Cybernetics

November 20, 2008

links for 2008-11-20

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  • This is a long post, born out of years of frustration with ineffective institutional collaborations. If you only want the highlights, here they are: grow your network by sharing, not planning to share or deciding who to share with; the tech doesn’t determine the sharing – if you want to share, you will; weave your network by sharing what you can, and they will share what they can – people won’t share [without a lot of added incentives] stuff that’s not easy or compelling for them to share. Create virtuous cycles that amplify network effects. Given the right ’set,’ simple tech is all they need to get started
  • A report prepared for the UK Commission for Health Improvement. March 2003

    This report is an illustrated literature review drawing on studies in the fields of education, psychology, organisational learning, personal learning, and participatory approaches to explore understanding of good learning practice. It includes more than 15 case studies that illustrate methodologies and approaches used to share learning in the business, public, and voluntary sectors, paying particular attention to the types of processes that encourage engagement with diverse communities of interest or multiple stakeholders.

  • Evernote is a product that simulates a continuous feed of paper, much like a notebook. What makes Evernote GTD friendly is the ability to 'tag' documents within your tape, which gives you the ability, in my implementation, to see only one particular context at a time. Therefore, it's easy to set up a GTD structure with projects, next actions, and reference material; moving current projects to a completed status, and out of your view, simply by changing the tags around.
  • Growth, volatility, innovation and immaturity characterize the current state of the social software market. It is evolving in response to the demand for a coherent way to support information creation and sharing, team communication and coordination, and communities and informal social interaction
  • This wordpress plugin uses Bayesian learning to determine which post titles are the most \interesting" to your readers. Given a list of titles, it displays n \featured" titles. These are picked randomly, weighted by their current interest score. Given a display of some n items, the plugin collects data about the user's response: no clicks, item 1 and 3 clicked,
    all items clicked, etc. The algorithm uses this data to update the interestingness of each item.
  • This plugin for the popular blogging software WordPress displays the most "interesting" links in your blog's sidebar. Interestingness is determined automatically by a Bayesian learning algorithm.
  • Many of the urgent policy concerns identified here are critical and time sensitive and require prioritized federal action. They are issues that require a focus from the transition team and new administration because if they are not dealt with, they could have great implications for life, well being, or the confidence of citizens in government, or because they have key quickly approaching dates where a decision must be made or actions taken. Consequently, these issues are not necessarily the most important issues in the long term, but rather those that must be dealt with immediately.
  • "As president, Obama will support the development of this vital new platform to ensure that the United States' reliance on foreign space capabilities is limited to the minimum possible time period," the document stated. "The [Orion] CEV will be the backbone of future missions, and is being designed with technology that is already proven and available."

    But the first real measure of Obama's vision for NASA will be his decision on the Shuttle program. This is so critical that the General Accounting Office, a nonpartisan congressional agency that investigates government expenditures, included the conundrum of whether to retire the Space Shuttle on a list of the 13 most urgent issues for the next president beyond the economy and protecting the homeland. That's because the decision will have ramifications that go far beyond determining a retirement date for the Shuttle fleet.

  • Leader Technologies, an Ohio-based “intellectual capital company”, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook. The company claims that Facebook has infringed on one of their patents which relates generally “to a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information.” Sounds like a fairly broad patent which the company simply uses to obtain recurring revenue from large digital companies.
    (tags: patent)
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November 19, 2008

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November 18, 2008

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  • Chaaaaaang!……
    “It’s been a hard day’s night
    And I’ve been working like a dog”

    This first chord that starts A Hard Day’s Night is one of the most recognizable and famous opening chords in rock & roll. It’s played by George Harrison on his 12 string Rickenbacker.

  • The Posse Comitatus Act has traditionally been viewed as a major barrier to the use of U.S. military forces in planning for homeland defense.[1] In fact, many in uniform believe that the act precludes the use of U.S. military assets in domestic security operations in any but the most extraordinary situations. As is often the case, reality bears little resemblance to the myth for homeland defense planners. Through a gradual erosion of the act’s prohibitions over the past 20 years, posse comitatus today is more of a procedural formality than an actual impediment to the use of U.S. military forces in homeland defense.
  • Tarina – Teemu Arina’s blog on networked learning, knowlege and collaboration in organizations

