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I went looking for a nice under-construction gif image for these pages, only to discover a campaign to put an end to such symbols, by people irritated beyond measure by the overabundance of excuses and apologies.   So, no gif , and I’ll refrain from pointing out what will be obvious from an inspection of this text.

Points of View

Power and Influence Structures

The Role of Requirements Analysis in Social Technology

What is combinatorial optimization? What has it to do with jobs?

Comparison with Nanotechnolgy

Acronymic language

Impedance

Eigenvectors and Archetypes

Academia

Feasibility

Social Filtering

Linearity

Some philosophical thoughts

About these pages, with pagelist


Copyright © 1998 Douglas P. Wilson    



Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

Combinatorial Optimization and Society

Another Old Index Page


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The content for this page is temporarily missing. Please follow one of the links given below for general information about this Social Technology site, or to search for some of the material which should have been on this page. It is probably somewhere in the site on a different page.


Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

Urgent Needs


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c:besthtmlwhatisco.html What is Combinatorial Optimization?

Why you need have no fear of being “optimized”

And what does it have to do with jobs?

Optimization just means “finding the best”, and the word `combinatorial’ is just a six syllable way of saying that the problem involves discrete choices, unlike the older and better known kind of optimization which seeks to find numerical values.

The employment or assignment problem, matching people with jobs, is a what used to be called a pigeonhole problem. There are a number of discrete slots, or pigeonholes, which we might number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, … and there are a number of objects, A, B, C, D, E, F, … which have to be put in the most appropriate pigeonhole. We call assignment of objects to slots a feasible solution if assigns each object to a unique slot. Here are some feasible solutions:

1A, 2B, 3C, 4D, 5E, 6F, … (simplistic initial solution, match in order listed)

1B, 2A, 3D, 4C, 5F, 6E, … (start with initial solution, swap pairs)

If there are N slots and equally many objects, then there are N ways of assigning the first object, N-1 ways of assigning the second object and so on, so that the number of solutions is N! (which is pronounced “factorial N”). If there are 3 slots, there are 6 different feasible solutions: 1A, 2B, 3C 1A, 2C, 3B 1B, 2A, 3C 1B, 2C, 3A 1C, 2A, 3B 1C, 2B, 3A

But, if there are 6 slots and objects, there are 720 feasible solutions, if there are 12 slots and objects there are 479 Million different solutions, and if there are 24 different slots and objects the number of feasible solutions is 6.2045 times 10 to the 23rd power.

The technical term for this is Combinatorial Explosion — the explosively rapid increase in the number of possibilities with the number of items to be assigned.

Suppose we are dealing with a small company that has 50 employees. If everyone was interchangeable with everone else, so you could really give any job to any person, then we would be actually dealing with the pigeonhole problem, and the number of possible ways of assigning people to jobs is 3.0414 times 10 the the power of 64. But, more realistically, suppose that each person is only suited to two jobs out of the 50. Then the number of different feasible solutions is about 2 to the 50th power, which is 1,125,899,906,842,624 or about one million billion.

When the search-space or solution-space of feasible solutions is very large, the chances that any real solution arrived at by management is actually a good solution becomes very small. The solution-space is too big to search in any effective way, so people just pick the best solution they happen to stumble across.

This creates what I call the job-mismatch problem: most people are in the wrong job because finding the right jobs for everybody is a combinatorial nightmare: too many choices.

To my way of thinking, the unemployment problems facing many nations today  is just the tip of the job-mismatch iceberg. It is so hard to match up people to jobs that lots of people just don’t get assigned to jobs at all.

I admit that there may be job shortages in very specific situations, but I’m convinced that on the whole, unemployment just a combinatorial problem, not a job shortage problem. If you insist that you are a coal miner and nothing but a coal miner, and you insist in living in the same town you have always lived in, and refuse to travel long distances to work, then there may indeed be a job shortage when the only pit in town closes. But in general, there’s no job shortage.

Actually, the very idea of a job is a relic of earlier centuries. We can say instead that there are many tasks to be done and many people who are available to do them. The real combinatorial optimization problem is not matching people to jobs, but the ongoing problem of matching people to tasks. Having a set or sequence of tasks grouped together into a job, then finding a person to do that job is actually just a crude way of approaching the harder problem of finding people to do the specific tasks.

So there are at least two ways in which all this talk about unemployment is completely off-the-rails: first, it is not an economic problem involving job shortages, it is a combinatorial optimization problem. Second, it is not about jobs at all, it is about matching people up with specific tasks.

