Re: [unrev-II] Buckminster Fuller Institute

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Wed Jan 19 2000 - 17:08:55 PST

From: Eric Armstrong <>

Ron Goldman wrote:

> Speaking of Buckminster Fuller, check out:
> <snip>
> BFI's new online service will serve ...
> 4. A robust database and search engine that links people with
> relevant information, projects, individuals, organizations and tools,
> and that facilitates the exchange of resources."

This is getting towards a DKR. Hopefully, though, we can apply newer and
better technology to the solution.

> Chaordic Alliance:
> "Development of visual and physical models...The models must contain
> the ethical and spiritual
> dimensions generally lacking in current models. In addition, computer
> simulations will need to be created to allow people to quickly see how
> clarity of purpose and principles allow institutions to self-organize,
> evolve over decades, and link in new patterns for an enduring
> constructive society."

We need to keep from making the same fundamental mistake displayed
above. As one of my academic advisors once said, the key is to chose a
problem that is large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be

Whether it is energy, the DKR itself, or some other problem, our success

will be predetermined by our ability to limit the scope of the problem
something achievable. Selecting the right problem to work on will be

Ideally, the prototype system we develop for that will act as proof of
principle, solve a constrained problem, and be something we can use to
design the next-version DKR.

  As nicely symettrical as it would be to develop a DKR using a DKR,
  there is a fundamental bootstrapping issue -- there is no DKR to use.
So we
  can't use one to develop one. I suspect we need to choose a real
  however constrained, and build a DKR specifically for it.

  If the DKR we develop is sufficiently general to work on the chosen
  problem, and at the same time allows tracking designs for the next
  generation DKR, then I suspect it will be an unqualified success.

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