The G+ Mind and the coming global change
There is a passage in The Way of the Mean
(a Confucian text) that simply states “What is within, will be manifested without". It has a powerful simplicity that draws a direct line of connection from what happens inside our heads to what takes place in the outside world. Things are not quite that
simple (which is why we have not yet changed the world) but they are not that dissimilar in their connections either.
One of the keys in semantic search is machine learning and its ability to cluster nodes (pieces of data) based upon their relational connections (edges), automatically and scaleably identifying the semantic values between them and surfacing their information based upon the network structure. This works well whether we are mapping something as trite as co-star relations amongst actors or something as ‘grave’ as citations in scientific papers.
The reason all this is important (and there is a paper you could go through that details some of the logic: http://goo.gl/bBNvPJ
) is because within G+ our connections, activities, comments and interactions are machine-read and clustered ascribing a specific value to the subset (and us within it), - yeah a kind of Author Rank activity that takes all our signals and determines first what they mean, second the quality of our individual subset and thirdly its impact within the group, based upon the complexity and evolution of our relational interactions.
Is your noodle not melted yet? Wait for it: the path that all this goes through (determined by an algorithm) closely mirrors our internal decision making process whereby the brain ascribe specific values to situations and qualities, gauges their impact and leads down a path where logic or emotion govern a decision that leads to our wellbeing.
What’s more, this process where our internal belief structures acquire a “node” and “edge” status so that they can be processed, is itself impacted upon by the outside world. In plain speak, no external change can ever happen if we cannot think it. Every external change is mirrored by subtle shifts in our own understanding of ourselves within the world. Just like you cannot think of the world (in a complete sense) without us in it, you cannot think of the value of the G+ network without taking into account the complexities of our relationships within it. (And you should really check out the (+NOD3x
a semantic analysis tool that if you’re not using, you should be
). More and more of us are ‘discovering’ people we value, seemingly by chance through the threads of others and our connection with them. None of it is accidental. The network, like our minds, is busy forging new connections, semantically enriching itself. The world is changing, by degrees, just as we are.
Thursday, right? I know, too little sleep and too much coffee have that effect on me too. Have a great day wherever you may be.