Early on in the civilizing world, institutional knowledge began to displace instinctive behavior. This knowledge, derived from actual experience and molded, consciously or unconsciously, by basic philosophical concepts, was passed on by the family unit or village. Today we have no such system by which to share knowledge or even to guide the creation of updated learning traditions. Communicative and collaborative infrastructures are, and will continue to be, an integral part of filling this void. These collaborative efforts must occur at all levels and transcend geopolitical boundaries.
Technological advancements have been somewhat of a double-edged sword when it comes to communication and social interaction. On one hand it has increased our ability to communicate with one another limitlessly, essentially transcending time and space boundaries by allowing communication anywhere to anyone at anytime. On the other hand technological advancements (i.e. text messaging, emails, and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, etc) have created new avenues for communication that severely lack actual physical interaction and face-to-face communication. This lack of in-person communication could threaten levels of trust and honesty in the information exchange and knowledge-sharing process. While new social bonds are being formed via new communicative methods, old social communication methods tend to be devalued.