Social computing will lead to Internet singularity

    In America, futurists gather at special conferences organized specifically to discuss the future. At meetings such as Foo_Camp or The New New Internet , experts try to identify trends and identify the most promising ones. Such conferences are often held behind closed doors, and the organizers themselves make a list of participants and send out invitations. That is, it becomes possible to talk without any extra informational noise. Dion Hinchcliffe, one of the participants in this event, publishes

    his thoughts during the next meeting of Foo_Camp on his blog . Together with other experts, he discusses such concepts as Internet singularity and social computing.

    Internet singularity is a process of deeper interpenetration of the online and offline worlds, in which the development of science, business, society and self-realization sharply accelerates. Probably, already now some phenomena of the offline world can be perceived as signs of an upcoming Internet singularity.

    Social computing is an increasingly pervasive trend towards the use of social web applications, which combine the power of public relations and the power of computer communications. If people use online to communicate with each other - this is social computing.

    Dion Hinchcliffe expressed his thoughts in a diagram: in his opinion, modern Web 2.0 applications are a transitional stage to social computing. Together with the development of new generation web services and corporate computer systems, this will become a condition for the onset of Internet singularity, that is, a sharp jump in the development of science, business, society, etc.

    It is only necessary to note that corporate systems did not accidentally fall into the above diagram. Many American futurologists, and Dion Hinchcliff in particular, make money on corporate consulting, encouraging them to start transformations in the style of Web 2.0 right now , and these transformations will be only the first step on the way to Enterprise 2.0 and the collective intelligence of the future .

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