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Re: [ba-ohs-talk] The Endeavour Expedition: Charting the Fluid Information Utility

John.    (01)

I am a little lost here. The proposal referred to is connected to a contract running
from June 1, 1999 to May 31, 2002. From your comments and quick glances, it appears
to fit well within the Engelbart context with shades of his 1962 Air Force proposal:
Augmenting Human Intellect: A conceptual Framework.    (02)

But how does this fit in with CITRIS and MVD? Will the work done under the proposal
be extended? What has been achieved sofar?    (03)

Henry    (04)

"John J. Deneen" wrote:    (05)

> Ref.
> < http://endeavour.cs.berkeley.edu:80/proposal/9907index.html>
> Below are interesting hightlights of the MVD & CITRIS projects'- Vision
> of the Future to discuss that's very common to OHS/DKR:
>           "What distinguishes modern humankind is our
>           collective ability to build more complex tools and
>           communities. In previous eras, these amplified
>           muscle power. In the last half century, a new kind
>           of tool has emerged-information technology. Its
>           impact on society is now only dimly understood. We
>           will explore the future of information technology by
>           creating it and living in it, within the EECS
>           Department, the Berkeley campus, the City of
>           Berkeley, and beyond. ...
>           <
>           http://endeavour.cs.berkeley.edu:80/proposal/9907IIB.html#anchor729043>
>           ... Our goal is nothing less than radically
>           enhancing human understanding through the use of
>           information technology, by making it dramatically
>           more convenient for people to interact with
>           information, devices, and other people. We will
>           achieve this by developing a revolutionary
>           Information Utility, able to operate at planetary
>           scale. To validate the architecture, we will stress
>           it under demanding applications for rapid decision
>           making and learning.
>           <
>           http://endeavour.cs.berkeley.edu:80/proposal/9907IIA.html#anchor726255
>           >
>           ... Our view of the future demands a quantum change
>           in information technology research: dynamic
>           adaptation, self-organization, and personalization
>           on a truly massive scale."
>           <
>           http://endeavour.cs.berkeley.edu:80/proposal/9907IIB.html
>           >
>    * Personal Information Management is the Killer Application:
>         o Computer usage is shifting from corporate processing to the
>           management, analysis, aggregation, dissemination, and
>           filtering of information for the individual in all aspects of
>           their lives.
>    * People Create Knowledge, Not Data:
>         o Information technology has traditionally focused on managing
>           and retrieving explicitly entered data. We will soon be
>           digitizing and archiving the bulk of human activity. It will
>           be an on-going stream culled from everyday human activities
>           and physical phenomena. The analysis, processing, and
>           or-ganization of this information must become more automated.
>    * Information Technology is a Utility:
>         o Access to information cannot stop because a computer has
>           crashed, a link is stale, or a subset of information in not
>           entirely consistent. The challenge is to develop an
>           architecture that continuously provides service on top of
>           highly dynamic underlying information. Flexible architectures
>           are loosely organized and adaptive, allowing great confidence
>           in its operation, and providing ad-ministrative scalability
>           (i.e., the administration of a complex system on a
>           planetary-scale by multiple, unaffiliated people with unique
>           objectives, while its physical and logical resources are
>           constantly changing).
>    * Beyond the Desktop:
>         o When millions of people are conducting their efforts on-line
>           with shared information, the confluence of their actions
>           becomes a powerful means of enhancing our productivity and
>           extracting knowledge from information. The challenge is to
>           automatically infer relationships among information, delegate
>           control, and establish authority from available information,
>           assisted with new ways to interact with information and people
>           to enhance human productivity.    (06)