Re: [ba-ohs-talk] The Endeavour Expedition: Charting the Fluid Information Utility
Proposal to the California Institutes for Science and Innovation
< http://www.citris.Berkeley.edu/WebProposal_new.doc.pdf > (02)
Based on the link above, I believe nearly all of the ongoing projects at UC Berkeley
will converge into the CITRIS project for Societal-scaled Information Systems (SIS).
E.G.: Smart Classrooms, Smart Buildings, Diaster Risk Reduction, Transportation
networks, Enironmental Monitoring, and Medical Alerts SIS because: (03)
1) "UC and other universities will need to educate greatly increasing numbers of
students in the near future. Studies have shown that problem based learning, remote
viewing of recorded lectures, and other techniques can better serve both traditional
students on campus as well as remote students and professionals. Our Smart Classroom SIS
will better serve all these communities by making these techniques easily and widely
2) Prof. Randy Katz says: (05)
"... [E]ndeavour, is a broad research investigation into future computing architecture
based on harnessing the extremes spanning from MEMS to large-scale cluster machines
distributed across the world. The common theme across these projects is the development
of a reliable, scalable, composible, wide-area service architecture to support diverse
access networks, end devices, and services that can operate on a global-scale. Endeavour
involves over a dozen Berkeley faculty and three dozen graduate students! "
< http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~randy/biosketch.html > (06)
... "To ground the Utility architecture, it is crucial to incorporate stressing
Applications. Ours include collaborative environments to support high-speed decision
making and education/learning spaces. (07)
Integral to the design effort will be a vigorous activity in Design Methodology: formal
methods for specifying the system, synthesizing it onto its underlying hardware and
software components, and rigorously evaluating it to insure its usability by the
intended user communities."
(see the Expedition Cube shown in Figure 1, near the bottom of this link <
http://endeavour.cs.berkeley.edu:80/proposal/9907IIB.html >) (08)
3) Prof. Culler (Director of Intel Research Berkeley <
http://www.intel-research.net/berkeley/index.htm >) explains how the open internet,
microscope sensor networks, and planetary services will evolve based on the following
historical perspective: (09)
* New eras of computing start when the previous era is so strong it is hard to image
that things could be different.
o mainrame -> mini
o mini -> workstation -> PS
o PC -> ???
* It is often smaller than what came before
o most think of the new technology as "just a toy"
* The new dominant use was almost completely absent
o It is likely to come from the extremes (010)
4) The Interactive University - Open Learning Environmwent (IU-OLE): University and K-12
Educators Collaborating and Teaching through Flexible, Repurposable Learning Objects
5) The Interactive University: A Future Model
< http://iu.berkeley.edu/newiu > (012)
Henry K van Eyken wrote: (013)
> 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.
> But how does this fit in with CITRIS and MVD? Will the work done under the proposal
> be extended? What has been achieved sofar?
> "John J. Deneen" wrote:
> > 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. (014)