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1 Supercomputer Earth The Future of Civilization (& Africa's part in it)‏ December 4 th 2008, Goethe-Zentrum Windhoek, Namibia Christian Heller ( http://www.plomlompom.de )‏http://www.plomlompom.de

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3 The last 500,000 years speech, language (500,000-50,000 years)‏ graphical symbols, writing (35,000-5,000 years)‏ abacus, library (5,000-2,500 years)‏ printing (1,500-500 years)‏ digital computing machines (350-150 years)‏ real-time telecommunication (150 years)‏ computer networks (40 years)‏ world wide web (15 years)‏

4 “Internet map” Source: Wikimedia Commons / Matt Britt ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Matt_Britt )‏http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Matt_Britt ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Internet_map_1024.jpg )‏http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Internet_map_1024.jpg License: Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.5 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ )‏http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

5 Evolution of the Web / Web 2.0 participation made easier, standardized  usability standards, friendly design  standards for data formats & interconnections more ways and new scales of participation  anyone can publish, comment on, edit, rate, name, tag, sort, link anything anywhere anytime wiring massive user input into intelligence  “people who bought x also bought...”  new intelligence methods as business models

6 Sections from “LOGO 2.0” by Ludwig Gatzke ( http://flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/ )‏http://flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/ Licensed under Creative-Commons-BY-NC-SA http://flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/93136022/ http://flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/101793493/

7 Some techniques & examples uploading media....... YouTube.com, Flickr.com open source design................ SourceForge.net wiki.............................................. Wikipedia.org feeds................... Blogspot.com, Bloglines.com social networks.......................... Facebook.com social bookmarking & tagging........... del.icio.us crowdsourcing................................. MTurk.com anything......................................... Google.com

8 Twitter.com

9 Growth of the global supercomputer thinking brain matter  more humans, more intelligent brain matter  growing % flows into global intellectual enterprises artificial information storage & computing  Moore's law  improving problem-solving algorithms synthesis  wiring up growing intelligences of brain & machine  extend intelligence network to other matter

10 “nabaztag” Source: Flickr / David Haberthür ( http://habi.gna.ch/ )‏http://habi.gna.ch/ ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/habi/288065866/ )‏http://www.flickr.com/photos/habi/288065866/ License: Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en )‏http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

11 Everything interfacing everything new user interfaces  from keyboards to touchscreens  from joysticks to accelerometers  from mouses to direct neural interfaces the internet of things  mobile devices  GPS (Global Positioning System)‏  RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)‏

12 “Reigh's Brain rlwat2b” Source: Flickr / Reigh LeBlanc ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighleblanc/‏ )‏http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighleblanc/ ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighleblanc/1372175973/‏ )‏http://www.flickr.com/photos/reighleblanc/1372175973/ License: Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en )‏http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

13 Supercomputer Earth at work physical production  open source 3D printing; RepRap.org  extend to future nano assemblers energy  intelligently self-organizing energy grids  centralization vs. decentralization biotechnology  crowdsourcing science; InnoCentive.com  Freeman Dyson: bio-engineering kits for every child

14 “'Paradigm Shifts for 15 Lists of Key Events” Source: Wikimedia Commons / Ray Kurzweil ( http://www.kurzweilai.net/ )‏http://www.kurzweilai.net/ ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:ParadigmShiftsFrr15Events.svg )‏http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:ParadigmShiftsFrr15Events.svg License: Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/1.0/ )‏http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/1.0/

15 Development models Teilhard de Chardin  Noosphere, Omega Point Ray Kurzweil  Accelerating Change Vernor Vinge  Technological Singularity

16 Africa's part?

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18 “leapfrogging” jumping directly into newest technology  by-passing older forms  avoiding certain intermediary problems  avoiding the burden of old infrastructure examples & opportunities for Africa  internet adress space: IPv6  decentralized, alternative energy  wireless telecommunication

19 “'SMS till you drop' -- mobile phone ad on van in Kampala, Uganda” Source: Flickr / FutureAtlas.com ( http://futureatlas.com/blog/‏ )‏http://futureatlas.com/blog/ ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/87913776@N00/305425495/ )‏http://www.flickr.com/photos/87913776@N00/305425495/ License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en‏ )‏http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

20 Mobile telecommunication in Africa explosive growth original, unexpected uses examples for use  collective use of devices & pre-paid credits  information & help services via SMS  micro finance / banking via SMS

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22 Africa's Supercomputer support acceleration through leapfrogging technological ideas through special situations unexpected contacts crowdsourcing potential? solar energy?

23 Links Wikipedia.org on “Web 2.0”, “Technological Singularity” and just about anything else InternetWorldStats.com “The Impact of Mobile Phones in Africa”  http://commissionforafrica.org/english/report/background/scott_et_al_background.pdf JanChipchase.com Ubuntu.com


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