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3rd International Symposium GLOBAL VILLAGE


Global Networking and Local Development
Using Cyberspace to Build Sustainable Living space

February 13 - 16, 1997, Wappensaal, Vienna City Hall
Creativity in CyberSpace

Ranulph Glanville

CybernEthics Research, Southsea (UK)

Anyone who has used the InterNet will be aware that one of its main characteristics is that it is inherently unreliable. Like all machines, what we know of it (through experience) is that it goes wrong.

Apart from a "Sod's Law" element, it is clear that contributory factors to the unreliability of the include its vast complexity, which makes it, in Bremmermann's term, "transcomputable". In effect, it cannot be reliable. Its behaviour must be unpredictable.

Another characteristic, at least at the moment, is its uncontrollability. Because of its structure and complexity, and how it has grown, the InterNet is currently beyond the control of any one body, or consortium of bodies. This means that it is an environment for conversation rather than the giving and taking of orders, where a conversation is a circular process between at least two participants involving potential surprise in the response of the other. In this case, the net itself can behave as a conversational partner.

A final characteristic is that the InterNet is an environment for sharing and co-operation. That this is so is demonstrated clearly by our obsession with security. We would not worry about security if the InterNet were not an environment for copying: and where copying is prevalent, sharing is implicit. Active sharing requires co-operation. The InterNet is another example of current technology that allows us to move beyond the currently fashionable and deeply restrictive Thatcherite image of the world as already constructed and as simply causal to an understanding and a way of operating that is much more human.

The conditions-sharing and co-operation, unreliability, uncontrollability and the operation of conversation, which lead to unpredictability-mean that the InterNet is an environment that inherently encourages creativity. The nature of this creativity, and how and why it should work, will be discussed: especially the nature of this creativity applied in and to architecture and the inhabitation of place and space to make events and occasions.