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Social Tool

Sometimes I read some pages of the work of Karl Marx and I find great thoughts. It is curious how previously I was not aware of what the word socialism meant. I used to associate the idea of socialism to solidarity one, because to some extent they are related and this is the concept that is perceived through the media. It is also true that a social link involves a bond of solidarity, but they are two different concepts.

And the fact is that as a result of the reflections of Marx, communist regimes were established in many countries, practical approaches that ended up failing and allowing the extension of capitalism throughout the world. However, this failure has also shown the inconsistency of the capitalist system, now more than ever.

It is true that an employment relationship entails social bonds and that the money used to commercial exchanges proves to be a very imprecise tool, but it is more true that systemic solutions proposed in past centuries are doomed to failure. Although this should not surprise anyone because, has anyone ever wondered what is a social link?

I would have liked knowing the ideas of Marx influenced by Freudian perception of the human unconscious, as well as new research on the so called Dunbar’s number or the potential that ICTs are demonstrating today. Although we can think ourselves.

One should think first in a form of exchange much more advanced than money. Actually money is just information so in the era of information society we can not stay in the methods of the past, much less when everyone uses the mobile phone regularly. Can be posed equivalence equations all complex you can think that allow the exchange of goods and services automatically, just only having the mobile phone operational. The error is in thinking that the solution can be simple, but nobody has said it was.

So I can think of a perhaps highly ambitious project but worthy of being taken into account by all who read this post and perceives it as viable. It must start from a society of a number of inhabitants lower than in Dunbar where the spontaneous and instinctive behavior of all its members makes things work socially. As in “big brother” and without any of its members were aware, as this may disrupt their behavior, they would be observed carefully. This behavior should serve as a model to correct the deviations that social conduct of human being undergoes when the number of inhabitants is increased, such as the misappropriation of surplus caused by greed, the consideration of exploited as “other” etc. Like a buddhist reaches the emotional harmony through meditation, a database managed properly can serve as a prosthesis to relieve our natural deficiencies.

Sure, in order to get enough practical information it takes several generations and since is intended an efficient change of the economic model is not viable a method that requires analyzing the evolution of a society in real time. So a practical solution is to have several parallel societies and analyze their evolution in a segmented way. Can even be make an estimation of the cost necessary and does not have to be very high.

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There is no room for controversy

If you are using a free browser on a free operating system to read this post you will be aware of the importance of freedom against proprietary solutions, which nowadays extend to the term cloud computing to which is mistakenly assigned in his own concept the idea of privacy. I invite everyone to freely edit the publication which appeared on Wikipedia.

Yes, there are lots of collaborative environments already in place, such as LotusLive from IBM, Windows Azure from Microsoft, Google Docs or Google Code Playground, all of them extremely interesting. However the innovative approach does not lies in the form but in substance. Just one of the engineers who created the IBM PC, Mark Dean, predicts the end of an era in his last blog entry. If proprietary software has caused controversy in front of the free software when all consistent reasoning looks for the free options, as progress is made towards a megacomputer distributed by the universal network, it is necessary that the path made by the free software community can be useful for free choice is the only one among all possible.

Is time for think of the OSI reference model, becouse it was designed to break the usual barriers in proprietary solutions. It is essential the existence of a physical layer upon which mount the entire network infrastructure, for those who find it more difficult abstracting, the physical level is equivalent in the case of the simile of the roads to earth surface. This level necessarily have to be implemented by means of what in this blog has been calling as telecommunication infrastructure and for this reason must be public and universal access, as well as water or air.

The remaining levels can be implemented either by hardware or by software. Intuitively it is expected that the levels closest to the user be more flexible, while the levels closest to the physical layer be more rigid and therefore closer to their public condition. In fact, it is abstract levels, so that the boundaries are fuzzy, but in any case it is important to associate a parallel abstraction model to the OSI model, not related to technology but to privacy.

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