Sense Collective's TotemSDK and the Totem identity management toolkit are designed to bring the features and capabilities of Web3.0 to the edges of our communities, businesses, and municipalities where they can deliver transformative benefits to the researchers, changemakers, educators/students, engineers, practitioners, artists and creatives who are already working on designing the future they hope to live in.
TotemOS is a social computing operating system made up of both computer and social protocols that help bridge the gap between highly technical platforms, dApps, smart contracts, and token economics models, and a more accessible version of these same products, services and protocols. The key is the Totem Language Workbench, which works hand-and-hand with the Totem Identity Manager to recognize the context of each user, their technical skills, style of learning, and most importantly, their goals, preferences, intentions, risk tolerance, and other specifications. Totem's Language Workbench is a dashboard and preference manager that sits between the user and their Context Broker, to create a clear context map for the dozens of representations and interactions that relate to their personal interest, health, wellness and fitness.
Can you imagine if Siri or Alexa actually cared about you and your family?
The best way to introduce Sense Collective's Context Broker feature is to point out the many context brokers that you already have in your digital life.
Your Facebook newsfeed is a context broker as it determines various patterns and uses sentiment analysis, matchmaking and decision support models to study your behavior in relationship to your network. But here's the catch...Facebook's context broker is cranking out the state of the art ML and AI algorithms and referencing a super complex social and knowledge graph that is like a super-computer scale context broker, but it's primary objective has almost nothing to do with your personal interests, preferences or goals.
Of course, if Facebook totally ignored your preferences, goals and interests, and consistently fed you baby pictures from old classmates you barely knew, and articles about topics you can't stand, it would be bad for business. One of several of Facebook's context broker's jobs, is to figure out how to maintain the perception of supporting your preferences and interests, while actually delivering highly tacticle content to you that leads to activities that ultimately serve Facebook's best interests. Context brokers follow a primary directive. This can be a dynamic set of rotating directives, but typically there is an over-arching directive that maintains something akin to a constitution or a set of 10 commandments, that act as a high-level framework that ensures that overall, the context broker is part of a much larger network of agents and programs that are designed to do one thing....make Facebook's shareholders more money. This translates into much more specific action-items, which generally translate into, "Get Alice to click on this ad" or, in the worst cases, as was revealed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, "Nudge Jonny to stay home from voting". That's literally what Cambridge Analytica's business model was designed to do, all thanks to Facebook's carefully designed feedback loop for social engineering & attention hacking, made possible through loopholes and exploits of Facebook's terms and conditions, and delivered through the creation of psychographic profiles, in the form of social and knowledge graphs, that now exist for every one of the billions of users on the platform.
A Context Broker That Really Cares
With the Totem Protocol, you are able to setup an unlimited number of personal identity cards, called Personas, that you can use to explicitly outline what preferences, goals, intentions, risk tolerance, and other specifications you want to assert and define for the associated services and platforms that you connect to that card. That's it....it's that simple. The context broker really doesn't care about you. This anthropomorphism of AI and ML technology that has taken off with Alexa and Siri, and their pseudo-humorous witty banter, is just another trick to get us to drop our guards as we have literally turned on 24/7 corporate monitoring of our households, our conversations, our private moments, which are absolutely falling into the wrong hands, getting hacked, and contributing to the seemingly routine identity theft, and privacy issues that are now happening every other week.
Alexa and Google Home, and all these other IOT-based home automation devices are nothing more then a brilliant way to maintain the unquenchable thirst for growth that these companies must maintain to satisfy their corporate mandates. More personal data= more $. That equation will become a rallying sign as we welcome a completely different approach to AI, ML in the context of collaborative sensemaking and collective intelligence. Which brings me to the focus of this blog series looking at the Onramps & Portals to the Collaborative Commons.
We've heard murmers about how fed up everyone is with Facebook's antics, their ever coroding excuses and shifting narrative about their place in the world, and their hiding behind the 1st ammendmant so they can continue to actively degrade democracy as we know it. This will be the year the "Facebook Killer" Social Network comes out. Only to see another cascade of messages blanket your wall for that now-routine custom of hearing from some people for the only time in the entire year.
At Sense Collective, we are not alone in positing that there actually won't be a single "Facebook Killer". If there was, it would end up doing the same awful stuff to stay on top. Rather, we see a gradual transition away from the Web2.0 fundamentals entirely, or perhaps an augmentation to the current Read-Write model. Instead we will finally see the emergence of the Read-Write-Execute or Web3.0.