The point here is not just that everyone else has been addressing the wrong problem, but that nobody has dealt with the problem in the right way at all.

Jobs seem to depend on economics, since high unemployment and poor economic conditions coincide.  Unemployment seems to result from poor economic conditions — indeed, we often see companies in trouble laying off employees.

But I think we have the causal connection the wrong way around: I think economic conditions depend on how well we solve the job-mismatch problem.  Companies do fail because of bad management, but if it was easy for people to find  good jobs, those employees would have found other jobs long before the company got to the point of laying off workers.   People hang around in dead end jobs or in companies doomed by bad management because they feel they have no choice: it is too hard to find another job.

Unfortunately, we haven’t addressed the problem in the way software and systems engineers do — instead we leave it to politicians, whose only qualification seems to be the ability to get elected to public office.

Any qualified software engineer faced with a problem in which certain items were not finding slots would immediately look at the more general problem of matching items to slots, and would be certain to investigate the combinatorial aspects of the problem.

Let me generalize a bit: we need to match people to tasks, but we also need to match people with co-workers. In fact, almost all social problems involve matching and optimization.

Underlying almost all the social ills of our society is the combinatorial explosion of possibilities and the lack of adequate techniques for reducing the size of the search space.   Technology based on combinatorial optimization theory can provide ways around such problems.  It turns out that the “assignment problem” or “bipartite matching problem” is quite approachable — computationally intensive, but approachable.  There are good algorithms for solving it.

One of the strong claims made by Soviet ideologists was that they had no unemployment because of  the advantages of central planning.  They were wrong.   Essentially they thought that they could solve the assignment problem for a society of millions of people by having a central core of  bureaucrats figure out who should do what, and they were wrong.   But exactly why were they wrong?  

 It all comes down to the size of the problem.  Assignment problems are roughly O(3) problems, meaning that the amount of work needed to solve them depends on the cube of the number of elements (that’s for Gabor’s algorithm).  Matching a few thousand nodes can take 30 minutes or so on my aging 120 Mhz Pentium, but matching a few million nodes (a thousand times as many) would take not 1000 times as long but 1,000,000,000 times as long.

Even if they had all the job-suitability, or skills and aptitude data already prepared, just doing the calculations involved in matching 50 or 100 million people to jobs would have taken more computing power than existed on earth at the time at the time the Soviet Union dissolved.

Clever approximation algorithms could probably approximate a good solution using computing power that is available today, but that could only be true if the true problem had been properly addressed.


Copyright © 1993, 1995, and 1998  Douglas P. Wilson    



Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

Doug Wilson’s Home Page

Jobs

Another Old Index Page

What’s New?

Work-In-Progress


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This page contained a thank you for people who had cooperated by filling in forms, signing up for mailing lists, or offering to help.  Your help is still desired, and you will receive plenty of thanks if you provide it.

For now, please just look at the links below.



Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

List of Thank You Pages

List of &nbsp Thank You Pages


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This is a very old page, and most of the links on it will be broken.  It is included only to illustrate a point — not using your own name or ordinary e-mail address in the forms (once included, now deactivated, soon to reappear) which were on these pages.

Free E-Mail (WebMail) Services

All participants in the (currently nameless) social matching project at SocialTechnology.ca are asked to get a new e-mail address that they can use exclusively for that project. The reasons are very important, so they are reproduced here. If you have already read them, you can go directly to the list . If you become a participant in the project, here is what you will be told:

Please do NOT use your own name or ordinary e-mail address in any of our forms.    The user name given here should be an alias chosen to conceal your identity, and the e-mail address should be one obtained specifically for this purpose from one of the services which provides free webmail .   If you haven’t obtained a suitable e-mail address, please do so now.   Just go to a webmail service like myownemail (at http://OldPages.SocialTechnology.ca/InvalidExternalLink.html) or webbox  (http://www.webbox.com/) , both recommended by usually reliable reviewers, and follow the instructions on their page for getting a free webmail address.

 Please select an e-mail address your friends and family won’t be able to guess — your complete privacy and anonymity are important.   The best way and only practical method we’ve got for preserving privacy and security is if none of us know who anybody is and so nobody can identify the people who filled out any of the forms in any way — except by a mysterious e-mail address that they don’t use for any other purpose at all.  We don’t want to know who anybody is, we only need to know some way of linking the various forms together so that we can combine the answers a person gave on one form with those given on the others  —  and, of course, we need an e-mail address that we can send the results to.

