“Multiplicity which is not reduced to unity is confusion. Unity which does not depend on multiplicity is tyranny.” Pascal
Computational | algorithmic engines, possibilities of harnessing collective intelligence, cybernetic advancements and egalitarian demands are informing a renewed tomorrow of cultural, institutional & productive possibilities.
Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc; previously he directed Google's core search algorithms group. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Stephen M. Omohundro is a scientist known for his research on Hamiltonian physics, dynamical systems, programming languages, machine learning, machine vision, and the social implications of artificial intelligence.
Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Studies and Digital Culture at CUNY/Queens. He lives in New York and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.
Other luminaries who have consented: Vernor Vinge, Nick Bostrom, Matteo Pasquinelli, Mark Buchanan, David Brin, Erik Brynjolfsson, Kevin Kelly, Howard Rheingold, Francis Heylighen, Charles Eisenstein, Howard Bloom, Michael Chorost, Christopher Steiner, David Pearce, Natasha Vita-More, James J. Hughes, John Mayfield…more yet to be contacted & confirmed.
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World Won : Radical Transparency & Democracy In The Information Age
A futurist proposition of global, rational governance by means of cybernetic processes of a world informed by pervasive computing.
A concentration on the emergence of a new system of world governance that will rely primarily on thorough transparency, rationality rather than ideology, and the power of current communication, information and data collecting technologies grounded in an awareness and commitment to the care of and fostering of the real and virtual commons, human rights, statistical and scientific evidence and efficient, ecological stewardship of resources.
What are the algorithms of direct democracy in a global age, what are the politics of a transparent government? What are the drawbacks? The personal and privacy issues at stake? What kinds of creative applications and social experiences can be developed using information technologies that rely on the principals of direct democracy and transparency?
The issue of open source governance is still a fairly new one and it’s actualities and possibilities still quite unexplored. “E-gov, digital government, online government, or connected government is digital interaction between a government and citizens (G2C), government and businesses (G2B), and between government agencies (G2G).” At present in Canada and elsewhere in the world there is little use of the web for citizen involvement other than as accessing selected government data as an electronic publishing venture. The complexities and still developing possibilities for citizen involvement in the governing process, an open source to governance through the tools of the evolving informatics technologies is an area rich for exploring.
Our efforts are to put into context politically, philosophically, technologically the origins, contradictions and incredible potentials of the emerging symbiosis of citizen, government, ubiquitous computing power and information.
Fundamental to a real democracy is the existence of a public informed about government actions. This requires government information to be open and accessible to the public. What would a transparency model for government look like, how could it be implemented, what are the models, practices, tools and structures that promote transparent communication practices by and for the people?
In describing technological advancement Aldous Huxley wrote: Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.”
We wish to make seamless the relationship between democratic, citizen involvement and the actions of our governments. This is a tremendous goal but we believe that by relying on the old technologies of the persuasive documentary and of the new and emerging tech of software tools and apps and of the current interwoven power of the net we will be able to further, substantially, awareness and import of the open source governance movement.
We have the tools to envision and create not only a livable future but one that is respectful and that furthers all of life — by becoming responsible to the boundless creative visions and compassionate caring of an awakened humanity — woven as an intersecting alive patterning of our collective will, empathy and co-evolution. We are not immured from the dire straits of the planet, of the dismal situation throughout — however for the purpose of this project we have decided to circle our intent on the orchestration of answers available in applied communication sciences and design — informed and guided by the web of forces called holism.
This project is an every expanding love story veiled as a feature documentary essay, interactive eBook & netportal. It is the history of the heart of humanity’s unrequited love affair with the idea of one world, one life; the coming of a lucent mosaic of communities and of a planetary civilization and a story as real as the technology that allows you to read this very writing.
Citizen Planet is to leapfrog out of the current of obstacles and to harness the decisive leadership of the imagination powered by network love & computation — inviting in the tomorrow we have looked forward to — forever.
