TBP from Those Dark Trees sent me this link for Bichun.org
Bichun Society appears to be distributing a software plugin which tracks Whuffie on your Skype. Can't say I am nuts about the term "Bichun Butler". But 270 others don't seem to mind.
For those of you who aren't familiar with terms:
Bichun Societey: mythical social group from Cory Doctorows book de sci-fi "Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom. (Inspiration for this blog.)
Whuffie: Metric for social approval also from Cory's Book.
Skype: Kinda free Vonage style internet phone.
Great direction since we all know it is just a matter of time until they install phones in our skulls.
Try these equations:
Joseph Petviashvili+Skype=Bichun Society/Whuffie
Social Engineer+T-Mobile=Rapidly Deployable Social Metric.
Now consider how the nazi's used social status to further thier cause, and imagine if they only had this technology.
As Einstien, Turing, and Oppenhiemer all faced, we ask, just because people have the potential to misuse power, should that stop us from making something really cool? A resounding "NO!". Good show Mr.Petviashvili. When I get my computer working again I will try this "Butler" device.