Transactional Process Brokeraging of Virtual Commodity Assets

- An Emergent Economic Ecology


societies of artificial entities, synthetic intelligences, artificial lifeforms,

complex metasystems, human / internet symbiosis, process brokeraging,

agents, functionality matrices, reconfigurable computing systems, clusters,

self-optimizing, self-modifying architectures


Charles Ostman

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Berkeley CA 94708

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We as a human species, are adapting, in rapid succession, to a series of evolutionary increments, contrived and accelerated by our own collective efforts, one of the outcomes of which is the "spawning" of synthetic intelligences, and their respective modes of communication, and our adaptation to an operational ecology with which even now we are symbiotically, and irreversably connected.

Presented at this juncture, is the viewpoint that, as a process node embedded within the eventstream of our collective socio-economic and anthropological evolution, we begin by first creating various synthetic entities, as the interactive, analytical, and decision rendering components of an evermore complex electronic / telecommunications infrastructure upon which the economic engines of our current civilizations are required to rely.

This process dynamic in turn leads to the development and deployment

of hierarchical, complex self-organizing, self-modifying societies of artificial entities, and their modalities of communication protocols, languaging schema, and tactical interactions.

As this threshold of development is crossed, as an index of our human / internet symbiosis becoming more pronounced, and irreversable, we begin to develop communication modalities which are quite "non-human" by nature, but are "socio-operative" norms of the near future.

Our collective development and deployment of complex metasystems of

artificial entities and synthetic lifeforms, and acceptance of them as an integral component of the operational "culture norm" of the near future, is in fact the precursory developmental increment, as an enabling procedure, to gain effective

communicative access to a contiguous collection of myriad "species" and entity types (synthetic and "real") functioning as process brokeraging agents.

The result is the defacto equivilant of experiential tele-existance streaming as one of the process brokeraged commodities inherent in the operational ecology of synthetic environments, and the "entities" which reside in them (both virtual and real).

Computational process nodes, interconnected as dynamic elements of process brokeraging functionality matrices, are becoming an integral part of a commodity asset delivery system which will, in essence, redefine indices of valuation, based on non-tangible, virtual assets, for which there has been no previous comparison in existing economic systems.

As marker points in the rapidly accelerating arenas of socio-economic and anthropological metasystems of development, several related projects are currently being pursued incorporating the utilization and "spawning" of intelligent agents and agent colonies, and related applications of artificial life and computational processes which mimic the physiologies of living organisms and systems to render the defacto equivilant of an "operational ecology" for advanced agents and distributed intelligences thriving in their respective synthetic environments.

In parallel with such activities, there have also been myriad development projects focussed on the creation of the next generation of "virtual humans", as per "smart avatars" which are the audio / visual front-end interactive interfaces for intelligent agent engines, and various applications which could benefit from such "psycho-ergonomic enhancement".

Many of the processes and technologies which are about to become the core elements of a new form of "virtual asset commodity economic system" are already becoming manifest, and thusly applied. An operational ecology is forming, indeed "evolving", consisting of an ever expanding arena of millions of processing and computational resource nodes, interconnected and operationally

interdependant. The nodes themselves are functionally soft, as reconfigurable elements, which in this context, are bi-directional tranceivers of "GelWare" encapsulated as functional identity and process templates within ubiquitously available, hierarchically interrelatable intelligent objects.

The advent of massively parallel, distributed processing systems, particularly as in the modality of an N-dimensional network of processing nodes (both real and virtual), referred to by some as "the fabric", will become the operational ecology of the economic engines of the near future.

Reconfigurable processor & system components are a key element of this emergent ecology, both at the user side, consisting of "intelligent" bi-directional media / process brokeraging appliances, and at the other end of this value chain, the scalable, massively parallel computational / routing engines.

I have often used the term "GelWare" (see article in Jan 1998 issue of Telecommunications - Reconfigurable Computing Meets Telecom: Gelware and Beyond) to describe the core "element" of this operational ecology, in that the primary valuation embedded into this ecology is as much dependant on the

reconfigurable functional identities of the components in the system as the actual system hardware components themselves. The "functional identity modules" are themselves "soft entities" which are brokeraged, as "intelligent objects", serving as interdependant process templates.

Such templates are downloaded into a reconfigurable system component, the functional identity of which is perpetually in a potential state of flux until being temporarily redefined by the invocation of a requested, brokeraged process template.

Indeed, in this environment, in which intelligent objects are brokeraged and bi-directionally dispensed as requested, via a CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture), or similar type of transactional environemnt, many thousands, if not millions of process nodes (virtual and real) are contiguously

interconnected and dynamically available as a ubiquitous resource.

Processes which are thusly invoked in this environment are not merely confined to a specific application, as in a "software" task, but are also potentially capable of reconfiguring the functional and operational identity of any node which is

available as a cooperative entity in this environment.

Hence, the definitional boundaries between "hard" and "soft" process elements in this operational ecology become diffuse, i.e., the term "GelWare".

In this context, process modalities can brokeraged to or from any node to any other node or nodal cluster, as a bi-directional commodity, the valuation of which becomes manifest at the moment of inception of a particular process and functional identity template.

Potentially, an economic model emerges in which any individual's bi-directional media / process brokeraging appliance can either be utilized strictly as an access portal into this operational ecology, or as a bi-directional resource node, where the individual can allow their own persoanl computational capacity to become a

"resource node", and receive compensatory value therefrom.

Furthermore, reconfigurable logic / process components lend themselves as very effective "platforms" for instigating computational processes which mimic the physiologies of living organisms and systems, particularly in the arenas of evolutionary and genetic algorithms. This is very relevant in the domain of self-organising, self-optimizing routing systems, evolvable neural networks, and a plethora of related processes.

In this context, the synergistically interrelated combination of reconfigurable system components and routing interconnects eventually become the "spawning grounds" of meta-scale artificial lifeform systems, evolving as a collective of operational xenomorphs, flourishing in the defacto equivilant of an operational ecology to which we, the human species, develops a form of symbiosis.

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