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All the stuff you never heard of - and Why?
Published on August 16, 2014 By Phil Osborn In Singularity

First, let's test the system.  OK...   Edit worked...

What this is about:

What we don't see on the web. 

Who we don't hear on the web or in general.

Censorship directly and by marginalization.

The price of the truth and the profitability of deceptions.

Who is responsible.

Note: the room for storage in the cloud and elsewhere on planet Earth is currently estimated to be about half as big as the data submitted.  That means that 50% of all the information we possess as a species is being lost.  Overwritten by material paid for, but simply lost for good.  I cannot believe that in such a situation, people will not take advantage.  Wiped out some Syrian village?  Just wipe the records with copies of "My Little Pony" rippoffs. 

"Who now remembers the Armenian genocide?" (Hitler)

 A couple of weeks ago, at the gym, I got into a discussion of this subject - the manipulation of history, specifically referencing a local Congressman who lived a dual life, of which I have much information, but whenever I've tried to publish it, my online material disappears  - and the guy's wiki is a puff job that is obviously closely monitored.  So, the guy I was talking to at the gym (who I've seen elsewhere at radical political gatherings, I'm pretty sure) advises me that my kind of talk could get me a bullet in the head. Nice.

BTW, as this evolves, please feel free to offer suggestions or critiques.  If I like them or use them - even as a case of error, I'll try to credit everyone.  (The trolls will either be deleted or subjected to appropriate ridicule. ;-> )

Just for starters let's look at a recent case study that I submitted on the Kurzweilai.net site - which I highly recommend.

The subject was search engine and info-resource validation:

http://www.kurzweilai.net/using-bayesian-statistics-to-rank-wikipedia-entries

I pointed out - please check the link for my extended commentaries - that I could easily come up with examples of bogus wikis.

I mentioned by implication in passing as well that if you dare blog or otherwise comment on certain topics, then expect trouble, as in your email or blog site suddenly mysteriously going off line for a week - or at least no longer accessible to you.

I'm hopeful that this article will draw some attention and thought regarding a wider sweep of issues, such as why progress in certain areas was virtually halted for decades, to the benefit of certain major players.  Where to start?

Let's try Xanadu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Xanadu

Xanadu was based on an original insight by Ted Nelso, on his first introduction to a computer with a printout interface, running one of the early versions of a word-processor (nrof, prof or one of that series, I believe.)  I heard Nelson live at the 1990 CyberArts conference, which I was covering for an Amiga magazine, and where he discussed the origins of the whole hypertext concept, of which Xanadu and the WWW are just two examples of many.  Nelson, upon seeing a printout from a computer text processor, asked immediately ~"Well, since this information is all stored and accesible digitally, then of course you can embed links to reference back and forth between documents and points within documents, right?"  NO.  The computer gurus were still thinking of the computer as a super-typewriter, a digital emulation of paper.

I had developed my own concept for hypermedia in the late '70's, one which included much of the Xanadu design, although I had my design well before hearing of Xanadu.  My design, like that of Xanadu, allowed for linking from any point or collection(s) of points in any kind of document or media.  One difference was that my design was completely bottom-up.  In fact, I called it the PKI - Personal Knowledge Index.  Whatever.

I tried implementing my concept on a Commodore 64, writing a good portion of a version of Prolog in self-modifying assembly code as the projected OS.  I didn't finish and in retrospect, all the compromises that such a limited system entailed would have guaranteed that by the time it was finished, compromises that much more powerful machines to come would not have, the competition would eat my lunch.  So, I jumped on the Amiga when it appeared.  It's full 32bit OS with full support for multi-threaded multiprocessing and right media capabilities made it the logical platform for hypermedia in general.

 

 


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