World Machines

I have been discussing my wider concept of World Machines at OzCHI ( this week. The workshop paper I gave was called:

Digital Interdependence: using inference, sensors and social networking to make world machines

(see for an overview of why I was addressing this topic).

I talked about the sharing work and what it reveals about collective vs individualist models. I considered how we expand the care for the world we found at local level to myriad clusters across the world. I asked how new technologies can be appropriated for social ends that increase our understanding of ecologies, as well as for more commercial exploitations. And I began to see how the sharing stories might be good examples – not that we scale up each activity, but that we make more of them and link them up better.

The idea of world machines is that they join up insights and constructive outcomes and link that to more information about how we can live together provided from the environment and other people. Using inference (the power to mine data), sensors (which can give us feedback on cause and effect) and social media and connections across everything (chatting and sharing), we can do things that improve our environment and the environment… and encourage an understanding of ecologies – the way that things interrelate.

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