Date archives "January 2006"

Who owns ‘the wisdom of crowds’

This is related to our earlier posts about Antigoras and netarchical capitalism, which refers to a new breed of companies that develop through enabling participatory platforms, while the Antigoras article of Jaron Lanier pointed to the dangers of new monopolies. Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine, tackles this contradiction between community production and private appropriation head on,… Continue reading

Introduction to “intellectual contributions” theory, Nicholas Bentley

Nicholas Bentley sent us the following contribution, which he introduces as follows, to distinguish it from the General Public License and Creative Commons efforts: The principle difference between what I propose and GPL/CC is that I recognise that most content probably is and needs to be in the common domain but at the same time… Continue reading

The hypothesis of Netarchical Capitalism

This entry refers to the debate mentioned in previous post, on the emergence of Antigoras. Since the related hypothesis of netarchical capitalism is not yet published online, I’m republishing it here from my offline manuscript: The citation follows the sections where I describe more in details the theories of cognitive capitalism and the vectoral class…. Continue reading

P2P, Netarchical capitalism, Protocollary Power and Jaron Lanier’s Antigoras

The following is a very interesting essay by Jaron Lanier, well-known as a VR pioneer, about the emergence of Antigoras, participatory platforms which profit from huge amounts of periphery labour and increasingly present users with a situation of ‘lock-in’. In our essay on P2P Theory, there are several elements which link to the points made… Continue reading

The logic of affinity vs. the logic of hegemony

Michel Bauwens There is an interesting presentation at the Ungrammatical Multitude blog which counterposes the logic of hegemony and the logic of affinity. It refers to a book by Richard Day, Gramsci is Dead, Gramsci being the foremost theoretician of hegemony. In political strategy, the old leftist view was antagonist, two ‘classes’ fighting for hegemony,… Continue reading

Transhumanism and peer to peer: Amor Mundi and the transhumanist left

Michel Bauwens: The transhumanist movement, as a movement uniting those in favor of technological augmentation of the human potential, is too often identified with the extreme anarchocapitalist libertarians such as the Extropians. There is also a left to this movement, and among the sources to encounter this type of thinking is the Amor Mundi blog… Continue reading