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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    The human species is rapidly and indisputably moving towards the technological singularity. The cadence of the flow of information and innovation in...

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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    Jeff Jonas wrote in General Purpose Sensemaking Systems and Information Colocation

    ... With information trapped in the tailored database schemas of systems of record, operational data stores, data warehouses and data marts, it is no wonder organizations continue to struggle to make sense of it all – despite decades of effort and innovation.

    Performing some kind of federated search over all these disparate data sets just has not ever delivered. In fact, federated search bites when it comes to sensemaking because the diverse data structures are incapable of supporting a sensemaking function.

    If you want to be smart, you will want to jam the available, diverse, observational space into the same data structure and in as close to the same physical space as possible.

    Data is data.

    When reference data, transactional data, and even user queries are colocated in the same data structures and is the same indexes as the extracted features from text, video, biometrics, and so on … something very exciting happens: data naturally finds data and context can accumulate.

    ...

    Long story short, when this general sensemaking system came on-line it started finding marketing hosts comping their roommates and lots of other unanticipated novel discovery. So much novel discovery, it earned the name Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness or NORA, we got two rounds of funding, IBM bought my company to get its hands on the technology, and the rest is history.

    Simply said, you have to have a brain (multi-purpose, general structure) to think (sense make). Then with a brain, the smartest you are going to be is a function of what observations you have properly contextualized into that meat space between your ears.



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    The science of complex systems is transforming science and its role in society. Building on the traditional focus on the parts of systems, the new approach integrates the networks of relationships within and between systems. These relationships are responsible for the collective "emergent" behaviors we see in all physical, biological, socio-economic and technological systems.

    Complex systems research can answer questions previously considered outside of the realm of scientific inquiry. This includes using science to understand human behavior, social interactions, and the consequences of policies and decisions of our society.


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      economics
      multiscale method
      ethnic violence
      networks
      healthcare
      evolution & ecology
      management
      systems biology
      education
      engineering
      military conflict
      development
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    Evolution and Ecology

    NECSI’s research into evolution clarifies basic issues in evolutionary dynamics such as how altruism arises, the origin and characterization of biodiversity, as well as the interplay of evolution with ecology. Specific work addresses:


    • Patterns in Space and the Dynamics of Evolution
      The gene-centered view as a dynamic version of the mean field approximation
      Biodiversity and spatial symmetry breaking
      Genealogical trees and biodiversity
      Estimating the diversity of a population from a sample
      Evidence for why reproductive fitness isn’t necessarily predictive of long term survival
      Environment modification and inheritance
      Origins of altruism, including altruism by social signaling
      Sewall Wright's shifting balance theory
      Celllular automata models of evolutionary self-replication



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    The source of the term Journal for the Traction TeamPage database is Douglas Engelbart's NLS system (later renamed Augment), which Doug developed in the 1960's as one of the first hypertext systems. Traction's time ordered database, entry + item ID addressing, and many Traction concepts were directly inspired by Doug's work. I'd also claim that Doug's Journal is the first blog - dating from 1969.

    More importantly, Doug's focus has never been "content management" or some buzzword - it's been improving the performance of teams dealing with complex and challenging tasks - "raising their collective IQ". Augmenting human intelligence is a challenging and noble goal for social software.

    In the late 1960's Doug created the Journal (along with the mouse, shared-screen interactive hypertext and video, dynamic outlining and many other inventions) to support the needs of high performance, problem solving teams.

    Doug’s first hypertext Journaling systems were deployed as part of the original ARPANet Network Information Center (NIC), starting with ARPANet Node 3 at SRI - i.e. the third node on what we know as the Internet.
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