    "I’ve done one statement a number of times: information overload is an opportunity for pattern recognition and thus leads to better abilities to sense what is going on and how to respond to it. Therefore, information overload is actually a good thing. Obviously it brings anxiety at certain times, but if you position yourself with it in a different attitude based on the flow/perceiving metaphor rather than collection/consumption metaphor, you will have much easier time coping with it"

  • wikiHow is a collaborative writing project to build the world's largest, highest quality how-to manual. With your edits, we can create a free resource that helps millions of people by offering solutions to the problems of everyday life. wikiHow currently contains 46,741 articles — written, edited, and maintained primarily by volunteers. Please join us by writing on a topic not yet covered, or editing an article that someone else has started.
  • Encountering 404 errors is not new. Often, developers provide custom 404 pages to make the experience a little less frustrating. However, for a custom 404 page to be truly useful, it should not only provide relevant information to the user, but should also provide immediate feedback to the developer so that, when possible, the problem can be fixed.

November 16, 2008

2010: Bush’s Legacy

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Replace the subject line and body with your first posterous post and hit send! Include pictures, an mp3, or anything else you want to share. It's just that simple.

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November 15, 2008

Bricoleur Systems

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I found this fascinating quote today:

If, as will become the dominant theme of this blog, the Purpose of a System is What it Does ( POSIWID) what does it mean to mankind that so many of our systems appear broken to even unseasoned observers?Bricoleur Systems, Sep 2001

You should read the whole article.

links for 2008-11-15

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November 14, 2008

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  • If one wishes to change the world, one must first change oneself. This was one of Heinz von Foerster’s profound teachings and one that has great applicability today as it seems that many aspects of our lives threaten to spiral out of control. Here in Ontario, which is one of the more tranquil areas on earth, we have had continuing security fall-out from the World Trade Center attack, the Walkerton water system’s e-coli contamination, SARS, a computer leasing scandal in city government and the electricity black-out in August. All appeared to be catastrophes or anomalies but, upon examination, all have been found to be events that we could have, and should have, been better prepared to meet. All the subsequent examinations exposed failures to see the whole picture and to respond with requisite variety when the first sign of trouble appeared.
  • A mathematical analysis of the experiments showed that the proteins themselves acted to correct any imbalance imposed on them through artificial mutations and restored the chain to working order.
  • Prediction: self-promoting hype meets interdisciplinary ignorance

    Category: Evolution
    Posted on: November 12, 2008 8:54 AM, by PZ Myers

    There is a maddeningly vague press release floating around, and I think everybody has sent me a link to it now. It contains a claim by some chemists that they have discovered a new organizing principle in evolution.

  • A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural selection, provides a new perspective on evolution.
  • There are two basic problems to be solved — "What has caused these problems and how can they be solved?" and, "If solutions do exist, are they compatible with humankind's happiness?"
    Both of these problems must be analyzed based upon the careful analysis of human nature. This paper first discusses the problem of what aspect of human nature is relevant to the ceaseless increase of energy use and how such aspects can be utilized to evade the problem. The analysis of the human feeling of happiness will then be presented to examine if the life of decreased use of energy is compatible with the human nature.
  • One of UNESCO's major missions is to promote closer linkages between scientific knowledge and policy-making.

    The work of Mihajlo D. Mesarovic, David L. McGinnis and Dalton A. West … an important contribution to the effort … of "bridging the gap between science and decision-makers". The authors propose a new paradigm, applied in this case to the area of global change, but which can be adapted for application in other important fields, such as population, migrations, employment, etc.: It aims at replacing the input/ output paradigm, generally used in research and policy analysis, by a paradigm the authors refer to as cybernetic and reflexive. In their words, what is proposed is an "integrated assessment, as a process of reasoning about the global future, based on decision support methodologies in which an ensemble of models are used and the human factor is "put inside the models", to represent goal-seeking (adaptive) behaviour and account for non-measurable aspects".

  • For the first time EVER, galaxy researchers have taken pictures of planets orbiting a sun-star, much like our own. The first, taken by the much beloved Hubble Telescope, shows a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis. The second picture, snapped by upstaging Hawaiian observatories Gemini and Keck, shows two young planets orbiting a completely different star located 130 light-years from us! Take that Hubble! But I warn you—like the ultrasounds your friends show you of their three-month old fetus—these pictures wow mostly because of what they are, not because of what they look like
    (tags: astronomy)

November 13, 2008

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November 12, 2008

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