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From a negative spiral of failure to the useful term reverting?

While I consider myself an AI and System & cybernetic researcher, I can’t undo myself from the impression that both domains have failed. There are genius insights that arose from the domains, but the impact on society is marginal. I consider it a failure if we consider the expected impact on society and the current impact.

Today I read a story that again gives me the feeling of failure. There is a nice article in wired about technological evolution: The interview is just a small summery, but I get the impression that much is reinvent the wheel. Accept the mentioning of Stuart Kauffman, I didn’t see any other of the great authors in the summery nor did I read it between the lines.

We fail as a science if people reinvent the wheel, it means we did something wrong, that we didn’t make the insights become autonomous entities in our society (e.g. strong memes). I think the article actually gives us an idea why we failed in respect to the economics of our science. Let me quote a part of the article:

…That was the difference between Tim Berners-Lee’s successful HTML code and Ted Nelson’s abortive Xanadu project. Both tried to jump into the same general space—a networked hypertext—but Tim’s approach did it with a dumb half-step, while Ted’s earlier, more elegant design required that everyone take five steps all at once.

Did we try to do it to good and therefore failed? Do we need dumber half-steps? Notice how in this article the whole idea of variety by natural selection is actually expressed by a term with more negative connotation: “To create something great, you need the means to make a lot of really bad crap.”

Frustration about integration


You can find my quite often in a deep debate at the cafeteria on our campus. The thing is, I just love to solve hard problems, think about world views and allow out of the box conclusions. Today we discussed migration and integration again. I know several volunteer that help troublesome students to not fall out the system. There is a big frustration by many volunteers as no structural solution is given to this problem.

The teachers says "Yes we can" and he did


This blog is about Barack Obama, he may not be my president, but he is my teacher. I want to congratulate him and wish him the best with making his visions real. It has been a few months since I share a tear of happiness by listening to Obama's speech. Lately the debate got more tough and it looks like the main ideas where already present for a few months.

Mini ECCOn

Last week we had a mini ECCO conference (ECCOn) with three international speakers of ECCO. It makes me wonder if we can do a bigger conference in the near future. Each speaker’s topic was quite different, but there was a common ground: each one talked about knowledge and cybernetics. The first speaker looked at the web, the second speaker took it to the brain while the last speaker projected it to the universe. The last one was probably the most controversial and I will use this blog to give my reflection on it.

Gaps in Wikipedia because of politics?

Today I've been reading an interesting part of history on nuclear reaction in the book "Pandora's Hope" by Bruno Latour. The reason I'm reading this is related to innovation study I'm conducting. The part goes about the research of Jean Frédéric Joliot who is working on chain reaction in 1939. Now of course I was very interested how this is related to the Manhattan Project.

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