Please take your own privacy and security needs seriously.  We know this is an inconvenience, but it is something important.   Of course we will protect the privacy of people who do use their own address — we’ll try hard to do so — but privacy and security aren’t the only problems with using your ordinary address: if you know that at least one person might know who you are,  your answers will be affected, not being quite as open as otherwise.   Even the best of us changes our behaviour in many ways when others may be watching.   So, if you did fill in a form and used your ordinary address, please consider getting a new address and filling out that form again.

Anyway, the sermon is over and we can move on to the list of webmail providers.

The List

This list is nowhere near complete, and an entry on it does not count as a recommendation . This list is here merely as a convenience.   But we have been informed by ususally reliable reviewers that the first two services on this list are pretty good.   A form for providing service reviews online will be available soon.

myownemail

webbox

ZipMax.com:E-Mail

Intercot’s Free Mousehut WebMail

Classified2000 FREE WebMail

YouHaveMail free e-mail

peacetour.com webmail

webmail .net.nz — free Webmail .

FREE WebMail

Max Power – Signup for ZZN Mail account

ByteNet Online Free WebMail

BootBox.Net – Free Web-Based E-Mail – @bootbox.net

DARK HORSE Free Web Mail Login Page

SuperWebMail! – Webmail you can trust [TM]

Bienvenidos a Correo Mardelsitios  

Honda Web Email

prir-l Media announcement on free webmail .

Saturnalia Introduces Free SaturnFans Webmail

ITC WebMail – Powered by chek.com – inthecrease.com – In the Crease

Freeserve Homepages Webmail Register !

Everyone.net – Helping Your Site Succeed

The Better Golf Institute Web Mail Log in

Mailgate: comp.mail.mush: Free Webmail that really works, works

OpSyMAIL

Hotmail

Starmail

Free web page services like the following also provide free e-mail:

Geocities

Angelfire

and so do some search engine sites like

Yahoo


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Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

Easy Introduction

Steps for Participants

What Do You Want Now


Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

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c:besthtmlwebdesign.html Web Interface — Analysis and Design

This page will be a brief analysis and somewhat longer design for the web interface to be provided for the prototype software discussed on these pages. It is currently little more than a placeholder, so that pages that must refer to the web interface can go ahead and include the link to this page without thereby creating yet another embarassing dead link.

Analysis — What’s Required

It has to be interesting.  Fun, if possible.  It has to demonstrate the basic ideas so people have some hope of understanding them. It has to hint strongly at great things to come, to inspire people to look back here again.

That’s all true, but what specific requirements are to be met?  That’s still an open question, but here are a few notes:

  • it has to collect data for offline analysis, (but …)
  • it has to be an online interactive interface that people can get immediate feedback from
  • it has to run mostly on the users own machine, as client-side intensive software, (using Javascript or Java) not on the server side (using Perl or PHP) except where necessary
  • it must demonstrate as much as possible of the prototype software, even those parts hard for people to understand
  • it must provide for people to download and use much of that software on their own machines, and support that use with online explanation and help
  • it has to encourage others to help and provide mechanisms for them to find what they might help with and coordinate their work with others.

(much more analysis is needed, and will follow as soon as possible …)

Design — How to Build It

Most of the design work is yet to be done, and most of what has been done remains entirely in Doug Wilson’s disorganized brain.  Here are some design notes, representing just a small part of that work:

  • ordinary HTML forms will be used, such as the one now on the What Do You Want? page, and the data submitted with these forms will (at least) be mailed for offline processing
  • that data should also be mailed back to the user, not only for confirmation, but so that the user can do some offline processing with downloaded software
  • when possible, data collected by forms should also be processed online to provide more immediate user feedback — this will meaning having online some other data for comparison purposes, either data previously collected, or existing social survey data
  • comparisons can be represented as scattergrams, showing a representative sampling of other user data, possibly resampled, in one colour with the position of the user in that data slice shown as a distinctive other colour
  • as soon as possible some use of existing social survey data for online demos will be provided as a teaching tool, and to explain what we can and will do with user data
  • matching for the various purposes listed in the CASA Proposal and outlined on the original What Do You Want? form will probably have to occur offline
  • the results of bipartite matching will be a suggested match for each person, company, (…group, etc.) with some person (etc.) and this will be communicated in some way to the people or companies involved using some kind of protocol that will allow the interested parties to communicate while remaining anonymous until they learn more about each other
  • as well as online or e-mail suggestions with confidentiality protocol, a real world approach would be to suggest meetings in groups by suggesting times and places for people to meet, where each meeting will include as many mutually-compatible individuals as possible, but without them knowing who may be compatible for what purposes
  • througout this process feedback from the users will be collected with online forms — the exact way in which this feedback will be used is an enormous issue of itself, but in general it will be used with something like the generali
  • as well as matching people, organizations, and other things, as suggested in the CASA Proposal, use of information obtained by spiders about web sites and web pages, together with information about those sites and pages from their owners, can be used with numerical methods for site mapping, mapping the Internet, suggesting useful links, and other purposes that use some of the prototype software but are not matching problems in the usual sense

