Since the following was written a new page with more technical information has been written.
Technical information will be found on many different pages here, but this will be a central location for finding and accessing all of it. For now the term "technical" will refer to things involving the inner workings of computer and computer software, and to anything mathematical beyond the elementary level. This is to unify to disparate communities, since many people including computer programmers and analysts are uncomfortable with the more mathematical sides of their own discipline, let alone others, and many professional mathematicians know little about computers and have never tried to program one. But math and computers are related in many ways and experts in either are justifyably regarded by the rest of humanity as too wrapped up in technical details. This page is for people who are indeed enraptured, so to speak, with all the technical details and like it that way just fine.
Eventually this page will give a quick summary and point the technical reader to other pages for those details, but for now it will just give a very quick summary. This very large project covers a lot of subject matter with a fairly small number of techniques from two branches of computer science and their mathematical relatives. Survey data from sociological studies and as much as can be collected here on the web from forms on this site will be analyzed using numerical methods of the usual kind with vectors and matrices, doing well known operations involving pseudoinverses, eigenvectors, and so on, and then the results will be used as the input to a lot of combinatorial optimization techniques involving bipartite matching, minimum spanning trees, shortest path and travelling salesman problems, and so on. The results will be used in a heuristic way, given to users as suggestions for social, political, or economic activity which they will be free to test, follow, or ignore as they please. We hope to persuade them to provide feedback for us, so we can apply machine learning techniques including neural network modelling to produce suggestions that are better in two ways:
This may sound something like some nerd or technogeek's mad plan to get laid though devious high-tech means, which may not have been so very far from the truth, once -- the originator of these ideas and perpetrator of this web site may even occasionally admit that such a motive had crossed his mind in earlier days. But as he has aged and the fires have dampened down a bit, the overall idea has started to seem more valuable for it's overall effect on society as a whole, and for everyone in it, and less like a path to personal pleasure.
The idea has grown considerably over the years, until it now looks like a method of performing a lot of different services for people. The first form that has been posted at this site include a list of such services, which includes finding people jobs, friends, investments, places to live, people to share this with in various intimate or merely affectionate way, investors to fund projects and so on. Another take on the possible services to society has been written up as the proposal for an Internet-based company , a commercial venture that looks like it might be very profitable for somebody.
Actually the project just described, for social matching and social search of various kinds is only one of several ambitious projects based on the same technology. An overview of all (well, most) of them should illustrate the extent to which an overactive imagination can turn to a life of technological fantasy exceeding even the more animal fantasies of those years when the internal fires burned brightest.
For more information on this, see the SocialTechnology.ca home page , the progress report page , or various amusing pages at the personal site of the author of these lines, such as the discussion of Net Net Baud Rate , or the Bicycle and the Matching Transfomer .
New: Social Technology through Diagrams
New: Social Techs novel online
New: Social Technology Blog
New: Social Technology Wiki
The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology -- years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I've tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
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