this is somehow continuing what i started laying out in the social processors post last week. besides own inner emergence and continues nurturing through sensing global emergence , conversation-inspiration-credits to @learningful, @naomiraja and @bmccall17.
<– what is this??
it is a drawing in a patent that facebook is holding (to be found here). the patent is for: “Generating a feed of stories personalized for members of a social network”
looks cold and techy? it does. what it is showing though is (amongst other clever algorithms that we are not supposed to know about) how facebook makes sure that you are being feed with socially relevant stories in your News Feed. stuff that makes you go aaah, or haha, or “what the…?”, stuff that you find interesting because its friends you care about or you feel attracted to or you having evil fun to find reasons to dislike them or whatever. all this little relevant stories that are screaming at you to like them or comment on them :) most of us feel overwhelmed by the amount of data that is flowing through our social media rivers – so how nice that there are algorithms that learn to feed us with the most relevant information? well, i could go on arguing for pro’s and con’s of this kind of filtering and investigate into other options and stuff… but despite that some of you might think i am an online-person that knows all about social media… i can tell you, i don’t really care about the surface of this stuff – i want to listen to the evolutionary heartbeat underneath… i want to sense into the underlying social dynamics and patterns that i see being in play. as expressed earlier i feel that besides all good metaphors around global brain & connectedness the evolution of new communication-forms online is ALSO a huge invitation to feed that innovation back into our inlife/face2face communicative space… back to the Q, what if there would be no internet tomorrow? what would your social neurons start creating as an offline-echo from a FB post/comment/like or a tweet/hashtag[...]? what is online communication inviting us to innovate in inlife communication?
so, last time i was going nuts around the exponentially growing amount of subgroups in any given group and the hyper-exponentially growing amount of relationships between those and so on… now, here is the thing! take ANY of this subgroups and hold them on your inner screen (think of two friends of yours right now for instance) and IMMEDIATELY your social brain starts charging them with meaning/values/options/synergies/potential-conflicts/what-could-they-do-together/what-have-they-done-together/… of course some might have more weight in you through already being charged (sometimes VERY charged) with shared experiences or assumptions that result in emotions like preferences or aversions. and other subgroups you will not even had present on your inner screen as such. just think of two of your close friends that you like but you would surely not want to work on a project together with them… or think of your dream-team for the task of baking a four-level-birthday-cake… you see? as soon as there are names and tasks in the game, your endless inner ocean of social-connection/group-possibilities crystallizes. and sometimes the task comes first and you assemble your team around it, or you have the names first and then sense into the most awesome task… these dynamics are usually (?) more pleasant then having both names and tasks given, or having both unclear :)
this ability of human consciousness to accept a constellation/situation (with good or bad feelings associated) and charge it with meaning might just be one of the most fundamental abilities… otherwise we would terribly freak out about endless possibilites in every split-second. here we come to the rosa elephant. the brains capacity to perceive and to give attention is extremely wide open for whatever stimulus is appearing in the input-sphere! when i say rosa elephant you think of one. when i say to you to start thinking what symbol the rosa elephant has in your life… you might not want to do it ;) but if you did you would most certainly find meaning. that relates back to my musings on symbols and meaning – EVERY symbol can crystallize meaning in your inner ocean! so… it wouldn’t be too harsh then to call it attention-raping what media/marketing is doing all over the place? well, that would be another track to follow… just think of all the brainpower being put into the “opening”-to-the-world that a company is pursuing… we are walking around the city and might just think that we have freedom to pay attention to whatever products we want… but there is an insane amount of INtention being put into what you can put your ATtention on. when our feelings and social-warmth and wishes and desires click in, is on the surface… where a lot of (conscious and subconscious, social and mathematical) algorithms have been choosing what you can possibly pay attention to and build empathy for…
what i am wondering now… yes, we are able to accept what seems given and build a meaning/feeling/value-landscape around that and we are also able to change the constellations/set-of-options we are in based on our personal agenda and attractions… a growing amount of us are luckily also able to let the collective/future well-being/highest-potential inform their actions… WHAT now IF we would amplify the assembling-process immensely BEFORE we start the accepting-and-going-from-there-process?
Last year at the KaosPilots we spent a day as a team of self-organized group-building for upcoming projects. we spent a whole day doing that, and it was intense and brought up a lot of unspoken stuff and power dynamics. so i am aware how much learning and “enforced-transparency” there is in the friction of such processes and don’t necessarily vote for shortcutting it – however, it got me thinking about the ‘best marriage problem‘ in informatics. wouldn’t it be superinteresting to let every team-member fill out a preference-list for how much (from 1 to 10) she wants to be in group with everyone of the other team-members? so with 40 people that would then give a total input of 40 x 39 = 1560 (every person is grading 39 others) preferences. a clever algorithm would than build the best possible group constellations (which will not make everyone 100% happy for sure, but it will be mathematically the maximum happiness - has also to acknowledge subgroups of subgroups in order to maximize social relevance, also a higher factor on where the person is placing himself… complex algorithm!). now – as i said, that would NOT acknowledge the social process on the way as everyone is submitting their grades silently in front of their computer. however, i would very much imagine that the calculated result would hit the group like a lightning in terms of relevance and a sense of ”wow, yep, this is actually the truth on how we gravitate towards each other“. and even though the algorithm wouldn’t be perfect, the result would still be in the top thousand possible constellations out of the billion of possible ones and thereby stimulate excitement and acceptance! the suggested structure is filling the space immediately… possibility-seeking shifts to acceptance and charging the given state with meaning or intentions for refinements.
and now here it comes, thats what i am talking about: after this bomb of the-mathematically-”perfect”-group-constellations has exploded in the system – people would EXPERIENCE the outcome of an algorithm and eventually start echoing that algorithm. so if they are in a new group they would start intuitively sensing/assuming what the algorithm might calculate in this group… so the organic body-mind-spirit-system has an imprint of the mathematical algorithms and leans intuitively into the offer of structure it would produce. now, experiencing that algorithm long enough and other ones, my hypothesis strongly is that the social body would build more and more intelligence to match the mathematical algorithm intuitively. the collective would echo the result more and more precisely without getting the result from the outside. they birth this piece of structure-generating dynamic in their middle!
[conclusion 1] this is a mathematical algorithm pulled into a group! just as well any other area of human expression (art, music, dance, engineering, banking (?) … & thousands more) can pull the essence of their leading edge into the social body as analogy and see how it unfolds there. the invitation to charge the social space with the most amazing attractors to allow it to process more and more complexity with less and less effort… building shared imagination and an intuition of collectively leaning into the highest potential…
[conclusion 2] so… sensing a vast potential here to tap more consciously into the process that leads to certain constellations… as posted earlier, we have 2.4×10^19 different possible 1&1 relationships (and then there are even more possibilities for groups of 3, and groups of 4 and so on) on this planet. what a huge invitation to match people more consciously… and the tools we have for that are intuition/resonance and care. seeing our mates as part of our extended body… tuning our social brain and the confidence in your impulses of naming possible relationships you come to think of :)