Raymond Cote

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Too Big To Know - the subtitle :
"Rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room."

This is the final nail in the coffin of secret intelligence communities and companies devoted to proprietary software. There is nothing intelligent, nor substantively valuable, about “closed” environments if ones purpose is to optimize both the allocation of resources and outcomes beneficial to the public.

The historical context:
Many people have been focused on the changing role of knowledge coming into the 21st century … . . this book says it best, in a form that is easy to grasp for non-digital leaders struggling to decide where to go next … . this book is highly relevant to the 1950’s mind-set that is still prevalent among the leadership of all eight tribes of intelligence: 
- academic
- civil society
- commerce
- government
- law enforcement
- media
- military
-  non-governmental / non-profit

Summarizing the book:
Everything we do now with hierarchical organization, hoarded information, restricted accesses, and isolation from the full range of external sources and methods, is wrong for the spirit of our times, wrong for our network-effect based zeitgeist!

Five recommendations the author discusses:
- Open up access
- Provide the hooks for intelligence (meta-data)
- Link everything
- Leave no institutional knowledge behind
- Teach everyone

Strong provocative message at 4 levels
-Strategic message
"The more one looks at the question, the clearer it becomes that we don’t have an agreed-upon explanatory [or even exploratory] framework within which the question might be resolved." [page 114]

Operational message:
It is not about what you know or even who you know, but about the network you create so as to be able to access the right relevant knowledge when you need it, in the form you need it.

Tactical message:
Centralized authority rots — decentralized authority not only has the agility to be effective in situ, but decentralized authority is also much more likely to “see” and integrate local knowledge.

Technical message:
Citing Clay Sharky, "It’s not information overload. It is filter failure."

KEY CONCEPT:
Knowing by the use of closed systems for 
reducing / filtering / weighting is out of date. Effective modern knowledge systems are linked / inclusive / open.

Today’s networked knowledge
is directly antithetical to every possible attribute of the top-down, “because I say so”, authoritarian, hierarchies Epoch. When even the Harvard Business Review acknowledges that CEO’s not only don’t know what they need to know to make good decisions, but are also not able to to make those decisions by themselves, the times, they are a’changing.

Old knowledge focused on FACTS.
Intermediate knowledge has focused on CONTEXT.
New knowledge is focused on RELATIONSHIPS.

The 21st century institution, like the 21st century network, must be very wide, boundary free, populist, respect those who are credentialed by the network rather than than credentialed by diplomas.

The 21st century institution, like the 21st century network, must be comfortable with a constantly changing “unsettled” landscape of culture, history, and local knowledge.

In all of this, TRUST is what determines the successful collection, processing, analysis, and decision-support rendering of information into intelligence. I speak here of informed trust, not blind trust… . . trust-building networks rather than a lock-box.

The author points out that in the absence of a properly designed network, the massive amounts of information that are accessible, and the new ability of every nut-case on the planet to be “co-equal” to more measured professionals, makes it very easy for even the most well-intentioned researcher to go off the deep endIn other words, not only must we have the world’s best OPEN networks at our finger-tips, we ALSO must have a profoundly professional combination of automatic, social, and professional filters and ingestion / visualization capabilities.

The author distinguishes between 3 types of facts:
- classic facts (in isolation)
- databased facts (indexed in a fixed structural context)
- networked facts (organically integrated/evolving facts which may have many different contexts, visible to different sets of people, and useful in different sorts of ways. 

The author speaks to the “network effects” on science:

- Reality is too big for small theories
[my interpretation is that one has to do whole-systems and real-time science now, the era of knowing everything about nothing that has characterized academia is now over — the PhD’s of the future will be constuctive constructionists, not destructive deconstructionists.]

- Science is flatter
One no longer needs to spend 8-16 years as an intellectual serf. To this I would add that science is now also real-time (that is to say, serious science versus show science). Changes to the earth that used to take ten thousand years now take three. Both science and politics are so removed from current reality and from an integrated public perspective as to be very dangerous to the human species.

- Network is continuously public
This is the part the secret world has difficulty with. They obsess on secret sources and methods as inputs, when all this time they should have been adapting to the prospect of being able to provide continuous decision-support to a full range of customers, in the process creating a Smart Nation. Instead they have a secret black hole.

- Open filters
Buy the book!

- Science with a difference
Cybernetics is now going in this direction, and we may be on the verge of a multi-disciplinary and humanities break-out in which the academic and government paradigms for thinking and studying experience an order of magnitude topsy-turvy “do the right thing, not the wrong thing righter.” This is a great time to be an intelligence professional. Buy the book!

- Hyper-linked science
Science and the humanities today are a travesty. I just ripped apart some psycho-babble about “Intelligent Management of Intelligence Agencies” at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, and I am still irritated. If we do not get serious about creating the World Brain and Global Game(Noosphere) as the Earth Intelligence Network has conceptualized the immediate possibilities, governments and corporations are going to continue a path that is tantamount to mass suicide for the human species.