These are just notes, hardly even the beginning of a design, but they hint at design directions and will be followed by explicit material as it becomes available.   For more information, see the How It Works page , the (still rather sketchy) Web Interface Design page , and  you might also look at the more journal-like record of dealing with the frustrating tools and techniques of web interface programming, on the page about Putting it on the Web .

(this page is very much under construction … for some of the information that should follow right here, please see … )



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Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

How It Works

Progress Report — (old)

Putting It Up on the Web

Web Interface — Analysis and Design


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The content for this page is temporarily missing. Please follow one of the links given below for general information about this Social Technology site, or to search for some of the material which should have been on this page. It is probably somewhere in the site on a different page.


Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


Cross-References:

Urgent Needs


Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

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c:besthtmlwdywnojv.html What Do You Want Now

This page is entirely obsolute, though it may be interesting as an example.  It remains on the site for information purposes and as a target for links on other pages which would otherwise be broken.

We are sorry, but THIS FORM HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED and should not be used. But please read it anyway.

This browser-challenged version is currently the only one working, please use it even if your browser is new.

A new free service will help people make good social connections, better than you can probably imagine.  Please follow the links below to see what this service can do for you, and fill out this form to tell us what you want the most.   Each line in the form is both a link and a question.   Try following a link or two before thinking of it as a form.   Read the instructions below the form first!


(New, December 9, 2000  — all the links on this page now go somewhere)

       Rating   Description            Rating Scale:  1 (want least) to 10 (want most).

  • a good job
  • new friends
  • partners for business ventures
  • education
  • romantic love
  • a place to live
  • roommates or house mates
  • sexual relationships
  • political activities
  • e-mail penpals and mailing lists
  • a mentor or advisor
  • a young person to advise and instruct
  • good employees
  • a social or political cause
  • a co-authors to help write something
  • other athletes to train with
  • comfortable or stimulating social events
  • good books to read, videos to see, music to listen to
  • s ports and games to play, and people to play with
  • new enterprises to invest in
  • discussion groups

    Did we forget something?  Supply your own matching problem and rate its importance.  As above, the short field is the rating, the long one next to it is a description of the problem.  Below each item you may include the URL for a page about that matching problem, if you know of one.

    • User Identification

      For the following fields, please do NOT use your own name or ordinary e-mail address .    The user name given here should be an alias chosen to conceal your identity, and the e-mail address should be one obtained specifically for this purpose from one of the services which provides free webmail.   See below for instructions.

      user name e-mail address password

      Don’t touch this button if you haven’t read the instructions yet.

      This form is more complicated than it may appear and it would be easy to make a serious mistake. It is easy to get the scale backwards, confusing it with a Letterman Top 10 list.   It isn’t like that. It would be easy to mix up importance to you (right now) with importance to society (as estimated by you). It’s the former, not the latter. There are other possible problems as well, so please read everything that follows before trying to fill out anything on the form.

      Instructions

      Answer Honestly, Or Leave Fields Blank

      The only field on this form you must fill in is the e-mail address.   Even the user name and password can be left blank, though we don’t recommend that.   All other fields on this form are optional.   Please don’t give in to the temptation to lie on this or any other form.   That won’t help you, us, or anyone.   If you don’t want to give an honest answer to any of our questions, just leave it blank.  You won’t get a better job or a prettier girlfriend by fiddling with the numbers; all you will get is an inappropriate job and mismatched girlfriend.

      Rating Scale and How to Use It.

