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Yes.  And as selectors of each other as selectors of each other.  The crowd is meatware for first and second order
cybernetic systems.  All you need is access and an editable page in the basic; they you start adding business objects.
A really useful object gets adopted by lots of other systems.
That last bit is important.  One can think of these community efforts as bottom-up systems that create and dissolve their
own control hierarchies (a hierarchy of feedback/feedforward mechanisms).   They may start flat but don't stay that way.
They may create arbitrarily deep levels of control, but typically, don't stay that way.  There is some amount of collapse
and rebuilding going on but the time scales for that vary.  One can study the different influences on that.
Consider a reality show in which a single pigeon (called that so as not to spec gender) signs up to have its mate chosen
by a team where the members of that team are other pigeons the single pigeon has dated in the past.   Just to make it
fun, all of the selector pigeons are already mated so they are 'experts' in what constitutes a mate and having been a
mate of the unmated pigeons, have opinions (if not expertise) about the best selection.   Now toss their parents in to
select the mating candidates for the single pigeon from a list submitted by the past mates of the single pigeon secretly.  
All the single pigeon gets to do is throw candidates out.  As the candidate is thrown out, so is the person who 'secretly'
submitted that candidate so in successive rounds, of selection, the better selectors of selections survive.
 Note:  the single pigeon has to live with the selections for at least two weeks in serial monogamy.    That is the show.
You can make this as complex as you like by adding new selector rules.  This is the fundamental issue with orchestration/
choreography systems too.   A disruptive object is not disruptive by kind or type, but by the strategy by which it is applied.
My ex-girlfriends selected my wife.  Having selected them well was the key to the success of the selection of the wife.
Having been selected by them was the key to winning the game defined here as staying married.
From: Michael Champion [mailto:michael.champion@hotmail.com]

If I understand Len properly, crowds work well as feedback mechanisms to weed out the clever ideas that don't work and fuzz together the essentially similar ideas that do work.  They also serve in some way I don't understand to create an overshoot / collapse / reinvent mechanism that one sees both in popular culture fashion and in geek chic.


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