Primary leadership responsibilities:
- connecting to reality
- make hard choices 
Primary leadership roles
- pick smart people that are self-starters
- creating and nurturing the OPEN networks that allows those self-starters to be all they can be
- be the catalyst for integrating diversity with clarity and integrity

read full book review by Robert D. Steele

read Robert Steele’s article:
The Craft of Intelligence – OLD vs. NEW

Check out Robert Steele’s up coming new book
The Open-Source Everything Manifesto:
Transparency, Truth, and Trust


"The solution to the information overload problem is to create more metadata!"

"metadata is what you already know and data is what you’re trying to find out" (Weinberger, 2007, p.104)

in what seems a disruptive argument, Weinberger tells that too much information is actually a good thing… . he cites Clay Shirky, who argues that “it is not information overload. It is filter failure

Weinberger contrasts the long-form argument of the Age of Books with the loosely connected webs of the Age of Networks in which he argues, the long form argument is a constraint inherited from the medium of print. Our thought process, nonetheless, works not in a simplistic, linear and long form ways but in an intricate web of links and associations which is better reflected in the Age of Networks. Scientists work in private in the Age of Books, after-the-fact peer-review is the norm, but in the Age of Networks, he argues, the filtering process is immediate, open and on the cloud. In short, he argues the abundance of crap and good that is generated through the network gets filtered by the network itself.

read full review by  Getaneh Agegn Alemu

Passionate belief in the why of what you do

is the magic ingredient in great leadership

Gamification is Bullshit - By Ian Bogost

I’m not being flip or glib or provocative. I’m speaking philosophically. More specifically, gamification is marketing bullshit, invented by consultants as a means to capture the wild, coveted beast that is videogames and to domesticate it for use in the grey, hopeless wasteland of big business, where bullshit already reigns anyway.

Read the full Post by Ian Bogost

Let us not throw out
the potential social networking power of gamification dynamics
with the corporate
advertising / manipulation gamification bullshit!

 Gaming is best visualized as:

  1. a dynamic set of formal rules, settings and interactions
  2. that bring pleasure to the player
  3. through the process of mastering the interaction dynamics between these rule and settings
    ( as incremental mastery is inherently pleasurable to humans)

Valid Gamification” is  best visualized as:

  1. a dynamic set of formal rule, settings and interactions that map onto the real world in a one to one isomorphic way
  2. that bring pleasure to the player
  3. through the process of improving the players mastery of the equivalent real world rules / settings interaction dynamics (i.e. simulated learning or real world political control through democratic social networking structures)

"InValid Gamification” is best visualized as:

  1. Corporate, governmental or personal manipulation of others for financial gain or social control through the use of game dynamics.

This talk outlines 4 basic game / reality based dynamics

  1. Appointment dynamic
    a dynamic in which to succeed, one must return at a predefined time to take a predetermined action.
    (i.e. viral democratic citizen / consumer demand social action events)
  2. Influence and Status
    the ability of players to modify the actions of others through social pressure.
    (i.e. shaming corporate greed and excess, gradually pressuring corporate institutions into accept their responsibilities within the context of a democratic community)
  3. Progression Dynamic
    a dynamic in which success is granularly displayed and measured through the process of completing itemized tasks.
    (i.e. open, animated, graphics used as mandatory democratic baseline metrics feedback to display the status and progress of all governmental programs and processes in real time to the citizenry)
  4. Communal Discovery
    a dynamic wherein an entire community is rallied to work together to solve a challenge.
    (i.e. citizens democratically seizing the historically centralized ownership of wealth, power, education and control from elites and distributing them into an organic network of democratic participation)

I disagree with one main point in this presentation!
The idea that we should simply accept as a mater of practicality that building out this new world of social gamification potential atop existing corporately owned social network platforms such as Facebook is in any way acceptable.

WHY is this unacceptable?

In the words of Eben Moglen

Software code is the crucial component of everything in the 21st century

Software is what the 21st century is made of

What steel was to the economy of the 20 th century
What steel was to the power of the 20 th century
What steel was to the politics of the 20 th century
Software is now
It is the curial building block
the component out of which everything else is made

and when I speak of everything - I mean of course:
FREEDOM
as well as Tyranny
as well as Business as usual
as well as Spying on Everyone for free all the time

In other words the very composition of social life

The way it works or doesn’t work
For US
The way it works or doesn’t work
For those that Own
The way it works or doesn’t work
For those who Oppress

All now depends on software!

