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Stephen Downes

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The Cloud and Collaboration

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Author: Stephen Downes
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Ars Electronica Symposium on Cloud Intelligence, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Keynote, Sept 06, 2009.

In this presentation I describe the concept of the internet as a form of global consciousness. I look at the idea of human nature as it has traditionally been represented but suggest that a more appropriate model is that of a collection of neurons. With this model I analyse what a global consciousness would look like - not collaboration, as in the organization of a company or a nation, but cooperation, as in the actions of autonomous but interdependent and connected individuals. Text written for the talk is available online (this is not a transcript).

Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada

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