A not yet future holding our momentous dreams is gestating outside the edge of our peripheral vision and an extraordinary birth is at hand. The agony we hear all around us, that we have heard for many generations, is the struggle cries of this birth. Whether it is yet another false hope, a dystopic collapse of justice and democracy or the actualized radiance of dawn is yet an uncertainty and much depends on you and I.
“All the systems which explain so precisely why the world is as it is and why it can never be otherwise, have always called forth in me the same kind of uneasiness one has when face to face with the regulations displayed under the glaring lights of a prison cell.” Ernst Jünger, “The Glass Bees
Citizen Planet: The Cybernetic Global Rising
is a speculative documentary project to focus in on the positive promise of what a responsible governance would be like in an enlightened global networked civilization; the primacy of environmental integrity, the supreme valuation of life itself & the wealth of human creativity vitalized and activated upon. It’s to be cinematic, imagistic, enjoyable reading — it’s possibility research & speculative projections.
What if we treated governance & economy as a philosophical & aesthetic creative project, a matter of solving technical issues rather than warring clans fighting over the remains of the rapacious and absurdly imbalanced system?
What if we lived, worked and contributed in the reality of one decentralized planet rather than the programming of the corporate state?
What if we demanded much more from our political culture than a choice every four years between that which is sufferable and that which is worse?
What if we took ideology, religion, ego and even personality out of governance?
Say — what if we rid ourselves of politics entirely and conceived governance, the management of resources, as a plumber might a toilet system, a farmer might a compost pile, a network theorist a web of relationships or a composer a symphony?
This Project Is About Helping To Prepare Human Civilization and Individual Minds For Managing And Appreciating What
Super Human Artificial Intelligence Means for Life on Earth
Depending On Rational Rule Based Compassionate Governance
& Co-Evolutionary Culture
"Today a new planetary scale of computation demands, nevertheless, a new planetary scale of politics. As the current debate on the Anthropocene points to, no political agency is possible without the recognition of a new cognitive perspective on the whole planet."Matteo Pasquinelli
We intend to create a passionate advocacy film essay | media project; a manifesto, and a code of action, a history and a future about our duty to our home and to ourselves and the means psychological, cultural & technical that will allow us to do so.
It is to feature the tailoring of interviews with the world's edge visionaries, network scientists, cyberneticians, artists, ethicists, philosophers, blockchain evangelists, theoretical evolutionists, neuroscientists, historians, Buddhists and Earth activists who are proposing and working towards a world utilizing our collective intelligence, our computing power and the elegant solutions of interdisciplinary-based holistic sciences — including ecological fundamentals (the "end ecocide" movement as an example), the principles of emergence, and computational intelligence technologies to reset the very idea of governance.
The following individuals have agreed to be interviewed and have included their names in this crowdfunding campaign:
We have the tools to envision and create not only a livable future but one that honors and that furthers all of life — and we do so by becoming responsible to the boundless creative visions and compassionate caring of an awakened humanity — woven as an intersecting alive patterning of our collective will & co-evolution.
We are not immured from the dire straits of the planet, of the dismal situation throughout — however for the purpose of this project we have decided to circle our intent upon the orchestration of answers available in applied communication sciences and design — informed and guided by holism.
Ignorance is the principle cause of suffering — our project is about the ground of knowledge, knowledge of the self, knowledge of our collectivity, knowledge of our responsibility and the importance of accurately defining our problems and using (and knowing how best to use) the extraordinary tools at hand — not solely for our survival but for our sustainable flourishing.
In stark contrast to the intellectual content of the interviews, the image work is to be — on occasion — a bejeweled expression, at times refracted meaning will become baroque, ornamental — facets will become piercingly, fully abstract.
To include startling, precise, clean b-roll material (some of which will be CGI built) that yes furthers the premise of the comments, that illustrate the verbal content, but in a way that is not as conspicuous as what is usually done in the documentary form.
It’s to be a patternist work and to be constructed as a virtual documentary — one where immersion, interactivity and the dynamism of the web and code are used as an aesthetic and delightful engagement.
