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Creating Online Communities that Work — .gov is the New .com —

Daguerrotype of the south front of the White House
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“…open source web application that aggregates and organizes replies to status updates on Twitter. ThinkTank App was developed by Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani, who has signed on with Expert Labs to develop the platform.

The first client for Expert Labs is one that would make most startup founders swoon, too: the White House will be using the ThinkTank app to get better answers from citizens.”

Automation have “command way” and “feedback”, now, the advantage of democratic structures using power of computers in real time, via feedback will have as end result a new social structure without the ugliness of many comment boards.

After automatic translation this is next “intelligent use” of computers. Any automatic translation require human supervision, any language related aggregates must optimized by human reaction.

That ancient demos kratos “power of the people” have a new face. Ancient Greeks consider any number over 5000 as infinite, now any number greater than congress number of sites is population, next ?

An image worth 1000 words, here is a daguerreotype image. The daguerreotype, along with the Tintype, is a photographic image allowing no direct transfer of the image onto another light-sensitive medium, as opposed to glass plate or paper negatives. Daguerre was first to discover and publish (in the publication of the process and the English patent of 1839) the principle of latent image development.

Evidence from the period proves it was only in widespread use for approximately a decade before being superseded by other processes:

  • The calotype, introduced in 1841; a negative-positive process using a paper negative.
  • The collodion wet plate process, introduced in 1851; a negative-positive process using silver salt impregnated collodion poured from a bottle onto a glass plate.

The collodion wet plate process was used to produce ambrotypes on glass and tintypes or ferrotypes on a coated iron plate.

  • The ambrotype, introduced in 1854; a positive-appearing negative image on glass with a black paper backing.
  • The tintype or ferrotype, introduced in 1856; a positive-appearing negative image on an opaque metal plate.

Now we are migrating to digital photography !

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