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 ==== Superstruct ==== ==== Superstruct ====
  
-Report by Martin Brolin about Superstruct activities.+Report by Martin Brolin about activities in the Superstruct [[ARG]].
  
 == What is Superstruct? == == What is Superstruct? ==
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 It's the world's first massively multiplayer forecasting game. It's the world's first massively multiplayer forecasting game.
   * 5 supertreats are identified for the year 2019, GEAS volunteers (players) are joining in this game to find solutions.   * 5 supertreats are identified for the year 2019, GEAS volunteers (players) are joining in this game to find solutions.
-  * You can file a report about your 2019 experiences (story) +  * You can file a report about your 2019 experiences (= a story) 
-  * you can discuss strategies +  * you can discuss tactics (= a strategy) 
-  * you can find new ways to collaborate, or build solutions (superstruct)+  * you can find new ways to collaborate, or build solutions (= a superstruct)
  
 == My activities == == My activities ==
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   * Joined Urban Gardening initiatives and set up Superstructs for protection of urban gardens from poaching and bio-piracy.   * Joined Urban Gardening initiatives and set up Superstructs for protection of urban gardens from poaching and bio-piracy.
   * Set up initiative to connect Urban gardens with green corridors for pollinators.   * Set up initiative to connect Urban gardens with green corridors for pollinators.
 +  * Set up a superstruct to find out what happened to things like Permaculture, Cradle to Cradle, etc.
   * Set up 'GEAS volunteers coordination Superstructs' for all continents and one for international waters.   * Set up 'GEAS volunteers coordination Superstructs' for all continents and one for international waters.
   * Put out call for 'First Aid hacks' among amateur survival engineers.   * Put out call for 'First Aid hacks' among amateur survival engineers.
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   * Second medical hack: Nasal purifier can be made from: http://www.cpapman.com/DREAMFIT.JPG   * Second medical hack: Nasal purifier can be made from: http://www.cpapman.com/DREAMFIT.JPG
   * Report: Botanical sanctuaries and national parks are plundered for possible cure against ReDS (a disease in 2019).   * Report: Botanical sanctuaries and national parks are plundered for possible cure against ReDS (a disease in 2019).
 +  * introduced the term Terror Retail, black markets selling dodgy health solutions.
   * Report: The Association of European Zoo-s is organizing a quarantine of all primates against ReDS to Gibraltar.   * Report: The Association of European Zoo-s is organizing a quarantine of all primates against ReDS to Gibraltar.
   * Joined P2P Medical Care superstruct.   * Joined P2P Medical Care superstruct.
 +  * Report: Fruitfly navigated ReDS reconnaissance ROV, blueprints available for fabbers.
 +  * Discussion: What do we do if the initial excitement of our Superthreats wears of and it just becomes uninspiringly awful?
 +  * the introduction of the term [[Galactus Syndrome]]
  
 == Interesting ideas in the Game == == Interesting ideas in the Game ==
  
-  * hacking homo sapience: ways we can exploited our own primate behaviors+  * hacking homo sapience: ways we can exploited our own primate behaviours
-  * criticism against the prolific use of urban gardening and solarpanels as solutions to all problems everywhere. +  * criticism against the prolific use of urban gardening and solarpanels as ultimate solutions to all problems everywhere. 
-  * most activity until day 4 is mainly targeting niche problems or very general philosophythe organizational stuff looks very Western, with lot of fabbinghacking and gardening involvedThe stories that are written are very personalwhile the strategic things are written rather dry and impersonal+  * Cross-species-politics: artificial intelligencehuman enhancement and human rights for all Great apes diffuse old borders. 
 +  * Viral sovereignty: any pathogen found local to state (whether existing in nature or engineered) is the inherent intellectual property of that state. 
 +  * A public map of urban wild food sources. 
 +  * [[foxp2]] 
 +  * A Distributed Workforce Networkin emergency situations, turn your large company into many small ones. 
 +  * Dunbar's Number; a direct corrolation between brain size and size of social groupsWe have a very directvery hardwired limit on the number of people who we are capable of treating like people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number
  
 == My observations == == My observations ==
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   * Some people use the game to promote their site / idea, I guess I do that too, I've put my survival engineering research in there.   * Some people use the game to promote their site / idea, I guess I do that too, I've put my survival engineering research in there.
   * Third day of the game the first criticism of 'unrealistic' forecasting has appeared. I view this as the first signs of real discussion.   * Third day of the game the first criticism of 'unrealistic' forecasting has appeared. I view this as the first signs of real discussion.
 +  * most activity until day 4 is mainly targeting niche problems or very general philosophy, the organizational stuff looks very Western, with a lot of fabbing, hacking and gardening involved. The stories that are written are very personal, while the strategic things are written rather dry and impersonal.
 +  * The actual superstructing is quite ineffective, you set up your kind of structure for people to join. Then some join it, and then nothing happens  any more. Within this superstructing-set-up there is not enough infrastructure for people to work together.
 +  * The discussions are not turning up many brilliant new insight yet. Day 8.
 +  * Contact between players is slowly picking up.
 +  * There is a kind of rather vulgar excitement in Superstruct, the kind that drives disaster-tourism. It's not a pretty sight. I wonder how many African former child-soldiers would be eager to play this game. As Busdriver says: Recreational Paranoia Is the Sport of Now. A superthreat, it worked for Bush and it works for Superstruct.
 +  * Looking at player profiles I estimate 60% of players is a small sustainable farmer in 2019.
 +  * I get the impression the game is massively dominated by American and European players of a certain age-group, with few specialists like physicians, farmers, etc.  This probably makes the forecasting unreliable.
 +  * I've not played for two weeks, but little seems to have developed in the discussions. Somebody made a better website interface called Reconstruct but it has only 40 members.
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 +== Game technical points ==
 +  * player-profiles should have been searchable so you can connect to people you need.
 +  * the computervoice in the 5 introductions to the game is too difficult to understand for non-native English speakers.
 +  * a few too many links are not working on the site
 +  * any player with a 'space' in his/her name errors when sending a message.
 +  * early work disappears beneath more recent stuff, so ideas and discussions tend to be repeated.
 +  * Superstruct and Discussion titles are now editable, which helps to improve their efficiency during the evolution of the game.
 +  * On day 9 new features have appeared on the site, live chat, support pages, a more official complaints department, and an announcement of skills search among players. This was sent only to the **335 players** active in more than 1 superstruct.
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