[unrev-II] Glossary - just breaking the ice on this task

From: Bill Bearden (BBearden@BCL.net)
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 15:02:15 PDT

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    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.
    The Frontier

    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

    Bootstrapping Index

    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
    capability depends

    Collective IQ

    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
    outside today."

    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."

    Knowledge Container

    Ontology - A system of concepts and relationships that can be used to
    encode a piece of knowledge


    Concept Graph

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