As noted on the software development blog at Software Development I have picked out a data set for prototyping work, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which I last experimented with in 2002 and found very useful. Now I play some serious prototyping with the data I have downloaded, actually doing some coding, despite my earlier resolutions to do a lot of analysis and design first. Yeah, yeah, I’ll do all the “paperwork”, too, but it is boring, and I can’t resist a bit of “real work”. Meanwhile I continue to write my online novel, which continues to mention ways of using such data, but it remains unclear (to the reader, I hope, and maybe even to me) whether the social software might actually be just an excuse to write the story or if the story is a way of sugarcoating software analysis and design, as I claim I originally intended. Whichever you might think it is, the latest installment, Chapter Seven, is at the top of my story blog at http://SocialTechNovel.SocialTechnology.ca/ — dpw
I continue to use the clickable image below, though it dates from a time when I naively ignored the dangers of Social Technology.
Like all truly advanced technology, these solutions to social problems will involve a lot of math, but must not require users to have special knowledge or skills. Programmers are invited to help with the development of open source libraries for applied social mathematics.
Non-technical accounts of all these topics as well as accessible accounts of the underlying math are on the front pages of a network of associated websites.
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