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“The pieces, played on any node of the board, are ideas. Whenever there’s a link between the node you want to play and another node that has previously been played, you must also come up with a way to link the ideas.

That turns out to be an excellent basis for coming up with new ideas: all you have to do is forge a connection between two concepts. That connection happens in two places: on the board, and in the brains of the participants. This is no mere “put ideas up on a whiteboard” scenario: you’re giving people the opportunity to change the way they think.”

» DeadlyBloodySerious.com: Brainstorming, and the Glass Bead Game
[via smartmobs]

A piece by Nico Colchester who died, age 49, last week:

“Crunchy systems are those in which small changes have big effects leaving those affected by them in no doubt whether they are up or down, rich or broke, winning or losing, dead or alive. The going was crunchy for Captain Scott as he plodded southwards across the sastrugi. He was either on top of the snow-crust and smiling, or floundering thigh-deep. The farther south he marched the crunchier his predicament became.

Sogginess is comfortable uncertainty. The modern Scott is unsure how deeply he is in it. He can radio for an airlift, or drop in on an American early-warning station for a hot toddy. The richer a society becomes, the soggier its systems get. Light-switches no longer turn on or off: they dim.”

» FT.com/The economist: Crunchiness By Nico Colchester
[thanks Tom]

The outboard-brain hits paydirt again. Paul Mison comes up with the goods this time – pointing me to the liquid and pipes simulation of the national economy that I was struggling to find:

“Take a pile of Perspex tubes, a few levers and pulleys and the windscreen-wiper pumps from an old wartime bomber. Add a brilliantly ingenious kind, as bucketful of water, and what do you have/? A computer that can model the flow of money around the nation. If the government raises taxes or the public goes on a spending spree, then this bizarre bit of plumbing shows what happens to the country’s savings and investments. At a quick flick of a switch the strange contraption can reveal the wisdom of increasing government spending or the folly of cutting interest rates. This huge machine, knocked up in a barrage by one-time crocodile hunter Bill Phillips, is now on display at the Science Museum in London. But in the 1950s, the computer model that ran on water was streets ahead of its electronic contemporaries. “

» Megabyte: A liquid computer

is a favourite word of mine, but a frustrating state to be in.

Everything about about socialsoftware tends to flummox: the scale and complexity of interactions, the wide range of theories around social interaction to the details of design, development and sustainable operation.

It’s mindboggling to a poor pixelpusher like me.

Today’s been flummoxing. Spent most of the post-lunch doldrums trying to recuperate from an intense and (I think) valuable brainstorm this morning about the socialsoftware project I’m working on.

Right now I can’t mention much about the detail of what we talked through, but one thing that was brought up that has fascinated me for years was the physical modellling of complex systems that was still in evidence well into the times of widespread digital computation and simulation. I just spent a while trying to find a picture of one of the conrtraptions that economists used to use to model national economies with flows of coloured water running through interconnected pipes of varying diameter, but to no avail. Can anyone point me to something about what I’m attempting to describe?

Anyway, just as I thought I was recovering, a wander through meatball in search of how virtual communities can be encouraged to tip-over into real-life activity leads me to something that genuinely not only flummoxed me, but left me boggled to boot: “Cheap Complex Devices”:

” This is the fact: these books were written not by human hand but by computer program. It’s only natural to wonder, How did it do that? And, Why can’t I? Even if they had been poorly written, the simple fact of their existence would be astonishing enough, and we would admire them as curios, like the dog riding the bicycle. And we would want, naturally, to understand the workings of the programs that conjured them up. One might think that the better the novels the greater the curiosity about the mechanics of their origins, but, paradoxically, in the face of their compelling essence, we cease to care so much about how they got here. Kasparov said that at its best, the chess-playing program called Deep Blue “played like God.” At some point the mechanics of the program become irrelevant and the beauty of the play becomes the thing, as who would claim to understand God’s logic?

No claim of Godhead is made for the “authors” of Bonehead and Bees. But these novels do move us in the way novels are supposed to move us. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They keep us up late night turning pages to see what happens next. We care about the characters in The Bonehead Computer Museum and in Bees, or The Floating Point Error, characters unmistakably human. How are we to understand their provenance? Do we need to? It is to these questions that we now turn our attention.”

Whoa.

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