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Network Society Research becomes a Singularity University Company

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Applying exponential technologies to the Global Grand Challenge of Governance, Network Society Research becomes a Singularity University Company.

How can we adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape? Not only as an individual, or an enterprise, but our society as a whole? How can we make sure that while we protect ourselves from downsides, we also reap the broad cumulative benefits of the rapid adoption of advanced technologies? In this volatile context, what can legislators, regulators and policymakers do to bring their practices in line with the growing expectations of their constituents?

Network Society Research (NSR) was founded to analyze the interconnected waves of exponential technologies that are impacting society, bringing about profound changes and ushering in a new era of decentralization. NSR is creating a vision and analytical tools to enable individuals, enterprises and society at large to deal positively with this unstoppable worldwide change in the organization of our socio-economic activities.

Using the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies, NSR aims to empower communities to measure their Network Society Readiness index and act to adopt best practices to positively implement exponential technologies.

Singularity University (SU) is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.

SU is comprised of educators who draw on its Silicon Valley location to offer advanced programs. It achieves global impact by encouraging local technology innovation with its global impact competitions.

SU is an intentional agent of change. Since its inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponential technologies such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to address humanity’s Global Grand Challenges: education, energy, environment, food, health, poverty, security, space, water, disasters, and governance.

In the Global Grand Challenge of Governance, it seeks equitable participation of all people in societal governance in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights, free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices. With this foundation, humanity will be able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

NSR sought a formal relationship with SU due to its grand vision, ambitious goals and an early track record of impressive accomplishments on the path to realizing these. The organizations and individuals involved in SU are world-class cutting-edge thinkers and doers. Collaborating with such a high-quality community will provide many benefits to NSR.

As a Singularity University Company, Network Society Research’s goal is to be a sustainable organization with major impact, spreading the positive effects of exponential technologies and decentralized networks.

Announcing our first speakers at the Congress

We are excited to announce a first set of speakers at the Network Society World Congress, listed below in alphabetical order.

Alex Lightman: “Food, Water And Energy In The Network Society”
Gabor Kiss: “A Holistic Approach To Open Source Ecology”
Matan Field: “Stigmergic Economy And Large-Scale, Decentralized Networks”
Stefano Quintarelli: “Regulatory Challenges In Exponential Trends”

With less than a month to go the event is sold out. We are requesting candidates to provide a simple feedback on their participation, what they expect to receive from the event, how they contribute to it, and finally how they’ll be catalyzing their local and global communities through what they learn at the Congress. The applications that are not supported by these pieces of information get canceled. 

You can sign up for the event here for the event. You will receive a survey by mail. After you send it back to us, you will be admitted.

Announcing the Network Society World Congress in Turin, Italy on October 15, 2015

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We are happy to announce the Network Society World Congress to be held in Turin, Italy on October 15, 2015.

The Network Society World Congress is the main yearly event of the Network Society Project, allowing delegates to discuss in person its themes, plan actions for the following year, and to meet with stakeholders from government, industry and associations with similar interests.

Come to the Network Society World Congress to learn about the decentralization and distribution of the fundamental pillars of the nation state and the consequences for economic activity and social organization. Hear leading speakers analyze the technologies that are at the basis of this fundamental shift. Debate how your strategies need to adapt to the unstoppable changes that are rapidly arriving.

Date: October 15, 2015
Venue: Innovation Center, 31st Floor, Intesa World Headquarters, Corso Inghilterra 3, Turin, Italy
Attendance: Free
Tickets: apply for your delegate seat today
Main Sponsor: Intesa Sanpaolo

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The Network Society Readiness Index for the USA the most pessimistic yet

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At the April Network Society New York Meetup an interactive survey established the group’s consensus around the Network Society Readiness Index for the USA.

The assessment for the eight pillars of the meetup attendees were:

Energy:        -0.33
Manufacturing:  0.07 
Food:          -0.60
Health:        -0.87
Learning:      -0.57
Finance:       -1.13
Security:      -1.00
Policy:        -1.33

The resulting numbers in the index are more nuanced than those from the Buenos Aires, Athens, and Shanghai meetups, as a consequence of the averaging of the responses to the survey.

