Archive for December, 2012

An information-processing approach to the origin of life | KurzweilAI.

Life responds to information, gaining causal efficacy over matter. That’s the key! via @kurzweilainews

“We believe the transition in the informational architecture of chemical networks is akin to a phase transition in physics, and we place special emphasis on the top-down information flow in which the system as a whole gains causal purchase over its components, This approach will reveal how the logical organization of biological replicators differs crucially from trivial replication associated with crystals (non-life). By addressing the causal role of information directly, many of the baffling qualities of life are explained.”


The future is indeed bright across the screens, but what’s happening now is happening by happenstance. Imagine what this will look like once you start to design experiences around found time and the multi-tasking, multi-screen consumer journey. Beyond understanding, for any this to be optimized and beneficial to your business, takes vision and architecture. You are the architect of new experiences for a new generation of connected consumers.

via We are now a society of multi-taskers and multi-screeners – Brian Solis.

The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – a conceptual frameworkleave a comment »We propose a first step in the development of an integrated theory of the emergence of distributed cognition/extended mind. Distributed cognition is seen as the confluence of collective intelligence and “situatedness”, or the extension of cognitive processes into the physical environment. The framework is based on five fundamental assumptions: 1 groups of agents self-organize to form a differentiated, coordinated system, adapted to its environment, 2 the system co-opts external media for internal propagation of information, 3 the resulting distributed cognitive system can be modelled as a learning, connectionist network, 4 information in the network is transmitted selectively, 5 novel knowledge emerges through non-linear, recurrent interactions. The implication for collective intentionality is that such a self-organizing agent collective can develop “mental content”  that is not reducible to individual cognitions.

via The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – a conceptual framework « Learning Change.

Good synthesis of the function of connectionist networks.