      This is a simple scale from 1 to 10, just like in all the silly magazine questionaires.   If you want something more sophisticated, a better version of this form may be available.   Click here to find out.   If it’s not available yet, or you actually prefer this version, just follow these instructions:

      • Place a number from 1 (least wanted) to 10 (most wanted) in the box beside each link.
      • You may leave blanks empty if you don’t know or don’t want to answer.
      • Ideally you should have just one item with a 1 beside it and just one item with a 10 beside it, but if nothing in the list above is that important or that worthless to you, you can use less extreme ratings.
      • Please don’t give all the items listed the same rating, as that tells us very little about you.
      • This form asks what you want right now, not how important these things are to society. Another form will cover overall importance to humanity.
      • You should give a low rating like 1 or 2 for things you don’t want right now, regardless of why you don’t want them at this particular time.
      • You should give a low rating like 1 or 2 for things you don’t want right now even if the only reason you aren’t looking for them is that you are satisfied with what you already have in that area. For example, if you have a good job you love doing, you should put a 1 (lowest rating) beside “a good job” because you’re not looking for a new job right now.
      • You should give a high rating like 9 or 10 for things you very much do want right now, regardless of why you happen to want them.
      • You should give a high rating like 9 or 10 for things you do want very much right now, even if you don’t think them very important to society as a whole. For example, if you don’t think sports are really important to society, but still have a passion for them and badly want to find a good team to play with, then you should put a 10 beside “sports and games to play, and people to play with”.

      Browser Challenged Version

      This form exists in various versions. You are now looking at a version designed for people with browser disabilities — no frames, no javascript, or no cookies. If you think you have all of those capabilities available and enabled in your browser, follow this link for the [BROKEN] more convenient version [DO NOT USE] that makes full use of them, or at least will make full use of them once I fix all the little bugs they inspir e.

      The most serious difference is that without frames, javascript, and cookies, user authentication is more difficult.   Until a reliable and efficient CGI-only user authentication system is ready the easiest approach is simply to require e-mail verification.   Therefore the filled-in form is not e-mailed to us, but to you , and you must then forward it to us.   The completed form will be mailed to the e-mail address given above.   After completing and submitting the form, go to that address and forward the form to sotechmail@home.com  — that address will be visible at the top of the message so you don’t need to note it now.

      Again, please do NOT use your own name or ordinary e-mail address in the form above.    The user name given here should be an alias chosen to conceal your identity, and the e-mail address should be one obtained specifically for this purpose from one of the services which provides free webmail .   If you haven’t obtained a suitable e-mail address, please do so now.   Click here for help .  (This link seems to die from time to time — if it is dead when you find it, just go to a webmail service like myownemail (at http://OldPages.SocialTechnology.ca/InvalidExternalLink.html) or webbox (http://www.webbox.com/) , both recommended by reliable reviewers, and follow the instructions on their page for getting a free webmail address.  Click here to do try another page that might be ok.  But please select an e-mail address your friends and family won’t be able to guess — your complete privacy and anonymity are important.  — dpw)

      Please understand: We don’t want to know who you are.
      We need to be able to tell if the same person who filled out this form filled out previous or subsequent ones, but we don’t need to know your actual name. So please use an alias, preferably one that people won’t easily guess. Please do not supply information which would serve to identify you. As long as you never supply such information, then you can feel free to be honest and forthcoming with other information you might be tempted to fudge a bit if your identity was known.


      How You Can Help

      The quality of this service depends on the number of people involved.  Inviting other people to participate will improve this service and help us all.   Therefore, all  of  the webpages on the SocialTechnology.ca website that are part of this project contain a section like this which asks the user to recommend the site to other users.   See these Links for more information.

      Please Mail Our URL 

      You may wish to recommend this page to other web users.  The best way to do that is always to include the URL yourself in a personal message, but we can provide a more convenient method.  If you provide a list of e-mail addresses in the space below, each of them will receive an e-mail message telling them of this website and this webpage. Please only supply addresses for people you know personally. You can recommend our site to people you know have web access by entering their e-mail addresses here:


      Mail the Main Form to Browser-less Beings

      If this page includes a form other than the one immediately above here or the similar one just below, you may wish to send an e-mail-only version of that form to other people of your acquaintance who use e-mail but do not have access to the web.   Eventually we want everybody to fill out these forms, even people who don’t normally have e-mail access. You can send people who might not have web access an e-mail oriented version of the main form on this page by entering their e-mail addresses below.   Please only supply e-mail addresses for people you know personally.


