Calling all Wizards, Artists, Space Cadets, Warriors, Saints and People that Care
Manifesting our collective imagination in the evolving fabric of cyberspace, through interactive multimedia is
Which "way" will Cyberspace Evolve?
Imaginet® For a list of Imaginet® services email the contact shown below. The goal of this site is two-fold: 1) To compel you to think, and 2) to solicit from you ideas about what future cyberspace should be, its capabilities, its relationship to humanity, and its potential influence on humanity.
The world is a rather complex place. There are different cultures, belief systems, and modes of everyday life. There are, however, two attributes of humanity that appear to be global: the various forms of governments (those who are trying to orchestrate and control things and populations), and the various peoples and cultures being governed. The thought that governments are necessary in order to make life better for the governed is an illusion, usually enthusiastically promoted by the governments. People caring for and trusting in...i.e., loving... each other is the only thing that can make life better. (See the Jonathan Gullible "A Free Market Odyssey" below for an eye-opening perspective on this.) However, the power and influence wielded by governments...manifested in many aspects of everyone's daily life, substantially complicates the ability of the governed to trust in and care for each other, i.e., to treat each other as we would be treated (the only rule we really need). And since the number one priority of any government is to ensure the continuation of its own existence, it is fallacy to think they will magically become the servants to the people they are supposed to be. But can their power and influence be mitigated such that humanity can guide itself towards a more humane existence, in spite of governments?
The thrust of this site is to pose just this question to you, or better, to your imagination. Cyberspace is steadily embedding itself, like it or not, into the fabric of life. Isn't it in everyone's interest to shape this growing social dimension such that, unlike governments that seem increasingly out of control, it facilitates a path towards a more trusting and caring world? But before we can use our collective imaginations intelligently to shape cyberspace, it would seem worthwhile to gain a valid perspective on what humanity has become...our current state.
Think of this site as a virtual canvas where we will attempt to paint, with observations and ideas, a current portrait of humanity. As we begin to recognize ourselves in this portrait, we'll begin to notice the parts of the portrait that we're not happy with. These areas for improvement will, hopefully, inspire our collective imagination with ideas for what we really want our portrait to reveal about us...enabling us to imagine ways for cyberspace to transform our current portrait into a global mural of love, understanding, trust, and compassion. One convenient aspect of our mission is that there is no preconceived sequence of things...ideas that paint our current portrait will naturally make suggestions for the mural, and ideas for the mural will no doubt originate in something noticed about the portrait.
Will your contributions help shape the portrait and the mural? The links below represent competing contributions of ideas that can, if viewed by enough people, shape the evolution of mankind...and through reaction to those ideas, help us imagine what future cyberspace should become. You must review the ideas yourself to determine which of them you believe should manifest in a growing human perspective, and which...if any...you sincerely hope do not. The collective human imagination is as diverse as humanity itself. Do you have a perspective to share? Is there a characteristic of humanity that you believe to be true that we need to contemplate? Send links to your vision, the truths that you see, the ideas you believe support or refute the ideas presented here to the email contact below. Inform the rest of us, as this site is attempting to inform you. If you envision a role cyberspace should play in humanity's evolution, let us know through the email contact below. Also, feel free to provide links to this site in your cyber activities...this is how awareness will grow. If you believe humanity needs to know about something, send in your links so they can learn about it here:
If you care about America, and the kind of country and world your progeny will inherit, I strongly urge you to watch the entire 6-part video at the following link, created by Richard C. Cook. Your eyes will be opened, and hopefully, you'll be enraged enough to get behind the movement advocated by Cook to solve our economic problems. This link was added April 2, 2009.
Many netizens have been thinking about the U.S. Constitution for a number of years, and are not only sickened at the trampling it has received at the hands of various government administrations, but have also examined it for how it might be improved...especially in such as way as would prevent future governmental misbehavior. Our goal is to preserve the original spirit and principles our Founding Fathers invested in it, and many of our ancestors paid the ultimate price for, while improving it in a very specific way. Thus we have come up with a 28th Amendment. We need your congressional representatives to get behind this Amendment for the good of the country. It's simple and realistic. Read it for yourself, and either urge your representatives to support it, or tell us why you choose not to. Isn't the country you will leave to your children and grandchildren worth a little effort now?
The emergence of the Internet marked the birth of something called Cyberspace. Initially developed by the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) to provide a mechanism for sharing information among research communities, the Internet has evolved to become a global communication environment for everyone who uses it. From simple email messages between individuals and groups of individuals, to all manner of web sites where people simply express themselves and/or companies advertise their products and services. The Internet hosts virtual worlds where avatar-based personalities interact through games and other online environments, topical forums and blogs, and many other features and capabilities yet to be developed. Used by organizations and individuals alike, the Internet has become something of a global white board where humanity collectively expressed itself in real time. The Internet is the beginning of Cyberspace...and provides the foundation for its evolution.
