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  • In his novel, set in the distant future where ‘scarcity economics’ no longer rules, whuffie is based around personal reputation, and is accrued when other people attribute something like ‘coolness’ to you, and add whuffie to your account.

    It is dark, you are likely to be eaten by a Zombie

  • The question now: how to tap the "whuffie" -- or influence -- of the site's most popular users.

    In Brazil, Telefónica Bets on a Celebrity's 'Tweets'

  • Generating whuffie is an ongoing effort — unless your project is over and done with, and you don’t intend to make more money from it ever again.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • Many readers here will be aware that I'm a fan of the notion of whuffie (borrowing from Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom).


  • Cory Doctorow  (or here) postulates kind of a trustworthiness currency called "whuffie".

    Trust and reputation systems: redistributing power and influence

  • This functions as money in the basically post-Singularity world described. book is available for free download from Cory himself - google it - and there is a description of "whuffie" in wikipedia

    The Speculist: God and the Singularity, the Survey

  • A great fictional example of this is Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" wherin people get and give "whuffie" which is essentially their esteem rendered in a point system.

    The Speculist: God and the Singularity, the Survey

  • In that book, all of life's necessities are free, so the currency, called "whuffie," is all based on reputation.

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  • The chart below explains the game theory of what really happens in "whuffie" type reputation systems:


  • There has been an interesting resurgence of interest in community allocated "social capital" systems, driven by the rise of social networking, a concept sometimes known as "whuffie" from a Cory Doctorow novel,



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  • Whuffie is the ephemeral, reputation-based currency of Cory Doctorow's sci-fi novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. This future history book describes a post-scarcity economy: All the necessities (and most of the luxuries) of life are free for the taking. A person's current Whuffie is instantly viewable to anyone, as everybody has a brain-implant giving them an interface with the Net.

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    November 22, 2008