Kyberia - a problem child?
presentation made by
Daniel Devatman Hromada
for the purpose of
Festival SELF 2014
7.9.2014, Bratislava, Slovakia, Union
half-slovak/half-czech origins, "postavicka" z Petrzalky, middle class, Evanjelicke lyceum, Bc. in humanities from (Charles University), Bc. in linguistics (Universite de Nice), Master of cognitive sciences (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes), M1 in comparative grammar, stipendist of french gouvernment, double PhD. candidate (cybernetics at FEI-STU, psychology at University Paris 8) - topic of thesis: Evolutionary modeling of ontogeny of linguistic competence, Zoroastrian, European nationality, leftist but antibolshevik, happy and proud father and partner, Berliner, founder / first senator / consul of kyberia.sk
Not-so-long in a city not-so-far-away
The sole objective is to attain sexual intercourse with feminine readers
last sentence of the text Kyberia.sk syntax (2002) article (http://kyberia.sk/id/21836)
mission accomplished (c.f. forum "Vsetky cecky ven!";)
psychedelic experience, city of Prague, Zivel mag
first (tripper's) cyberspace.cz, nyx.cz
inzine.sk / 5d.sk / zion.sk / jungle.sk / hysteria.sk
Douglas Rushkoff (Cyberia), Timothy Leary (Chaos & Cyberculture), R.A.Wilson (Illuminati trilogy)
Asimov (Foundation), William Gibson (Neuromancer), P.K.Dick, Neal Stephenson (Snowcrash), Matrix
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts...Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.
Definition by William Gibson
domain kyberia.sk given as a birthday gift
2000 - static html page;2001 - flash animation page
first hosted in Canada, then on Johny's 2600.sk
autumn 2001 - Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace
23.2.2002 - launch of PHP-based dynamic website
2002 - 2003 "Golden age" of kyberia?
people attracted: real-life friends, IRC folks, alternative-info seeking surfers, friends of friends...
9.11.2002 Kyberia v0.23 mindfuck session in old U.club (>300 participants) /id/21894
5.5.2003 1st slovak Million Marihuana March - purely kyberia organized /id/63634/
drugz (psychedelics, smart drugs, ecstasy tests)
science (A.I., nanotech, mathematics, quantum physics)
the edge (anti, hack&crack, phuck off, freetekkno, media&society, interviewz)
philosophy (god, taoism, soul&spirit, posthumanism)
texts (essays, short stories, books, perl players, manifestos)
In v1 only discussion under articles and journals where arborescent (threaded). In v2 more structured categories like Future, Compz&Net, Halusky, Music, Litterature etc. were added into tree 101.
only admin (I) could add articles, people could write zurno (later such texts shall be known as "blog")
threaded discussions under articles and zurnos
flat (unthreaded) forums
"book"-marking of interesting forums
welcoming bot (ubik)
creation of user password-protected profile (registration)
ability to see who is where (section "people"), ability to see who is in the forum with me
...that's practically all You need to have a nice proto-community
v.2 ergond's crypt
Kyberia as You (still) know it
basic inspiration: Shambhala (44.5976319,110.2735842,384) + Wittgenstein's Tractatus + ergond's (in memoriam) cwbe
cwbe: cube within a cube within a cube within ...
kyberia: node within a node within a node within...
The central Architectural doctrine: All nodes are FUNCTIONALLY identical.
No difference (on the database level) between Nodeshells (categories), Forum, Blog, Submission, File, Template, Friendship link, User's profile...
a "social graph" 4 years before fckbk monetized the term
Local (private/moderated/public) and External access rights
tree /id/101 blooming; trees /id/102 (hysteria), /id/103 (SlobodnaVolba), /id/809096 (Empire State of Sabotage)
(K)arma, (K)redit, (K)ill feature, (K)ravina
something like facebook's "like" feature (developped in period before facebook existed)
any user can give 1K to any node
hitparade of K-ed nodes: meme-broadcasting machinery
Pareto distributed (nodes with more Ks get more Ks)
v2.3 solon's revenge
Current version of kyberia,
deployed on 1.11.2005 (/id/1961192), after third planned one-month shutdown
Templates: Kantian distinction between what things ARE and how they APPEAR
other new features: "consciousness" (a K-derivative), "put", k-wallet, code-is-content, event execution rights
limited K distribution (23k daily), writing a node costs 1k
the birth of Senate
Solon was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic, and moral decline in archaic Athens. His reforms failed in the short term, yet he is often credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy...
term "Senate" too roman, kyberia prefers greek "Agora" (yes! ;)
currently 16 senator-votes needed to become a new senator
270 senators, many of which being old-school v1 "matricians"
practically no executive powers ;( (only bright exception: PDM)
additional layers of institutionalisation ( Kuloare /id/1963268 )
important opinion aggregator and ostracisation-justification tool
after completing his work of reform, Solon surrendered his extraordinary authority and left the country
departed on 7.7.2006
Agora have chosen 7 people (freezy,knihovnik,yossarian,dark matter,jay,zix,ea) to become founders of kyberia obcianske zdruzenie
these 7 never did it (reason: juridic hassle due to unjustified confiscation of kyberia servers after nbusr123 hack)
"power" got concentrated in hands of 4,3,2,1,0 security-focused coders
new features (like "re:" function) became rare, addTemplate and addCode made private, creativity slowly died out
toxic egos started leaked more&more through the membrane
polis being impotent to kick them out, stupidity flourished...