      Links

      This site is under construction, so some of the links here may not yet go to real pages.   They are not dead links, exactly, more like links trying to be born. Forms Index Original SocialTechnology.ca home page Site Map New SocialTechnology.ca Home Page Please add a link to this page from your own Project Planning Page Doug Wilson’s home page Project Progress Page

      Copyright © 2000 Douglas P. Wilson



      Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

      Other relevant content:

      New: Social Technology through Diagrams

      New: Social Techs novel online

      New: Social Technology Blog

      New: Social Technology Wiki

      Please see these web pages:

      The main Social Technology page.

      Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

      Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

      Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


      Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

      Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

      Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

      Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

      Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

      I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

      Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

      By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

      As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

      In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

      I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


      This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

      Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

      Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

      I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


      Cross-References:

      Easy Introduction

      E-Mail-Only Form Sample

      Friends

      Jobs

      The ABCs of Naming

      Progress Report — (old)

      Finding Romantic Love

      Finding Compatible People for Sexual Relationships

      Technical Information


      Copyright © 2009   Douglas Pardoe Wilson

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(circa 1998)

I am trying to expand my collection of web pages to include other topics, such as computer programming languages, operating systems, and politics , and will add such links occasionally — so please check back here from time to time, to see what’s new.   I should have a “What’s New” page, I guess, but for now I’ll just add links to the new stuff here, where it will stay until linked in with existing text.

Here is what is new as of  Saturday, January 9th, 1999:

A page about the Global Ideas Bank at the Institute for Social Inventions and the prizes they offer for the best new ideas.

Two ideas from Nicholas Albery, chairman of the Institute for Social Inventions and editor of  “The Book of Visions” and “World’s Best Ideas” and other ISI publications.

Here’s what was new as of Sunday, Dec. 20th, 1998 —

An easier and less controversial matching problem, matching people for communication on the web or by e-mail, is described on a page I call ” Net Net Baud Rate “, (a silly play on words).  The material there is not actually very technical, despite the name.

For the sake of communicating with a correspondent who takes objection to my attempt to reduce the whole of  human communication to “net baud rate”, I am putting up here an essay on reductionism.

I’ve added a page about my educational background , to supplement the one on my academic interests posted earlier.

Here’s what was new as of Friday, Dec. 4th, 1998 —

The Acronymic Language — some more fundamental ideas about the ideal language project discussed elsewhere .

Corporations — ideas about changes to corporate law to reduce the undue influence of large corporations by discouraging predatory behaviour (instead of rewarding it).

Academic Interests — some of my educational background (the whitewashed version).

The Sailboat Metaphor — a discussion of free will and determinism.

The Particle Accelerator Metaphor — an alternative to the sailboat metaphor that emphasizes matching.

The Frontiers People-Matcher — plans for implementing some of my combinatorial optimization ideas at the Frontiers online learning community.

Towards a Free Simulation of the World Economy — I plan an incrementally-expandable simulation of the world economy to be made available to anyone who wants is under the GNU public license  —  and I don’t want to do it all myself, so please helpl.

Here’s what was new as of Monday, Nov. 2nd, 1998 —

The Video Store example , an example of some of the methods that can be applied to provide people with useful suggestions.

Business Applications , which addresses more general  business applications of these methods, including team formation by matching co-workers in a business and using carefully matched teams of co-workers to estimate important numbers such as project costs or even stock prices.

Crime and Punishment spells out why the future world I describe will have almost no crime, together with ideas for dealing with today’s prisoners and the very few criminals which may exist in the future.

Here is what was new as of Monday, Oct. 26, 1998 —

The Social Technology Mailing List has just been started.   Why not subscribe?  It’s free, easy to use, and will contain lots of news and new ideas.

The Social Technology Pavillion at Frontiers is a new forum for the expression of these ideas and related ones, giving you a chance to contribute your ideas about social technology, or to help make something happen.  Whether interesed in social technology or not, you might enjoy visiting Frontiers , which is an online learning community with many interesting people and ideas, and which also has a suite at Club Connect , an avatar community for meeting new people online. What’s an avatar community?  Try it and see.

The Social Technology Page is a new title for the page formerly called “The Idea of Social Technology”, and it contains new content as well, including the anchors for the above two links.

These pages were new  as of Monday, Oct.19, 1998 —

The Role of Requirements Analysis in Social Technology

What is combinatorial optimization? What has it to do with jobs?

Power and Influence Structures

Points of View



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Other relevant content:

New: Social Technology through Diagrams

New: Social Techs novel online

New: Social Technology Blog

New: Social Technology Wiki

Please see these web pages:

The main Social Technology page.

Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.


Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.

Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.


This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

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I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.


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