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Pierre Lévy: The IEML Philosophy

Posted on: February 11, 2012

Week 22 in the Change Mooc

According to Pierre Lévy , one of the major philosophers working on the implications of cyberspace and digital communications, we humans manipulate symbols and each augmentation in doing so has changed our live (see

Lévy identifies 4 periods of big chances, the third being the invention of the printing mess and the forth is starting now when massively distributed automata are dealing with symbols in the digital medium.

Lévy is working on the symbolic system Information Economy MetaLanguage (IEML) which is an artificial language that translates itself automatically into natural languages, a metadata language for the collaborative semantic tagging of digital data [I don’t understand the next 3 aspects as I never did some programming of semantic nets…. IEML means conceptual addressing solving the semantic interoperability problem, a programming language specialized in the design of semantic networks, a semantic coordinate system of the mind (the semantic sphere)]

And then there was a great file called Change11-plevy with a lot of meaningful graphics and with the title “Toward the Hypercortex”:

  • Evolution of Mediasphere: Orality – Writing – Alphabet – Mass Media – Digital Media
  • Logic Automata (1950) – Internet (1980): connections between automata – Web (1995): connections between data – Semantic Sphere (2015): connections between ideas
  • The digital hypercortex combines multimedia data with semantic metadata and should augment the collective intelligence.
  • Semantic information combines the URL with the USL (meaning, semantic address, concept) [didn’t understand C – the semantic current]
  • The textual machine deals with texts, the linguistic engine with languages, the conceptual machine with concepts

And a text about Knowledge Evolution:

  • compulsory school (from 1500): mass pedagogy, natural sciences, state institutions – “social schools” (from 2100): social pedagogy, life-long open collaborative learning

Summarizing these ideas I understand that the web will change toward a semantic sphere where based on a high developed programming language the collaboration in the web will be easier (f.e. automatic translations into natural languages), the social media of the future will be more powerful and less confusing (with connections between ideas and concepts). How this could be done in detail and if mathematical concepts and computer programs are able to achieve such a development is my open question. Nevertheless I would be happy to observe the change of our compulsory schools toward “social schools”.

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