The Web 2.0 Journal has an article outlining the architecture for an attention platform.
Here is the crux of Alex Iskold’s piece:
This platform is designed to bring together attention capturing services, attention storage and attention applications that deliver end user value. The key aspects of the platform is decoupling between the services allowing various vendors deliver different implementations, yet communicate via common protocols.
A common set of protocols aka an IEEE-like standard (think 802.11 a-z) would certainly expedite the creation of an open attention platform and lead to more rapid growth of the Attention Economy.
I am aware of some very interesting work being done in this area. I’m sworn to secrecy right now, but will bring you ‘breaking news’ as soon as I can.