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Hypersystems: A Base for Specification of Computer-Supported Self-Learning Social Systems

  • Kristo Ivanov
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Abstract

This paper introduces some general features of the idea of hypersystem seen as a general computer-technological implementation of the concept of a self-learning social system. A hypersystem-base is presented in terms of a matrix that also suggests some necessary future developments of preliminary attempts in terms of what has been called co-constructive systems. Hypersystem computer support may be used in order to elicit, and keep track of the relations between, various descriptive and normative (is-ought)system categories that relate to the views of particular social actors, both groups and individuals. It is suggested that computer support may be expanded in order to obtain a qualitative follow-up or evaluation of the system’s evolution in matrix terms. Some problems that come to mind in the context of the first hypersystems implementations point at the need to follow more closely the original theoretical categories or to reform them in order to prevent their possible misuse in practical situations.

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Hypermedia social systems computer application constructivism educational technology evolutionary systems 

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  • Kristo Ivanov
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  1. 1.University of Umeå, Institute of Information ProcessingUMEÅSweden

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