Smart Mobs: Socio-cybernetic Decision-Making

Paper via Smart Mods

Looks like shades of
the Heinlein Foundation Trilogy

Tags

  1. ~study
  2. behavior
  3. human

Comments


Mark de LA says
A mob by any other name is still a mob - they don't get smarter just because they use the internet!

Seth says
Mark 2005-11-25 21:29:03 2129
A mob by any other name is still a mob - they don't get smarter just because they use the internet!
so what's the difference between a mob and a organization ?

Mark de LA says
seth 2005-11-26 00:54:53 2129
Mark 2005-11-25 21:29:03 2129
A mob by any other name is still a mob - they don't get smarter just because they use the internet!
so what's the difference between a mob and a organization ?
A mob is a disorderly group of people up to no good - see: url http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=mob or see the etymological dictionary
mob Look up mob at Dictionary.com1688, "disorderly part of the population, rabble," slang shortening of mobile, mobility "common people, populace, rabble" (1676), from L. mobile vulgus "fickle common people" (1600), from mobile, neut. of mobilus "fickle, movable, mobile," from movere "to move" (see move). In Australia and N.Z., used without disparagement for "a crowd." Meaning "gang of criminals working together" is from 1839, originally of thieves or pick-pockets; Amer.Eng. sense of "organized crime in general" is from 1927. The verb meaning "to attack in a mob" is attested from 1709. Mobster is first attested 1917. Mob scene "crowded place" first recorded 1922. Mobocracy "mob rule" is attested from 1754.
Hopefully an organization can be for other purposes.


Mark de LA says
And then there is the flash mob definition in the Wikipedia. Mostly pranks, but in politics & other settings could be dangerous.

Seth says
this item is not about mobs, read the paper. this item is about the enhansed ability to predict human behaviro based upon the extra data gleanable from cyberspace.

Mark de LA says
Yes and I was pointing out that Smart Mobs is an oxymoron. (;-))

Seth says
seth 2005-11-27 09:24:58 2129
The Wisdom of Crowds
"No one in this world, so far as I know, has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."
-H. L. Mencken



Mark de LA says
The challenge is separating the good stuff from the static & the noise! (;-))

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