6254re: [decentralization] [mnet-devel] reconsidering fundamental Mnet architecture (fwd)
- Dec 14, 2002Lucas wrote:
| A double forward, unusual for this list. On a technical level Friendnets
| are interesting because they are a new kind of decentralized topology.
Assuming membership overlap in all three lists, is a double-forward (in lieu of crosspost):
- implied endorsement (reputation metric)
- disclosed collusion (buzz metric)
- emergent network (taste discovery)
The double-forward / crosspost distinction arises from a specific topology.
| substrate. step 3, observe that if all of the players aren't perfectly
| well-behaved and altruistic, your wonderful design doesn't work, and start
| trying to figure out how to salvage your beautiful design from being destroyed
| by the ugly fact of malicious and/or selfish agents.
Prevent destruction, yes, Prevent damage, no. It's useful to allow malicious agents to self-identify through malicious behavior. Suppression of all opportunity for malice would make it impossible to identify agents that decline such opportunities. It would also delay immune system response to malice.
| best friend. I think that the emergent network designer should focus on the
| human context, both because the human context is where our ultimate goals and
| values are defined, and also because the human context is the best source of a
| uniquely valuable network resource: trust.
There's a useful analogy between trust and information theory, from http://www.sandelman.ottawa.on.ca/spki/html/1998/winter/msg00058.html :
'... Trust being "that which is essential to a communication channel but which cannot be transferred from a source to a destination using that channel" ...'
| the universal filestore abstraction and return to step 1, building a
| friendnet-Mnet in which any two computers are allowed to have a relationship
| if and only if their human users already have a similar human relationship.
Humans have relationships in contexts.
Any pair of humans is tied by multiple relationships. Case in point, the crosspost / double-forward distinction.
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