For better or worse - from here on in
We are all living inside a giant organic SOFTWARE MATRIX

We citizens must either

Seize the software control panel
and demand
 Democratically Distributed Control

OR 

Preside over the collapse of democracy in the information age

EBEN MOGLEN VIDEO PART 2 & 3

#3 The Facebook Platform has one huge weakness: Niche Distribution


 Read full post @ momentusmedia.com

Any successful Facebook Platform developer knows how you build a successful social app. Cater to 100% of the population. The symmetrical and emotional relationships on Facebook only assume that friends have “emotional glue” connecting each other. Unlike Twitter with “interest glue” or Linkedin with “professional glue”, on Facebook you can only assume people will share content that emotionally resonates with a significant percent of their friends and their friends with only click and re-share content that emotionally resonates with them.

The key here is “emotional resonance”. The only content that can spread far and wide on Facebook is content that resonates with basic human emotions and resonates with an extremely high percentage of the population. That leaves about 99% of content out. This content is often called “boring” or “niche” content. B2B business, niche causes, and niche interests are left out while Coke, puppies, Lady Gaga, and Farmville explode.

How Google changes things?
… …

Read full post @ momentusmedia.com



Still let us not forget
that both Facebook and Google are huge corporate profit machines.

Ultimately they aim to own and control the social graph, that immense Social/Web-Semantic-Database-Mapping that constitutes our societal group brain, the very soul of our emerging collective global consciousness, the long awaited NOOSPHERE!

Both Google and Facebook represent privately owned
NOOSPHERE BLACKHOLE VACUUMS !

They are corporate interlopers here to lay claim to the mother of all legacies, the historic sum total of all human effort and knowledge, the thousands of years of cumulative human social capital that rightfully belongs to the global human community as a whole.

Even worse they plan to shackle that mother of all legacies, that cumulative human social capital, as a beast of burden simple to fuel profits for their advertising platforms.

Why Software code is the crucial component of everything in the 21st century and needs to be free and open (Video) - Eben Moglen

Why Software code is the crucial component of everything in the 21st century

Software is what the 21st century is made of

What steel was to the economy of the 20 th century
What steel was to the power of the 20 th century
What steel was to the politics of the 20 th century
Software is now
It is the curial building block
the component out of which everything else is made

and when I speak of everything - I mean of course:
FREEDOM
as well as Tyranny 
as well as Business as usual
as well as Spying on Everyone for free all the time

In other words the very composition of social life

The way it works or doesn’t work
For US
The way it works or doesn’t work
For those that Own
The way it works or doesn’t work
For those who Oppress  

All now depends on software!

 - Eben Moglen

For better or worse - from here on in
We are all living inside a giant organic SOFTWARE MATRIX

We citizens must either

Seize the software control panel
and demand
 Democratically Distributed Control

OR 

Preside over the collapse of democracy in the information age

More Eben Moglen on You Tube

Google finally nails Social

Meet the new Facebook

Google+

I think Facebook is in big trouble! 

It’s all about the interface

Facebook has had years to clean up their lame, hacked, excuse for an interface. Google, also known for it’s ghastly lame interface design skills, has finally got religion. The User interface religion that is!

Andy Hertzfeld one of Apple’s original designers was given free reign over Google’s new interface, which has lead to its Apple-esq appearance.

This is the missing ingredient, the magic sauce Google has been missing up until now! Google need to let this guy loose on everything Google does.

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Still let us not forget
that both Facebook and Google are huge corporate profit machines.

Ultimately they aim to own and control the social graph, that immense Social/Web-Semantic-Database-Mapping that constitutes our societal group brain, the very soul of our emerging collective global consciousness, the long awaited NOOSPHERE!

Both Google and Facebook represent privately owned
NOOSPHERE BLACKHOLE VACUUMS !

They are corporate interlopers here to lay claim to the mother of all legacies, the historic sum total of all human effort and knowledge, the thousands of years of cumulative human social capital that rightfully belongs to the global human community as a whole.

Even worse they plan to shackle that mother of all legacies, that cumulative human social capital, as a beast of burden simple to fuel profits for their advertising platforms.

Why Software code is the crucial component of everything in the 21st century and needs to be free and open (Video) - Eben Moglen

The Internet in Society

Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

by -  theRSAorg

We study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" - Buckminster Fuller

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world." - Margaret Mead 

check out their wikipedia like wiki and learn all about the emerging ideas and practice of Peer to Peer economics.

Wikipedeia about - Eben Moglen

He gives a clear simply overview of how freedom

and democracy are collapsing in the internet age.

Getting our new  DIGITAL PLATFORM KINGS (Google- Facebook ect…) to capitulate to a new DIGITAL MAGNA CARTA requires that we first recognize what constitutes democratic control over our personal, economic and collective computational data-set resources.

What constitutes democratic freedoms within the context of our new reality, an organically-complex socially-networked economy?

This massive, emergent, collective computational-data-heap will soon come to define and control both the topography and ownership of our new socially-networked interconnections landscape.

