Unfinished Revolution - The advance of computing technology has caused
a revolution in the way we conduct our lives. But an important part of
this revolution is not yet complete.
Complex Problems - Hunger, the environment, uneven distribution of
wealth, are all examples of complex, global problems. Increasing humanity's
capacity to solve complex, global problems is itself a complex problem.
Bootstrap Institute - Douglas Engelbart's not-for-profit organization
whose goal is to increase humanity's capability to solve complex, global
problems with the aid of computer technology.
Human System - People, their organizations and natural capabilities.
Tool System - People's technology. For example, the telephone.
Co-Evolution - Evolution in sync - This is the idea that it does no
good for Tool System to advance to the point that people can't use them.
Tool Systems must advance in sync with the evolution of Human Systems.
Capabilities Infrastructure - Every capability is dependent on other
capabilities. An example of this is: humanity's ability to feed itself is
currently dependent on its ability to produce chemical fertilizers and
A Activities - The basic function of an organization
B Activities - Activities that attempt to improve on the basic
function of an organization (See A Activities)
C Activities - Activities that attempt to improve the improvement
process (see B Activities)
Bootstrapping - The idea that improving a capability on which other
capabilities depend automatically improves the dependent capabilities
Colloquium - A series of lectures and discussions held at Stanford
University from 1/6/2000 to 3/9/2000.
DKR - Dynamic Knowledge Repository - The development of a DKR is the
CoDIAK - Concurrent Development, Integration, and Application of
Knowledge - The DKR enables this
OHS - Open Hyperdocument System - a capability on which the DKR
Intelligence System - Recorded Dialog + External Intelligence +
Knowledge Product -- The Intelligence System is one model of the high level
architecture of a DKR
NIC - Network Improvement Communities - An organization made up of
dispersed people whose goal is to improve some process
Meta-NIC - A NIC whose goal is to improve the processes of other NICs
HPATs - High Performance Augmented Teams
XML - Extensible Markup Language - A simpler form of SGML being
developed (along with a dozen other closely-related technologies) at the WWW
Augment/NLS - A system developed by a team lead by Douglas Engelbart
Data - Numbers quantifying something. For example, "It hit 85 degrees
Information - Data interpreted in the context of other data. For
example, "85 degrees is 5 degrees hotter than the average for today."
Knowledge - Information, interpreted over time, that yields cause and
effect guidelines for future events. For example, "In this area, a 5 degree
increase in average temperature causes a 10% decrease in corn yields."
Ontology - A system of concepts and relationships that can be used to
encode a piece of knowledge
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