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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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A Smart Mob Is Not Necessarily a Wise Mob

A Smart Mob Is Not Necessarily a Wise Mob

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Is the Universe a Hologram?

Howard Rheingold

Adolfo Plasencia

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Howard Rheingold, professor and expert in cultural, social and new digital media fields, who coined the term ‘Virtual Community’, starts this dialogue by defining the complex meaning encompassed in another expression that lends its name to one of his books: “Smart Mobs”. He goes on to explain why the terms ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) and ‘intelligent machines’ are being used wrongly, and describes how collective intelligences emerge from ‘smart mobs’. Later he reflects on why radio has not killed off movies, movies haven’t put an end to theatre, television will not kill off movies, and the Internet will not be the end of television; in other words, new media do not ‘do away with’ any of their predecessors. He then argues why poetry and business are not mutually exclusive, before finishing with an explanation of why there are more people, in more places, who are able to do things they never used do with personal computers, and they do them almost exclusively with a smartphone with a ubiquitous connection (anywhere, anytime) to the Internet.

Keywords:   Smart Mobs, Collective intelligence, Mobile communications, Ubiquitous connection, Distributed intelligence, Being Wireless, Lateral communications, Participation skills, Next social revolution

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