Re: The Halloween document

Bernard Hughes (
Wed, 04 Nov 1998 12:21:59 -0330

Max M wrote:

> Well many of you are probably already aware of this document, but here is a
> link. An interresting read for those interrested in open source software.

Very interesting, and it prompted me to look at Eric Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"

a famous analysis of the open source process. Seems to me the open source process is an example of using the Net to increase collective intelligence. (The collective intelligence route to the Singularity). I was struck by Eric's comments on the kind of problem that scales well to large numbers of independent agents. In particular, debugging a rough cut of a solution to the problem benefits from the many different viewpoints of the participants. To make it work though, all participants must have a common agreement on the goal.

Perhaps other problems could be restated as debugging a rough cut of a solution, and use this process. In particular, my current interest, tuning web site performance, should be open to this. Anyone else got suggestions for suitable problems?


Bernard J Hughes
Timedancer Systems
 -- Creative Laziness at its best --