The good folks over at PlaNetwork have gotten up the first issue of their new Journal, and it's full of provocative and interesting stuff. Take, for instance, Earth as A Lens: Global Collaboration, GeoCommunication, and The Birth of EcoSentience, which takes the rise of ubiquitous computing and global sensing as opportunity to explore Bucky Fuller's World Game and Geoscope concepts and the evolution of "3D Geobrowsers," programs which allow the user to view any portion of the Earth and examine changes in its systems:
"3D Geobrowsers might even be thought of as an entirely new genre of media. These rich, sophisticated interfaces make it possible to seamlessly navigate vast bodies of realtime Earth data intuitively, as well as carry out scenarios and simulations for global problem-solving.
The author goes on to posit that these technologies will birth "EcoSentience," which is where the piece goes flying off the tracks of coherence, at least to me ("EcoSentience means environmental awareness arising from deep self-awareness, a contemplation of the whole picture of information comprising reality of oneself in the world around one, a continuous loop of subjectivity, objectivity, and reflexivity...").