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EC Container 5

Illustration: Textiles


The stored purpose computer design anticipates that machines will augment, not replace human labor.

They have been designed to understand and serve the needs and expectations of people with great precision and subtlety. They have been designed to store analogs of human goals and experience. They have also been designed with strict controls on Purpose, goal pursuit and learning.

In short, stored purpose systems were designed to become good companions to workers.


Warren Jones, Lana Rubalsky (2010) "Illustration: Textiles", wJones Research, January 18, 2010
A knitting club well known on Craigslist for selling beautiful sewing projects, decides to start its own textile company. They buy a metacomputer for the company with a nexus agent, a camera instrument and two weaver bots.

The club defines Purpose for a.nexus to track sales and expenses for the small company and to file taxes as needed. The a.nexus is also given Purpose maintain a company persona website that displays a picture and bio for each knitter and their products. The a.nexus also posts new products on Craigslist, as was previously done by the club president’s agent assistant.

The a.nexus also is given purpose to sort products by popularity for new website visitors and to sort products by likely interest for repeat visitors. Each week on Mondays, the company’s members meet to have brunch and show their latest creations. They also knit, giving the a.nexus opportunity to observe their knitting styles. Finally, they spend time with Nancy the club/company president, who gathers yarn samples for each new product and with the a.nexus, performs a detailed image scan of each product.

In the first year, the company quickly grows its business online. The a.nexus processes an each order on the website, giving each buyer options to buy the original (if still available), a re-creation knitted by the original weaver, or a re-creation knitted by one of the two weaver bots. Each bot is trained by the a.nexus to knit like the original weaver. Each item is priced based upon demand, weaver availability and manufacturing costs.

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