connection to anther person and by extension their machine. We can be allowed to access the result of their data analysis, and their search.

These small trusted groups can then talk to each other, again in a slow considered way. These conversations across space form a web of knowledge curation and creation. Knowledge is social, and we need to consider the architecture of this social knowledge.

# Two scenarios

Slow or fast. We can vote slow or fast, think slow or fast. Or we can learn to crawl before we run. Which after all is the fastest way to win the race?

# Respect our elders

Perhaps our tortoise strategy has merit, but we have formidable enemies. If we are to forgo the convenience of speed, we need to re-establish a form of quality that has had it's reputation tarnished. Respect is not the same as deference, and eminence is not the same as evidence.

# The common good

Fast implies cloud implies individuals networked for the common good maybe, but with a centralisation of economic intelligence. The good here may be common but is it good? Or is it Monopoly where the hotels are intellectual, and there is only one winner.

We need a slow crawl. Why? Because it is better. Better for our humanity.

# Rather

Let me loose my writing, and research together with others. Let my machine be at the service of my fellows, but only them - the ones I argue with. Let me explore with my code and my intelligence the wisdom of my elders, those that know (whatever their age). Let me choose who I support, and how I know what I know. How else am I supposed to create, rather than be created?

# See also