Our future political and economic freedoms will be fundamentally defined by the ownership and control over these crucial collective social-data resources(wealth&power) .

To preserve any real semblance of democratic control this new reality-defining, Borg like, social-data-heap must be organically distributed into the hands of the citizenry. Anything less will dramatically accelerate the consolidation of the transnational corporate feudalism that we see emerging around the world today.


Q & A - Video

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Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir Ken Robinson: Video on TED.com

Learning is an organic process not a linear process!

An information age education infrastructure can best be facilitated via an organically interwoven social graph of online, interdisciplinary, interactive multi media. learning experiences. We need teams of educators, learning psychologists, animators and web developer to get right down on this and liberate our whole society of potential learners from the financial tyranny of our present day commerial acreditation industry.

A competitive, high quality, online learning environmet with independent testing centers for accreditation!

Let’s have some open competition with the traditional accreditation monopolist and let the educational chips fall where they may. 

Organic Process Literacy

Dreaming Awake - Terrance McKenna

In this expansive talk, given at Fort Mason, San Francisco, on December 13, 1998, McKenna spins the spiritual analogies of dreaming and awakening into a wide-ranging discussion of consciousness, virtual reality, the primacy of language, the plasticity of time, culture as an operating system and the responsibility of working for cultural change.
Why culture is our frienemy is made crystal clear here!

MARK SUSTER’S post is an attempts to visualize an optimal palette of horizontally resizable cloud-function API-layers. Cloud-API layers so fundamental and universally reusable that their collective destiny, when distilled via evolutionary commoditization, is to imbue that old “the network is the commuter” vision with an effective, actionable, layered embodiment.

MARK SUSTER outlines the, horizontally resizable, cloud-API layers that have already been commoditized, the layers that are  in the process of being commoditized and speculates as to what other commoditization layers will emerge. 

The comment section has some great dialectic discussion on the tipping point at which we should push universally commoditized API-functions down into the internet’s cloud-computing engine room without risk of stifling innovation.

The universe is made up of a multitude of layered platforms. Sub-atomic particles, atoms, molecules, complex molecules, life molecules, cells, organisms, social structure, technology, computing APIs, cloud computing APIs, social graph APIs, organic community APIs, organic democracy APIs. Each layer is a form of software that sits atop the layer below it. As you move up these stacked layers each layer is a form of software that algorithmically recombines the components of the stabilized layer below it as if those components were fixed reusable firmware components. One layers software is the next layers firmware components all the way up and down this great God-Head cosmic stack feast. As we move towards the top layers of that stack the spirit of living organic dynamism mischievously destabilizes the separation between the layer. The more environmentally dynamic software layers are able to reach down via interlayer feedback to dynamically alter their own substrate firmware layer. This creates an endlessly complex echo chamber between cause and effect across all the biological, social and computer-extended-social layers of this cosmic reality stack.

All that to say, that at this stage of our emerging cloud-API driven noosphere we are now firmly under the control of a particularly powerful strange attractor, the teleology of self-selecting, self re-enforcing organic complexity.

In other words, in this cosmically complex show, we are in the cheap seats and from this vantage point it is impossible to discern the optimal tipping point between cloud-API software and cloud-API firmware. We may be able to develop a conscious methodology for rolling with the organic punches by using nature’s cheat sheet to extract and distill the universal, reusable, organic schema used so successfully by biological systems and consciously apply those evolutionary schema to our own distributed cloud-API eco-system.

Read the full story @ forbes.com

OpenLeaks will allow leakers to anonymously submit information to a secure online dropbox. But unlike its parent site, it won’t publish that information itself. Instead, it will allow the source to designate any media or non-governmental organizations he or she chooses and have that information passed on for fact-checking, redaction and publication. That difference, argues Domscheit-Berg, will allow OpenLeaks to accomplish much of the transparency achieved by WikiLeaks, without drawing the same political fury and legal pressure.

The project will initially partner with five newspapers worldwide, but soon expand to anyone who wants to participate. “Newspapers, NGOs, labor unions, anyone who wants to receive information from anonymous sources, we enable all these people to run something like this,” says Domscheit-Berg.

And if the recipient organization chooses not to publish a leak? After a time designated by the source, the leaked material can be sent to other media outlets. “If a newspaper doesn’t publish it, it will be shared,” says Domscheit-Berg. “They can’t just put it in a drawer.”

Read the full story @ forbes.com

They are attempting to create an organically interconnected community of journals and whistle blowers. A journalistic clearing house, empowering whistle blowers to target their info at the appropriate media/social level of granularity. Local issue leaks get steered to the local news rag while larger social issue leaks are directed higher up the journalistic food chain. This approach supercharges the whole process by distributing the fact-checking and publishing workload. It is effectively creating a new media-ecology platform that organically amplifies the power to transform social information into a public good tour-de-force.