Technopolitics: the potential of connected multitudes

During the last year I have been involved with the interdisciplinary research group @datAnalysis15M launched by Javier Toret working in an ambitious project studying social-media networks of grassroots self-organization of the Spanish 15M movement. One year later, the result of this research is the release of the document “Tecnopolítica y 15M, la potencia de las multitudes conectadas. El sistema red 15M, un nuevo paradigma de la política distribuida”.

I contribute with a chapter (in Spanish, soon some of the results presented there will be published in English as well) about how the presence of different types of self-organization processes are reflected in different types of fractal and multifractal patterns in the dynamics of the system, and the implications for the understanding of social media-based processes of grassroots political self-organization.

The release of the work consist on the following material (licensed under CC-by-sa and GFDL):

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Analizando redes de interacciones sociales en el movimiento 15M

Ignacio Morer acaba de presentar su proyecto de fin de carrera “Análisis de redes de interacciones en el entorno del movimiento 15M” en el que hemos estado trabajando durante este año. Ha hecho un gran trabajo analizando diferentes formas de auto-organización en distintas movilizaciones que tuvieron lugar en mayo de este año (12M15M, huelga de educación, 15MpaRato, etc.), estudiando propiedades de topología (redes de mundo pequeño, redes sin escala), descripción de comunidades a diferentes escalas (presencia de niveles de mesoescala) y la dinámica de diferentes redes (procesos de ruido rosa).

Aquí puedes acceder al Documento del trabajo realizado y a la presentación de la defensa del proyecto.

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Ultrastability, Homeostasis and Neural Assemblies

A few months ago I presented a talk entitled “Reappropriating Ashby’s Ultrastability for the Modelling of Neural Assemblies” at the “Cognition and Consciousness” Retecog Summer School 2012. In the talk I analysed homeostatic models derived from R.W. Ashby’s notion of ultrastability and propose a new model inspired in the ideas of homeokinesis and autopoiesis, where the homeostatic variables are the relations between the components of the system instead of the state of the components themselves. The result is a moving and changing homeostatic area which continuously adapt to the agent’s sensorimotor loop.

I recently obtained new results using just three oscillators as a neural controller of a robot in a phototaxis task, which allows us to watch the homeostatic regulation in 3D. The video shows an agent displaying an auto-regulated preference for two different types of light. This autonomous preference emerges as a result of the coordination of homeostatic regulation and sensorimotor activity.

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COMSC talk: measuring the ‘collective mind’ of the 15M movement’s network

I recently participated in the UOC/IN3 Communication & Civil Society seminar ‘Cultura digital, redes y política distribuida en la era de Internet. De la Primavera Global a la Net Democracy‘, presenting some of the results of the 15Mdata research group. I presented some measures characterizing self-organization processes in social networks behind some of the events promoted by the 15M movement in Spain. We used 1/f noise and multifractality analysis tools used in psychological experiments to characterize the ‘collective mind’ behind these processes.

You can check the slides and watch the stream video of the talk (both in Spanish).

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Academic website

Welcome to my academic website. I’ll be posting here my publications, ideas and projects.

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