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The Hive Mind is Asynchronous
by Carlos Perez
June 10, 2003
Summary
The Hive Mind is asynchronous.  You don't have to be in the same place or even in the same time to be able to converse.

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I was chatting with Erik Thauvin and he asked me if I used IRC.  However, I was a bit embarassed to admit, I knew what the acronyms stood for, however I had never actually used it.  I heard it about it back in graduate school when a couple of other students wanted to implement their own version.  However, I had also had the impression that it was a big time sink.

IRC is like a chat room but with more listeners at a given time.  Not everyone really speaks, in fact the vast majority are lurkers.  This got me thinking of the inefficiency of it all.  See with blogging I've been averaging 534 unique visitors a day, however if I wanted the same kind of audience for IRC, I would have to be online 24 hours a day. Now, Erik, who's rumored to require only 3 to 4 hours of sleep a day, can do that, however I need my daily dose of 8 hours of sleep.

The Hive Mind is asynchronous.  You don't have to be in the same place or even in the same time to be able to converse.  It's also the preferred mechanism for software integration.  I've blogged about this before, and its the basis of my claim that web services as it's currently envisioned is a flawed concept.

So, if you're a frequent reader, please make your thoughts known.  The Hive Mind will be better as a result.

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About the Blogger

Carlos E. Perez has been an object-oriented practitioner for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He has polished his craft while working in IBM's Internet Division and IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York. He now works for a startup 1/100,000th the size of his former employer. He writes about topics covering emerging aspect and object oriented paradigms, loosely coupled architecture, open source projects and Java evangelism.

This weblog entry is Copyright © 2003 Carlos Perez. All rights reserved.

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