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Natural and non-natural information and smart niches

December 3, 2018

The distinction between natural and non-natural information is highlighted by Laurence Kirmayer, that on my opinion helps to define the smartness concept in modern artificially enhanced systems. Particularly smartness is created by a loop – from self-organised individuals’ meanings, values and actions the data are aggregated and patterned using algorithms to form collective knowledge, and […]

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Quieting the Niche – the withdrawal from the space of commons

December 3, 2018

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum have addressed the methodology of countersurveillance to digital surveillance by developing the notion of ‘obfuscation’, a means of neutralising corporate surveillance via data collection and analysis, whereby individuals utilise certain methods to—using an analogy from cybernetics— introduce ‘noise’ into their signals, in order to produce “misleading, false, or ambiguous data […]

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connectivity through (digital)ecosystem engineering that influences niche construction of communities

October 7, 2010

I found a nice paper in which Kevin Laland, the author of influential book Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution (2003) has co-written the paper of human niche construction from the archeological perspective. Thanks to Emanuele Bardone from Pavia Computational Philosophy Lab i got the file in the morning! It is interesting from the […]

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Spatial niches of medieval knights

May 19, 2010

Anatole Fuksas, has been explaining the niche ideas in medieval courtly novels. I find the following points really interesting because for me they are related with tags as space dimensions and how we may create such spaces in course of action, what such spaces might allow us, and how we perceive and interact with the […]

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Traces and niches

October 6, 2008

Here is a conceptual scheme of how activity patterns are related to niches. This is a continuation of describing how activity traces are emergent and useful in planning for individual learning paths with social media.