According to the conversations in the various groups that broke out after the introductory lecture to discuss the various pillars, and based on the results of the survey, the USA has a lot remaining to do to be able to fully take advantage of the unstoppable changes coming with the diffusion of the technologies furthering the Network Society.

Collaboration on the forthcoming Network Society book

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Appropriately in a collaborative fashion, we are now writing the Network Society book in a team with Anish, Alex Klokus, Alex Lightman, ArturoCosimo, Dave, Naol, Niki, and Sabri, and with project coordination by Mauro and Gabriella

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You can follow the process on Netsocbook.net, the book’s own website, where you can download it in PDF, mobi and epub formats. Right now only the outline is there, but you can sign up for updates as new chapters are added.

Cover, title, and subtitle are all preliminary, as is the outline itself. Based on Github, the GitBook platform which we are using allows clear and modern version control of all components of the book itself and its various editions.

The Italian version of the book is scheduled for the fall, published by Hoepli, a 150 year old Milan-based publisher, in its “Microscopi” series curated by Massimo Temporelli.

Welcome to the new Chinese Ambassador!

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We are proud to announce the new Network Society Ambassador in China Shanghai, Stanton Wong!

The Network Society Ambassadors are attuned to the technological and socioeconomic zeitgeist of their countries and spread a deep and actionable understanding of how decentralized technologies fundamentally influence the social organization.

Looking forward to the activities and the interesting analyses and feedback that Stanton will provide to the project.

The Greek crisis seen in the framework of the Network Society

There no chance that flying into Athens these days within minutes from landing you would not be asked to say what you think about the Greek crisis, what the world thinks will happen, and what are possible solutions to what is much more than a financial crisis.

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At the Network Society Athens Meetup, organized by Niki Siropoulou, Greek Ambassador, and the additional events meeting with the press, and at the launch of Alternative iGrow, a local innovation consultancy, the questions on how to not only overcome the current difficulties but also how to build a sustainable future for the society overall were ever present.

The assessment for the eight pillars of the meetup attendees were:

Energy:        1.5
Manufacturing: 0
Food:         -1
Health:        0.5
Learning:     -2 
Finance:       LOL
Security:      0
Policy:        LOL

On top of the non-standard fractional values, those present felt the need to also introduce the new value “LOL” when evaluating the situation around finance and policymaking.

The future is happening in China (not evenly distributed yet)

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If you have a chance to visit Shanghai, and see its skyscrapers along the Bund river, it is impossible not to think of William Gibson’s quote “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The challenges of developing a country of 1.3 billion people harmoniously—a key word to imply that chaotic changes can be very damaging to the fabric of society—are certainly enormous. Especially if decisions must be made centrally and hierarchically, under the implicit assumption that they will be based on optimal information by individuals who know better than anybody else what needs to be done.

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At the recent meetup of Network Society in Shanghai the over 50 attendees created eight groups, each debating if and how the Chinese policies take into account the decentralization of the eight pillars of the Network Society (energy, manufacturing, food, health, learning, finance, security and policy), scoring them on the -2…+2 axis and exposing their reasoning to the rest of the group.

The conclusions of the group were the following:

Energy:        0.5
Manufacturing: 1
Food:          1
Health:       -1
Learning:      2
Finance:       0
Security:     -1
Policy:        1

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The local social network most appropriate for a continued coordination is WeChat, and a new group has been created using the platform, with candidates for Chinese ambassadors to be selected, and monthly meetings which will be organized for additional discussions, learning, and sharing.

The future is certainly coming to the world, China and Shanghai, in some places faster than others. Here is a glimpse of the sound of that future.

 

Public Google Hangout on Air: Energy

Today at 2PM PST (5PM EST, 11PM CET) join our second public Google Hangout on Air to talk about Energy.

What is the role of distributed and decentralized technologies in providing next generation solutions to the challenge of sustainable energy policies worldwide? Attend this online event to hear David Orban and Alex Lightman, Network Society US West Coast Ambassador converse on this topic.

You can follow the event via YouTube, or on its Google+ event page and ask questions or vote on questions asked by others during the conversation itself.