But how will Cyberspace evolve? What will be its continued effect on humanity? What will be the nature of Cyberspace in 20, 50, or a 100 years and beyond? How will it change us, our children and grandchildren, and all the future faces yet to join humanity? Have we become dependent on Cyberspace? Will this dependence increase? How critical will this dependence become? Is it critical now? How much havoc would be imposed on our daily lives if the Internet disappeared overnight? Will it be humanity's downfall, or will it save us from ourselves? Will it weaken our species, or will it strengthen and enlighten mankind, enabling it to harvest the wisdom of its collective history? Already many people use it to control their home environments when they're away, gamble in the stock markets, check up on their children home alone, pay their bills, go to college, share pictures and all kinds of other content with each other. It houses countless textual and audio/visual archives of just about everything. It's tentacles enable companies to monitor your purchasing habits and favorite stores, track your online movements, and include you in countless surveillance films and pictures without you even realizing it. It has already become a global repository of information, ideas, and entertainment, facilitating research on practically everything under the sun and beyond. So who or what will shape the evolution of Cyberspace? The answer, of course, is yet to be decided....and depends on you.
You might be thinking that it will be "we" that continues to shape the evolving Internet, this growing seed of a fast-arriving Cyberspace. But who is "we"? To date, the Internet has been primarily shaped by commercial ideas...ideas that manifest in an environment for conducting commerce. From the Internet Service Providers (ISP) that provide access, to the online store fronts where one can purchase just about anything, the Internet has evolved from the simple ability to exchange information among research groups to become an increasingly indespensable plank in a global commerce platform. But when you think of the Internet as the seed of an evolving Cyberspace, what does it say about humanity if we just allow its evolutionary path to continue to be dominated by commercial pursuits? Is Cyberspace destined to become more than essentially Earth's largest virtual cash register? Could it have an additional role to play in humanity's evolution?
Of course, there will always be a commercial dimension to Cyberspace. Communication lines, servers, software, routers, consumer electronics, and all the other technology the enables the Internet to function as it does don't grow on trees. The commerce incentive must be there, and after all, it is largely responsible for the Internet that exists today. Many organizations (e.g., businesses, governments) and millions of individuals will continue to shape Cyberspace as they have to date. But the beautiful thing is that the technology infrastructure that makes the Internet what it is, and enables all that commerce, also supports non-commercial endeavors limited only by humanity's imagination. While the motivations of commercial/government organizations are generally quite obvious (e.g., advertize, earn profits, innovate, collect information), no mechanism has yet appeared to provide a general repository for the ideas of individuals... a "clearing house" for humanity's "cyber imagination" if you will.... a place where regular folks can express their hopes (and fears) about the future of Cyberspace. This brings us to the purpose of this web site.
The future of Cyberspace begins anew each day. "We" are responsible for what it becomes. Should it evolve to enslave humanity, we will have only ourselves to blame. Should it evolve to serve a more humane human agenda, then we will have only our imaginations, combined with our efforts to manifest that imagination, to thank. The Cyberagenda mission is to create and maintain a collaborative online space where responsible people can help shape the evolution of the evolving cyberspace, and hence, influence the nature of a cyber-enhanced civilization. Will a cyber-enhanced humanity become callously blind to its own needs, character, and purpose, unthinkingly following the ring of the cash register? - OR - Will it instead become a "cyber enlightened" society, accepting the necessity... and enjoying the convenience...of the commercial dimension of cyberspace, while also insisting that it evolves in such a way that it reflects our collective human character, helps us find (and stay on) the appropriate human path, and inspires and strengthens us to face the challenges we will encounter on the (hopefully) eternal road ahead? The choice is yours.
Cyberagenda Status and Tools
A sister site, www.cyberagenda.org, shares the mission of this site from a non-technical perspective. This site (www.cyberagenda.net) is a repository for Imaginet interactive multimedia services, and other technically-oriented ideas and tools for shaping the future of Cyberspace. The sister site, www.cyberagenda.org, will provide a repository of ideas and discussions (e.g., social, political, inter-relational, concerns, desired capabilities) for the cyberspace themes involving its evolution but yet to be produced. The general thought is that those looking for ideas to produce in interactive multimedia (i.e., the technical community) will peruse the ideas expressed on the www.cyberagenda.org site and either develop, or propose development approaches for, those interactive multimedia ideas that are reasonable and feasible to develop.