Social studies and promotes the technological or engineering counterpart to the the social sciences.  We are especially interested in the use of collaborative filtering, graph theory, and combinatorial matching for social purposes, as a quick look at our homepage would reveal, but the accompanying mailing list is for all aspects of social technology.

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    • is (or will be) an organization and website for the creation and application of open-source software and HTML templates for use in setting up websites which will be effective reproductive organs for memetic organisms . In the real world flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperm plants, and this word can be used by analogy to mean the reproductive organs of meme-complexes or memetic organisms.  Memes are the information or software analogues of genes, as first described by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene . This is the same analogy that exists between computer viruses and ordinary genetic viruses such as the AIDS or common cold viruses. We could surely find a less poetic and more accurate name for memetic flowers, but to do so would be to ignore the reproductive potential of catchy names.
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      • Academic and Real-World Access to the Global Pool of Grad-Student Researchers
      • A kind of SourceForge.Net for graduate level research projects
      • will maintain a database of projects that can be suggested by anyone, inside or outside of academia, and undertaken by any registered graduate student. It will provide real-world (non-academic) idea-people with access to the global pool of grad-student researchers, students doing various reseach projects as part of their graduate school education.
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      • Technological collects and studies fantasies or daydreams involving the use of technology, especially the creation of new technology, and might also be described as thoughts about unimplemented inventions.

        The website with the aid of this Technological Fantasies Mailing List will collect such fantasies and try to communicate them to people who might do something useful with them, perhaps turning fantasy into reality.

        If you have an interesting idea that involves a new or interesting use of technology, please mail it to this mailing list.

        The underlying approach will be similar to the use of a database to collect and organize software development projects at the spectacularly successful website and (if all goes well) at our own sister site and its Graduate Student Projects Mailing List, which will do the same for graduate level research projects.

        See our  homepage at for an example of a technological fantasy, (involving fighting forest fires with wind-machine created and controlled firebreaks), presented in both of two normally alternative ways, once as a fictional short story, and once as a non-fictional proposal.

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        •   —  The Interpedia was an idea ahead of its time. The subject of intense discussions in a high-volume mailing list from almost a decade ago, it included some great ideas such as the SoAP or Seal Of Approval mechanism that should be implemented — it is badly needed on the web today. The implementation of the software side of the Interpedia is the goal of and will be discussed on its new mailing list.

          The Interpedia Project proposed an encyclopedia-like interface to the whole of the Internet, including not only pages of hypertext but all ongoing activities on the net, such as discussions on mailing lists and real time chat. will collect what little implementation work has already been done and either finish it or redesign it and start again.

          Please follow the links on the home page at to the few Interpedia-related pages that exist elsewhere on the web, and watch this space for new developments.

          See also the newsgroup comp.infosystems.interpedia created years ago as a locus for Interpedia discussions.

          This mailing list is mostly to support the development of free open-source Intepedia software, but will include discussions of software requirements that anyone can participate in, even if they are not programmers. It is also for the discussion of Interpedia theory and underlying mathematics, which will be discussed informally in English, with more formal or advanced mathematics taken elsewhere.

          Wanted: Interpedia Mailing List archives from the old Interpedia mailing list of 1993 — does anybody have the complete archives? Please contact me at if you have any archived Interpedia messages at all, though of course we hope to someone has the complete collection.

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 , aka “SoftwareFantasies”, exists for the discussion of future software.  It has a mailing list to accompany the website .  It is a somewhat more specialized companion to , and has its ownTechnologicalFantasies mailing list.  Most discussions will be from an Open Source perspective, but commercial software developers will be welcomed and future commercial software will also be discussed.


          Related Web Pages are:

          The main Social Technology page.

          FindCompatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained

          Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology

          Practical Immortality , not the immortality of the body, nor making a copy of the mind in a machine,  but actual transfer of a person, personality, memory  and consciousness into a supercomputer

          Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes.  I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.

          Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :

          FindCompatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.

          Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.

          Practical Immortality yes, practical immortality.   Don’t write this off as insanity, please.  See the first entry in the blog first.

          Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation.  Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.

          I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.

          Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic.  Now things are different.  There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google.   Oh, well.

          By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society.  The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of  FindCompatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.

          As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years.   We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century.  By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.

          In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture.  How things have changed since then in agricultural technology.  But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.  

          I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable.  I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages.  The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day.  Maybe.  The topic is still not interesting to most people.   I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.

          This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date.  They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not.  There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites.  I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed.   One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.

          Type in this address to e-mail me.  The image is interesting.  See Status of Social Technology

          Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson

          I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam.  Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see.  So I have switched to a new e-mail service.  Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture.   I have also made it difficult to reach me.  The picture is not a clickable link.  To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in.  That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.

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