Re: [unrev-II] Is "bootstrapping" part of the problem?

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 15:31:48 PST

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    CoDIAK connections for bootstrapping? ... Facilitated Co-Evolution within our
    Cyberinfrastructures .... in pursuit "As much as possible, to boost mankind's
    collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems."

    May I suggest bootstrapping the development of OHS/DKR technology in context with
    Digital Earth (.geo) and Information-In-Place(s), along with testing knowledge
    management approaches by Cliff Joslyn's Global Brain, Jack Park's Ontology and
    Topic Maps, and Rod Welch's Schedule Diary System (SDS) for a pilot project
    proposed by the Western Hemisphere Knowledge Partnership 21?

    A Western Hemisphere Knowledge Partnership 21 is proposed to harness and distribute
    exploding knowledge during the 21 st century.

    "In recognition of this challenge and opportunity in the 21st century, several
    individuals from diverse institutions in the Americas encouraged by Sigma Xi, The
    Scientific Research Society, have become interested in the concept of a Western
    Hemisphere Knowledge Partnership 21 (WHK 21) to explore this knowledge-based and
    human centered experiment. WHKP 21 would involve:

       * the power of distance education to help transform traditional modes of
         education into life-long learning (,
       * growth of academic exchanges in the America (,
       * development of collaboratories to add new dimensions of interaction and
         synergy in the research infrastructure of the Americas (
         /2080/docs/collab and,
       * access to an exploration of The Global Energy Strategy (,
         to the extensive environmental studies of IAI, and to MIT's Global System for
         Sustainable Development (,
       * exploration of critical issues such as (a) including the environment and
         natural resources in national income accounts and (b) valuing intellectual
         property rights,
       * new patterns of partnership among the physical, biological, health, and social
         sciences, engineering, and the humanities,
       * new modes of partnership among academia, business and industry, the several
         levels of government, and nongovernmental organizations, and imaginative
         initiatives in local communities to build on indigenous capabilities.

    A planning conference of interested individuals and institutions from all over the
    Americas is envisaged to review this scenario and to frame appropriate action. Put
    in place by 2002 along the lines suggested above this, experiment would be a
    fitting renewal of the spirit of the Earth Summit on the tenth anniversary of that
    hope-filled event. It would also have profound implications for the future at other
    regional levels around the world. It might even help the world to enter The
    Knowledge Age."

    Tom Malone at Sigma Xi says:

    "We have within reach tools to address the major problems of the 21st century. Must
    have vision and must want to pursue that vision. Vision might be a society where
    all human needs and maybe wants can be met by maintaining a healthy, attractive,
    biologically productive environment.

       * Dissemination merges into lifelong learning.
       * Problems of the 21st century are sustainability and equity.
       * Growth in economic productivity and population are exponential. Widening gap
         between rich and poor. If you bring knowledge to bear on these two driving
         forces, you can have an impact on the problems.
       * Proposed Knowledge Partnership 21.

    Can’t do these things without what Digital Earth is working on. This would be a
    good Digital Earth demonstration project.

    And, Curtis Carlson and Yvan Leclerc at SRI say:

    ..."As a potential top-level domain (TLD), .geo would enable location-based access
    to all Internet information that refers to any place or region. This information
    will be displayed as a conventional web page, as a map, or as a navigable 3D
    environment. ...Our revolutionary approach allows users to explore the Internet the
    way they move through the world," said Curt Carlson, CEO....

    ... According to Dr. Yvan Leclerc, Senior Computer Scientist and project director
    for the .geo initiative, "SRI's proposal meets ICANN's every objective. .geo
    harnesses the convergence of computing, wireless and geospatial technologies to
    expand the value and reach of the Internet to the international community."

    And the future goals of Digital Earth, Alan Gaines at the National Science
    Foundation explains:

    Need to look at DE 10 years from now to anticipate the kind of research we need to
    do in order to get to where we
    want to go.


       * Benefit to humankind via understanding of environment, improved stewardship of
         natural resources
       * Advances in observational technologies; computation and communication
         capability; data representation and management
       * Marketplace - demand for geospatial info and services

    Digital Earth must view the Earth as an integrated system

    It is where the science is going; looking at all components of earth. We now are
    understanding individual components
    but must work to understand earth as a complex, integrated system.


       * Massively distributed data processing
       * Data and systems must be fully interoperable
       * Component based, scalable, extensible
       * Dynamic, predictive modeling capability
       * 4 dimensional capability
       * Tetherless broadband communications
       * Complex, but intuitive, user-friendly
       * Universal access (not just geographically, but to people of varying


       * Data management --- massive, unstructured (seismic, satellite weather data,
         satellite imagery)
       * Data distribution/discovery
       * Data interoperability
       * Data fusion - dependent relationships among variables; different scales and
       * Visualization -- shared, interactive, immersive 3-D; must be interoperable,
         continuously variable resolution; intuitive representations of uncertainties is a new startup that can assist with the (Tele)collaboration and
    tetherless broadband communications requirements. The InfoTelesys Mission:

       * To make the world a better place,
       * showing respect for all creation,
       * while operating with complete integrity,
       * for it is in God we trust.