Importantly this work is to be more than a documentary — it is to be an art piece — one versioning of the information content is to be distilled into a VR interactive aesthetic space — a Gibsonian cyberspace coded as a gravity less matrix/mandala/morphic reference that will be informed by the content of the film essay and fed with choice live data streams off the net.
“Evolution is a process of creating patterns of increasing order. I believe that it's the evolution of patterns that constitutes the ultimate story of our world. Evolution works through indirection: each stage or epoch uses the information-processing methods of the previous epoch to create the next.” Ray Kurzweil
The project is a timepiece, a configuration of an object of time with the perpetual enquiry as to what time/history itself is and what meaning is — to further the simple of the singularity of life brightened by subjective interjections.
R&D & production at the same time — Citizen Planet is to create a thorough and inclusive work resonant in historical, critical remembrance and concurrently futuristic. Buying the time and aligning the resources to make it so is the first hurdle. A rummage through obscure film and video archives, a reading of a library or two of books, review and analysis of current institutional initiatives aligned with the intention of the project and further necessary preparations for the interviews is the ground from which we will move forward from.
It does take time to synthesize the research into questions that bring clarity and precision to the interviews and the subject under review. To do a great interview the interviewer must have a handle on the knowledge base of the interviewee and of the subject area itself. That requires extensive research and reading to form the scaffolding for the opportunity of the interview.
I am not wanting simply to rehash the known but to pull from our interview subjects their most inspiring & most syncretic thoughts — concepts & premises that can make differences that make a difference.
Research is also to be done concurrently on structural possibilities and on design and aesthetic team building and production direction.
Oliver Hockenhull — media artist, documentarian and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Western Conventional Bio: His many films and media installations have shown at such film festivals and venues as—The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Sao Paulo International Film Festival, The Melbourne International Film Festival, MIT/Boston, The Contemporary Cultural Centre of Barcelona, The Vancouver International Film Festival, The San Francisco Cinematheque, The International New Media Festival, Seoul, The Chicago International Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Arte Experimental, Bilbao, Spain, etc.
He has concentrated on pivotal subjects; the social and intellectual import of the eminent writer, Aldous Huxley; an experimental film essay on evolution featuring Richard Dawkins (and the gorillas of the London Zoo); an essay on architecture extending from the early works of Mies van der Rohe to the steps of the Burning Ghats of Varanasi; a hyper media installation that questions ‘chance‘ — as quantum indeterminate noise — to edit video.
As a member of WebWeavers Network Society, he contributed to the first cultural websites in Canada, and with Thecla Schiporst he initiated a premiere online gallery & curated festival for digital media arts (digital earth foundation 1994 — 2000). His early groundbreaking hypertext documents have been used in courses at: the University of Virginia Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities; “Tech-Sci Culture” at the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Iowa; Victoria University (NZ); the Rensselaer Tech. Institute, New York State; and at the Institute for Social Theory at Keele University, UK. He studied at Simon Fraser University, concentrating on communications, phenomenology and cinema & is an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre. He has previously taught at Northwestern University in Illinois in the faculty of Film & Video.
The most recent documentary, Neurons to Nirvana packed in audiences at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014, the Montreal Nouveau Cinema Festival and @ the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2013 — it has been versioned for mass release on iTunes, Google Play, Youtube & Netflix. See ratings on IMDb. Much more about his various aesthetic, political and intellectual intentions can be found on his website.
to reset the very idea of governance
We want to realize a passionate advocacy film essay | media project, — a manifesto and a course of action and paean about our duty to our home and to our selves and the means both psychological, cultural & technical that would allow us to do so. It will feature the tailoring of interviews with the world’s edge visionaries, network scientists, cyberneticians, artists, ethicists, philosophers, blockchain evangelists, theoretical evolutionists, neuroscientist, lawyers, historians, Buddhists & Buddhas & earth activists who are proposing and working towards a world utilizing our collective intelligence, our computing power and the elegant solutions of interdisciplinary based holistic sciences — including complexity theory, ecological fundamentals (the end ecocide movement as an example), the principles of emergence, and computational intelligence technologies to reset the very idea of governance.