Artificial organisms might live on attention--they 'sleep' when no one is looking at them and gain energy (cycles) when someone is. Since energy could be used to reproduce, the most attention-grabbing forms would be selected.
Rule Number One is to pay attention. Rule Number Two might be: Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.
COMPETING FOR ATTENTION
What are the implications for art and art education if, as Michael Goldhaber predicts, the new economy is based upon the allocation of limited 'attention' rather than on limited materials or labor?
This is a question I'd be interested in discussing in a virtual seminar. The background articles on this idea are listed below:
DISCOURSE PUBLISHED IN 'FIRST MONDAY'
1. The Attention Economy and the Net
by Michael H. Goldhaber http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue2_4/goldhaber/index.html
2. Economics is dead. Long live economics! A commentary on Michael Goldhaber's 'The Attention Economy'
by Rishab Alyer Ghosh http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue2_5/ghosh/index.html
3. What's the Right Economics for Cyberspace?
by Michael H. Goldhaber http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue2_7/goldhaber/index.html
4. Attention, Media, Value and Economics
by Philipe Aigrain. Building on the debate about the 'attention economy' intiated by Michael Goldhaber and Rishab Aiyer. http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue2_9/aigrain/
GOLDHABER ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN 'TELEPOLIS'
1. The Attention Economy and the Net (rewritten and expanded)
2. Art and the Attention Economy in Real Space and Cyberspace
by Michael H. Goldhaber http://www.heise.de/tp/english/inhalt/kolu/2241/1.html
1. The Economics of Attention
by Richard A. Lanham in the Proceedings of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (1994) http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/ARL/Proceedings/124/ps2econ.html
2. Attention Shoppers! The currency of the New Economy won't be money, but attention. A radical theory of value.
by Michael H. Goldhaber (short version of the essay in Wired December 1997) http://www.wired.com/wired/5.12/es_attention.html
VARIOUS NOTES BY GOLDHABER
1. Advertising in the Cyberspace Era: Going with the flow towards the Attention Economy
2. Attention, Meaning and Meaningfulness
3. Some Attention Apothegms
ATTENTION ECONOMY AND CULTURAL CRITIQUE
1. The Economy of Attention by Georg Franck
2. Doro Franck and Georg Franck Discussion: The Economy of Attention
3. Style as Immune System by Doro Franck
by Doro Franck http://www.t0.or.at/franck/enigma3.html
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