    An opportunity exists to incorporate these requirements into the design of its new
    satellite network plans for providing fiber optic capacity worldwide, based on the
    following International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assigned frequencies that recently acquired from Rostelesat:

    1.980 – 2.010 GHz
    2.170 – 2.200 GHz
    2.675 – 2.690 GHz
    7.250 – 7.550 GHz
    7.900 – 8.200 GHz
    10.700 – 10.845 GHz
    12.750 – 12.825 GHz
    15.430 – 15.450 GHz
    19.300 – 19.320 GHz
    19.800 – 20.040 GHz
    20.050 – 20.200 GHz
    29.500 – 29.740 GHz
    29.750 – 29.900 GHz

    In summary, InfoTelesys offers a broad range of wideband telecommunications
    service, including two-way wideband data transport, multimedia services and private
    networks. Pervasive in business, private networks can be tailored to meet unique
    bandwidth, security, and cost goals. Private networks provide the majority of
    internal telephony and “intranets” for industries such as aerospace, automotive,
    broadcast distribution, entertainment production, medical, software, banking and
    finance, air
    and ground transportation, education, retail, and energy.

    To connect many sites in a geographically dispersed network, satellite routing has
    significant performance and cost advantages over fiber optic and wireless
    alternatives. Studies have shown these advantages increase with:

       * Distance between points to be connected;
       * Number of points in the network;
       * Variation in traffic loading on network paths;
       * Geographical or political boundaries between points in the network;
       * Frequency of relocation of network sites; and,
       * Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) devices have the potential to
         create flat panel phased array antennas of various sizes at attractive prices,
         including the capablity of providing communication links to fiber access
         points for private networks.

    As company operations become more globally dispersed and joint ventures more
    common, the demand for flexible global networks is expected to soar. Future
    broadband (Ka-band) satellite systems will provide more capacity to private network
    users than all current satellite systems combined. However, multiple spot beams
    carrying multimedia traffic between millions of direct access terminals require
    planning that will assure that a system has the capacity and connectivity essential
    for the evolving telecommunications traffic to be carried by these systems over the
    life of the space and ground assets.

    One of the most important aspects of this integrated system architecture approach
    is that it addresses the concerns of all the stakeholders interested in the system:
    customers, financiers, service providers, the system operator, and marketing, and
    not just the technical developers.

    So, after reviewing the following link about technology road maps for geospatial
    Interaction, Shared Spaces, and (Tele)Collaboration, let's discuss setting up a
    CoDIAK meeting.


    John Deneen
    Dir. of Satellite and Wireless Internet Infrastructures

    Doug Engelbart - Bootstrap Institute wrote:

    > Message
    > Quick scan of this thread, and I'm impressed by eloquence and erudition. But
    > I'd like to clarify what "bootstrapping" has meant to me, because I feel that
    > some of that eloquence and erudition has addressed other usages of the term,
    > including covering broader types of exponential change.
    > Let me provide some background using ref material as published in last winter's
    > UnRev-II Colloquium, as well as some in earlier, hard-copy pubs:
    > Yes, many exponential challenges -- AND not being matched by the
    > evolutionary paths of our organizations' ability to cope:
    > <>
    > Problems are accelerating, but so are Opportunities:
    > <>
    > Goal/Strategy: three statements that launched my "bootstrapping" strategy:
    > <>
    > Expansion of the bootstrapping picture, circa 1962:
    > <>
    > More refined conceptualization, from the '92 paper in the Groupware
    > Conference: <>
    > Summary: The snowballing growth of complex, urgent problems facing society was
    > my primary "motivating driver" in '51; and such problems, because of scale,
    > have to dealt with collectively. The concept of harnessing computers to
    > improve our collective capbility to handle complex, urgent problems came next
    > -- within minutes, actually.
    > "Bootstrapping" strategy emerged in the several-year development of the '62
    > paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."
    > The '60s & '70s saw our evolution of NLS and collaborative augmentation benefit
    > significantly from "local" bootstrapping -- our developers "living it," and
    > from '74 to '88, our application-support people and customers becoming a
    > dynamic part of the process.
    > >From '89, within BI's history, we had considerable refinement of
    > scaling-motivated strategic concepts as exemplified in the published papers of
    > '90 and '91, and last year's Colloquium.
    > I've certainly realized that knowledge and Collective IQ alone aren't enough to
    > produce a sane and lasting society -- in fact, in the '60s, as I became more
    > aware of such important elements as spirituality, integrity, etc., I almost
    > abandoned the "Collective IQ" goal in favor of some of the other movements of
    > the day. But, with a bit of reflection, I realized that converting the world
    > to any "better" mode of life would be a large-scale, complex challenge -- as
    > will just the matter of determining a best set of society's large-scale target
    > goals.
    > So, the meaning of "bootstrapping" that I bring to our UnRev is focussed on
    > compound interest (compound ROI) on investments in boosting our collective
    > capabilities to identify and pursue collective challenges and collective
    > pursuit of solutions -- and all of this within the huge scale of global
    > society, because we'll all go down together if we can't cope with global-scale
    > challenges.
    > Very appreciatively, Doug
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