I think that what I am doing here is worthwhile. None of it is for personal profit — I truly believe in the kind of advanced social technology described on these sites. Please help!
There are many ways you can help support my work. The most fundamental is to share it with others. Near the bottom of each page and post you will find share-buttons. Please click on as many of these as possible and share the material with your friends and perhaps the general public. The Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Google+1 buttons are probably the most important. Sharing can be a nuisance, but not so bad if you just add the link, without bothering to make a comment — though of course comments would be good, favorable or unfavorable, any publicity is good publicity. Lukewarm is “damning with faint praise”, so if you feel that way, maybe just skip the comment.
I would like very much to form an organization to promote these ideas and do some of the necessary development work. I have been doing all I can, but it’s not enough. If anyone is willing to help woth, please contact me — I have no idea how to even get started!
Please see also another page somewhat like this on my Social Technology site, which currently reads:
There is no existing social technology which can meet the requirements specified here. It is inevitable, but may not be developed for years to come. You can help make it available sooner in various ways:
- Initiate or join a campaign to convince Facebook and related social media services that there is a need for sophisticated social searching and matching mechanisms, then help persuade others to use them.
- Demand that Google and related search engines develop similar social search technology.
- Find support for a business venture, a startup, to develop and exploit this technology itself, bypassing the existing giants.
- Start and work on an open-source project to develop new social searching and matching technologies.
- Help create a non-profit organization to promote and manage these new activities.
- Help coordinate any or all of these efforts, including the collection of donations to fund them.
For lack of any real leader to coordinate these efforts, the owner of this site will enter into discussions from which a suitable organization may evolve.
How You Can Help
There must first be an organization. A few people must undertake to create one.
Any organization needs funding. For this key meta-organization, what I call the ultimate meta-cause, the development and use of advanced social technology must be made an explicit goal, so that people providing funds will be able to use “the power of the purse” to steer the new organization in the right direction — it would be very tempting to divert funds to other purpose, but this must not happen. To make sure it doesn’t, people with the ability and commitment to provide oversight must be found.
An important aspect of social technology is the creation and management of tight-knit social networks. As the number of members of an organization increases, the number of ways in which people can be linked together increases more than exponentially. It grows in a factorial way, which is makes for a mathematically intractable problem. All the computing power in the world could not solve such problems exactly, but a careful application of computer power and human input can approximate a solution.
Unlike organizations which form by the haphazard accretion of new members, the network of individuals working towards the ultimate meta-cause must be repeatedly relinked, taking advantage of the compatibilities which new recruits bring to the organization. This is a task for which some some social technology does exist, though it is not packaged in a very useful way. Repackaging existing tools and techniques into one useful piece of software is an important task. For this purpose programmers and analysts will have to be recruited.
Briefly, therefore, you can help if you know how to form an NGO and are willing to do so for this purpose. Or, you can help on the technical side, creating software packages to help organize the organization.
You might also consider the problems I face with enhanced copyright and patent protection, as detailed on my R & D site. I am hoping that the development work I’m doing might fund more Social Tech work. That is unlikely if anyone can take what I’ve put put on my website and use it for their own purposes at no cost.
Much as I hate to ask anyone for money, it would be very nice to get support for at least these basic protections. I am reluctant to put up too much material without them. Even more support would be useful, since I’d like to advertise these sites. With much hesitation and embarrassment I’ve put up a Donate button. I’m sorry to be asking, but … well, it’s a worthy cause, and I just don’t have the resources to accomplish what is needed. Please consider helping to support this work — this is not the official button, which they make you pay for, but it does take you to the right site. If you to contribute, click here: