There are several things changing at the beginning of the 21st century, including research. That’s a first idea of how research is done in the 21st century.

  1. You don’t have to read books and also don’t have to quote or ‘work scientifically’, because the wisdom of the crowds is always one step ahead over the cartographic wisdom of the non-electronic world, means: Wikipedia beats book and paper research.
  2. Using artificial intelligence algorithms of Google / YouTube can save you weeks and months of time. That algorithms are the best available in the world and will get you quickly related content of your research topic, if you for example upload a video. The related context that is generated by YouTube is much more devoted to the point as any symposium or conference could ever be. The ai-algorithms not only deliver content, but also connect you directly to the experts out there.
  3. To basically do research you only need a blog. Unfortunately there aren’t any fundings for blog research yet. Here I claim: “Will do research for money”. Would do almost any topic in between the color- and artful world.

This is maybe a good place to present you our new node3000-project Eggshell-Robotics. For me blog researchers of the moment are: Serial Consign, The Artful Gamer and Benoit Espinola.

Research and Theory - Date published: January 22, 2008 | 5 Comments

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  1. Hey, thanks for the props Martin. You know I’ve been really digging your content of late as well, so the appreciation is mutual.

    Yeah.. somehow I don’t think adsense and a DONATE button really count as funding.. but who knows, maybe the era of the genuine micropayment economy is not that far off?

    I do like the idea of the blog as a space for [cough] serialized research served in bite sized pieces, much more like real life than dense and formal texts!

  2. Of course, there is a little misunderstanding in the article. Wikipedia beats book and paper research does not mean, that we get all knowledge from Wikipedia know. But the fellow reader will have detected, that I also see blogs as important research tools, as valuable sources of information if done right.

  3. Daniel said:

    Hi Martin, tough assumption you propose. Only blogs and Wikipedia… I do love both of them, and write my own blog too, but I don’t think they will beat books and paper. Being an economist I ceased using Wikipedia for economic topics. I found the articles mostly being tendentious and ideologically formed at best. Also qualified reviews offered by journals will, imho, stay important.
    But I do agree, blogs and social knowledge platforms will become more important.

    Greetings, Daniel

  4. Yes, I think that doing good research is still about being a genuine and original person that is dedicated to its own field of research. At least she has to have enough individual freedom to research on its own things.

  5. Hi Martin,

    thanks for your consideration Martin, I take your blog as a reference and inspiration source too… After I read your post I’ve made a little reflection and I published it… So tell me what you think about it…

    Greetings, Benoit Espinola