Re: META: To my Colleague Extropians

From: Natasha Vita-More (
Date: Wed May 02 2001 - 16:54:04 MDT


Natasha Vita-More wrote:

>>A smart ranking device would not rely on the emotions and fancies of any
one poster, but on the architecture of extopian thinking.<<

>A smart ranking device would give each poster exactly the kind of posts she
wants. Because he wouldn't read them, anyway, regardless how clever they
would appear to others.<

If the smart ranking device did not read the posts, it would not be able to
appraise the content of the post. If it only went by the subject line,
anyone could trick the device. Here is another issue -- not all the
information we might want to review is actually what we need to review. If
the device were built on extropic content-architecture, then it would
encourage diversity and assist individual growth by suggesting alternative
or additional reading material.

>There can't be a single metric. It wouldn't only be pointless, it would
squish diversity. So attaching to each listener his personal metric would be
only fair. Doing cluster crunching ("related", i.e. poster XY found the
stuff cool you also found cool, so you're members of the same cluster) is
then always possible, since the matrix is best stored server-side, anyway.<

I agree that there cannot be a single metric. Extropy is not built on a
single metric. The device would have to filter for individual preference
and also trouble shoot-mining data that could be beneficial to the
individual's future needs. (Good friends do this: "'gene, why not try the
other club/beer for a change.")



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