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14 juli 2009

Google Wave: de volgende stap naar metabewustzijn?

Here's how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

Zie ook:, May 29, 2009
A couple weeks ago, my friend who works at Google said to me: we’re working on something big at Google. Maybe I can show you a sneak preview soon, but don’t tell anyone. It’s top secret.
If you’re an online nerd and you read techcrunch and similar valley blogs, you already know what I’m talking about, as they officially announced it yesterday. It’s called Google Wave, and it’s gonna be big.
In the brief history of internet, different internet protocols were developed which define the internet today, like email, browsing, chat, etc. But the possibilities of online media today are huge, while we are still trapped in those old protocols. What Google basically is doing is throwing different communication protocols together and create something entirely new. Something that will redefine the way how we communicate, something that will redefine the whole internet if you ask me.
I have much respect for Google. They won the big jackpot when they invented their advertising system, and they’re basically drowning in money. But instead of just buying up an island the size of France an go cruise around it with their yacht, they actually give it back to society. They invest all this money in bringing the best of the best engineers together with only one goal: stepping up the whole evolution. It’s thanks to this kind of people that we don’t live in trees anymore.
So about Google Wave. Email is inefficient, it is a chaotic one-dimensional sending around of information, while chatting is a bit more real time but not practical in the same way as email is. The main big thing about Wave is that it takes the idea of email, puts it in a central server-hosted cloud system the same way as Google Docs work, and combines that with the real-timeness of chat. Even more real-time, as in character-by-character realtime. Basically, they’re creating a new protocol, that on the long run probably will overwrite many current protocols.
The way people communicate in real life, by speech, is in terms of science an inefficient form of data transfer. Direct thought exchange would be way more efficient, and if we can continue the way we are evolving, techno-evolutionists like myself believe that at one point we will actually be able to do that. Email is in a same way a non-efficient way of communicating, and I see this evolution as the online equivalent of directly interchanging thoughts, without the time-consuming detour of actually pronouncing them — or in the case of Wave, sending them.
I do not only think this is a great step in online communication, I also think it is an extremely interesting step in the evolution of the internet. I was wondering how it would evolve after this. Ok, there’s all these things popping up the last years, like facebook and twitter and blabla. But they’re all just gimmicks and none of them actually changes anything structural. Google wave has the possibility to do that, and the ambition. The coming 10 years of the internet become suddenly more clear.
The future is to the cloud, the power is to the crowd. The whole thing is released open-source, what creates the ability for it to grow organically, and beyond the possibilities of any company, even Google. It also creates a certain unpredictability. Really interesting.
If you’re familiar with the theory of the Technocalyps, this gives a little sneak preview of how we, in the coming decades, will evolve transhuman. At one point, artificial intelligence now used to choose which ads to display on your homepage, will be applied to the bigger picture and that is the point where we actually will create something bigger than ourselves. Where the cloud comes more powerful than the crowd.
Because, if you didn’t realize this yet…
Google. Is. Skynet.

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Big G-Wave coming?
Giulio Prisco, Transhumanar, May 31, 2009

Google Wave could be a Big paradigm shift, and change the way we use the Web. Email, chat, discussion groups, wiki, IRC, blogs, microblogs, social network and groupware all in one.
(...) we will spend our online life in front of a Wave screen. Instead of sending email, IM and tweets, writing blogs and logging on Facebook, we will plug in dynamic and interconnected Waves.
(...) By enabling us to do things much faster the Web... - is Wave the first example of Web 3.0? - and the mobile Web wake emergent properties of our collective consciousness. We could send snailmail letters hundreds of years ago, but we could not build a new global social movement in a matter of days. Wave may permit doing things even much faster and achieve a critical mass to enable new emergent waves in our developing noosphere.

Update 2010:

Google heeft inmiddels de stekker getrokken uit Google Wave als 'stand alone'-product; wel zullen sommige elementen wellicht terugkomen in andere producten. Heeft Open Graph van Facebook qua effecten een vergelijkbare 'evolutionaire' potentie als Google Wave? Zie m'n blognotitie: 'Facebook: mensonwaardig of mensvormend?'
Google Wave moest misschien wel mislukken, omdat de makers zonder dat ten volle te beseffen een Russisch poppetje wilden maken: een compleet 'internet' binnen het internet - een onmogelijke tour de force. Maar als Mark Zuckerberg het voor elkaar krijgt dat de op vele manieren aan elkaar gekoppelde en met elkaar samenwerkende en contact houdende gebruikers van Facebook op internet overal hun profiel mee naar toe nemen, krijgt het misschien toch in zekere zin gestalte.

En m'n blognotitie:
Google als metabewustzijn

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