In the Web3.0 model, we will begin to build out the same type of social and knowledge graphs that Facebook and Google have been creating for more then a decade (based on our data). Instead of pumping these Siren Servers factories full of fuel in the form of our personal data, and generating their massive trillions of dollars in profits, with noting in return, we will have our pick of dozens of different business models and service offerings that make up a Knowledge Supply Chain and Collaborative Commons where we have the freedom and control and creative and generative capabilities for collaborative sensemaking and collective intelligence. Think Citizen Science, Peer-to-Peer sensor networks that help us monitor our local ecosystems alongside existing monitoring stations, mapping services that are plugged into notaries and insurance funds that help us to make our flood insurance system more resilient, and representative of our actual concerns and risk tolerance, while taking advantage of breakthroughs in decentralized finance and smart contracts. We'll dive into what all that means in part 2 of this series. For now, let's jump over one of Sense Collective's first demonstration workshops and take a look at how a typical Sense Collective project works in connecting to dozens of other open-source Web3.0 platforms and ecosystems.
Sense Collective's hybrid educational programming, training, and
our Perceptagon IOT SenseLab provide non-technical and technically oriented members of Sense Collective to work together in mapping the social and natural capital of their community. Individuals, businesses, NGO's and municipalities each have their own unique requirements and interests for using IOT hardware, sensors, & peripherals such as L.E.D lights, speakers, monitors, displays and other hardware.
There are hundreds of different kits and catalogues full of professional-grade equipment to choose from when selecting the right equipment for any IOT project dealing with Smart Cities, Citizen Science, STEAM educational programs, home automation, personal & environmental health monitoring. The professional requirements are even greater for tracking equipment, transportation fleets, & inventory. IOT devices and mesh networks are also used to observe the status of vital resources and to monitor the effects of operations on the local environment, in order to remain compliant with local and Federal regulations.
Perceptagons are hybrid combinations of Raspberry Pi's, Arduinos and other single board computers and microcontrollers that run our custom open-source TotemOS, which is a derivative of the RaspbianOS and includes a variety of Docker and Kubernetes containers which run topic-specific virtual machines that have been purpose fit to the unique requirements and specifications of the users. Perceptagons are best used in combination with other Web3.0 protocols and integrations, as Perceptagons are designed to add more personalized support and to increase the templates, libraries, sketches, collections and tutorials that are available to meet the demands of our community. If there is an IOT kit, hardware, software, sensor or peripheral combination that you would like to see us add to TotemOS, drop us a line, or join us in one of our monthly hackathons in our Zoom room, or in person in NYC, and coming to a conference or meetup near you.
To The Demo! Let's Check Out Clay and FOAM:
Secure and Transparent Location Data
FOAM provides the tools to enable a crowdsourced map and decentralized location services.
Clay is neutral hardware infrastructure for the web3, catered to the 99% of users yet to be onboarded. It's a physical device (your clay) running in your home or office that runs server-side software for contributing to web3 platforms, putting your wealth to work, and increasing your self-sovereign identity security.
As web 3 protocols and platforms mature, many of them require hardware decentralization—things like FOAM and location-based oracle networks—and some (most?) decentralized protocols would prefer to have true hardware decentralization. Instead of having every individual project make connections to consumers, Clay functions as the primary touch-point between consumers and the jobs they want done—imagine if every app had to ship their own iPhone!
What it does
Clay combines identity, social, and payments into an app-level interface (ala WeChat), letting individual services plug into the existing data models without having to re-invent their own. Their hierarchical keygen is key to providing a great experience—by using a simple structure of hierarchically generated keys and standardized permissions, services can be casually integrated with each other (or isolated to their own keyspace).
At the end of the day, the user memorizes nothing and uses the social layer to shard root keys between trusted friends. To see more about their hierarchical keygen, check out dot_keygen.
dotbox is the control plane for the personal server — it runs an IoT friendly kubernetes distro called k3s and uses helm charts to install services.
dot is the Flutter mobile app for managing identity and clay services. It's mostly just a pretty mockup at this point.
local-mobile-foam a clay service that finds staked POIs near you so that you can receive notifications about low-friction ways to contribute to the FOAM map. By sending background location data to your Clay, it preserves a bit more of your privacy. Check the README for more details on this service.
iexec-worker is a clay service that simply runs an iexec worker using idle compute on your Clay. Installation and configuration is a single-step process due to the clay-native wallet and permissions scheme.
dot_keygen is the hierarchical keygen for deriving wallets within the dot identity protocol.
As Clay continues to build out the Clay MVP and validate the thesis about distributed personal hardware, we look forward to integrating Sense Collective's Perceptagon Unity Plug-in to bridge the virtual and physical and create an on-ramp into virtual reality ecosystems like Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, and maybe even PokeMon Go someday.
We are actively working on a Minecraft Server plug-in and are preparing to participate in the Microsoft AI For Good program where we will build out an ML training pipeline for Watershed Monitoring attached to our FOAM registered POI location on the Norwalk River.
This is one of several projects associated to our Norwalk River Valley Trail program which we will discuss in a follow-up article.
Other services like Compound, CDP Saver, Cosmos SDK chains, IPFS shared libraries, and more.