By Régine Debatty, posted on May 3, 2006.
Dave Chiu and Didier Hillhorst have developed an interesting concept of what they call Reputation Management Service. Interesting because it gives a glimpse of what tomorrow could bring but I also find it rather frightening (and not just because I never ever pay my bills on time). RentAThing enables negotiation for access by addressing risk.
A series of transaction mechanisms and interactions leverage trust and reputation to enable a variety of scenarios involving access to objects and services. Instead of silos of reputation, with various services, companies, and individuals developing isolated reputations, RentAThing provides a centralized means of managing and developing a single reputation: your reputation.
As you go through life, you acquire a reputation. Do you pay your bills on time? How do you treat library books? Do you forget to return money you've borrowed? This reputation affects your ability to gain access to things and services. In the future, with spimes and smart objects as actors in a world of ubiquitous information, your objects could be rented to anyone at any time. Gaining access to those objects could be as simple as having a great reputation.
I was listening to someone talk who pronounces the word "ecosystem" as "echo-system," and it occurred to me how perfect this is!
We live in a vast echo-system, where our actions really do follow us around. That is how reality works, and the sooner we become conscious of it, the better it is for us and others.
I am thinking of altering my own pronunciation of "ecosystem" just so I can increase the chances that someone else will hear and respond to the word "echo" in it.