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Sunday, August 17, 2008

TNNW, August, 2008, Week 3: Reality Mining

I know that being something of a networking futurist can make things difficult for others who do not always "see" what I "see". This can also lead to my ideas being viewed as "naive" or just downright "crazy". But if I had a dollar for every futurist who people thought was crazy I would be rich!

Anyway, it's always great to see real life evidence that supports my "wild and crazy" ideas about networking. In my recently completed series on the Laws of Relationship Capital I suggest that Relationship Capital behaves in ways that are Newtonian and therefore using statistical methods like Monte Carlo analysis and such, we can literally build a predictive model of a social system - a "crystal ball" if you will. Sounds pretty crazy, right? After all predicting human behavior is something out of science fiction - Isaac Asimov's classic "Foundation" series explores such a theme.

Just recently a good friend and supporter sent to a project being done by MIT's media lab and funded by Nokia where approximately 100 users of Nokia cell phones had their data captured during the 2004-2005 acedemic year. Researchers captured data regarding "communication, proximity, location, and activity" to better understand the evolution of social networks, determine the predictability of human behavior and determine what can be done to change a social system to improve its functioning.

For more information on this project click on the following link:

To my critics and non-believers...don't say I didn't tell you so...

As always, I look forward to networking with you...

- Adam

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