in few years, old rifts have re-appeared
originally nyx.cz-inspired user registration system
should become a system to keep toxic (rapists, brutes, bullys, extremists) egos and their alteregos out of the Polis
is semi-permeable: some content is visible for users without registration but only registered users can add new content
evolution of clearance-giving authority: I -> group of protectors -> Agora (5 senator votes currently needed)
current registration form question:
Ukaz nieco zo seba, co vies, co dokazes. Neodpovedaj na otazky, ale vyjadri sa svojim sposobom: text, grafika, animacia, hudba...
mal-functioning, less people registered, alteregos can easily register
proposal: CAMTCHA-based "What is justice?" registration question (Hromada, Robo-philosophy, 2014)
2007: finalist of the best slovak web competition ( http://www.sme.sk/tema/projekt-007 )
prix for life-lasting contribution to development of slovak Internet
first recognition of kyberia's existence within a mainstream culture medium
based on text "23 reasons why kyberia is the best Slovak Web" (/id/3391807)
Because she opposes the Establishement since many years and it shall oppose it until she'll become the Establishement.
Prix Ars Electronica
To protect the diversity in the cyberspace...
was the motto with which, in 2013, archipelago of kyberia.sk|cz communities had received Honorary Mention in Digital Communities category of Prix Ars Electronica.
AEC is something like an Oscar in new media
1st significant international recognition of Kyberia
plenty of intellectual property "fixed" in public domain
source code published under AGPL licence at https://github.com/Kyberia/Kyberia-bloodline
In 2023, we shall aim to win Golden Nica under the motto of
still more an amusement website than a full-fledged community
from pure website content/form point-of-view kyberia does not surpass 2014 standards
the number of active users decreases - used to be >400, is <300 now (losing souls due to drift towards fcbk/twitter/g+?)
little added value: weak real-life impact, discord and even hate among users, no vision&goal
JASSN ("just another stupid social network")
in 2020, kyberia could be practically dead...
Negatives aside, Kybca is still alive and kickin!
active for more than >12years (cca half of one human generation)
a seed environment for many important activist groups (dekriminalizacia, CykloKoalicia, Progressbar, Zeleny asfalt) etc.
exerted influence upon new generation of slovak IT-entrepreneurs
some users having close ties to certain high-profile politicians
art (cinema, theatre, beaux-arts, music) media (radio, TV, journals)
and ever-stronger ties with Academia
core community size still somewhere around the Dunbar number
supported by thousands of mostly benevolent silent observers
the very structure of the polis...seems to boost intelligence?
Not monolithic expansion but organic reproduction
is a path to Eternity.
the Kyberia Archipelago
the source code is on GitHub
kyberia.cz - seers of Bohemia, we need You, now!
kyberia.at - just a special old dog's bookshop
kyberia.in ;)? - IOLKAS o.z.
seeding AUTOPOIETIC COMMUNITIES
the Soma Festivities
वएचित्र्यम्́ प्र́क्र्तधर्मह् सम́नम्́ न भविस्́यति.
Vaecitryaḿ prákrtadharmah samánaḿ na bhaviśyati.
Diversity, not sameness, is the law of nature.
Parallel Democracy Model
Due to progress of communication and information technology, it is not necessary anymore that the decision-makers shall meet at one point in time in order to give their vote to the value they want to activate. Even the condition that they must meet in one place is weakened since the vote-giving place can be purely virtual. Kyberia.sk and kyberia.cz domains are domains where first tentatives to implement such a system were implemented "in vivo" for a limited set of variables.
The aggregated voting of already registered kyberia.cz users determine the number of votes which a registration application of a new user needs to obtain in order to be accepted. Kyberia.sk senators can decide what motto shall be displayed at the top of the page - the option which receive the biggest number of votes becomes the active title.
Any senator can add or vote for such options in Agora's
described in article "Parallel Democracy Model and its first implementations in the cyberspace" (revue Teoria Politica, 2012)
Thanks to PDM, overall functioning of kyberia's system shall be automatically reconfigured according to aggregated will of kyberia's users.
And there are "neurons" and "K-filters" and other esoteric features.
Kyberia's search engine will become semantic and (geo)metric.
And there are and there shall be bots and artificial agents.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
5 guilds shall there be, for equilibrium shall they thrive
guild of cryptopoets
guild of hackers
guild of exchange and transport
guild of culture and nurture
guild of chaos and circus
shall be described in Caesarion, Discordion, Triskellion trilogy
Pretože Kybča..ty niesi len jedna z mnohých.
Si naše ráno,
keď sa zobúdzame.
Si náš deň,
keď máme pracovať,
a si aj naša noc,
keď máme spať.
Nevieme bez Teba žiť
a neáme si Ťa vziať.
(node 4385344 by id naberacka)
thanks for Your attention
hromi at giver dot eu