Simulating a Global Brain using networks of international organizations, world problems, strategies and values - global brain 00

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Simulating a Global Brain
using networks of international organizations,
world problems, strategies and values
presentation by
Anthony Judge, Nadia McLaren, Joel Fischer and Tomáš Fülöpp
Union of International Associations (UIA)
Brussels (http://www.uia.org/)
Paper available at: http://www.laetusinpraesens.org/docs/globrain.php
UIA - Quick Overview
• Develop and manage large databases
• Non-profit research on international organization
• Largely self-financed -- cost-recovery
• Sale of information services
• Concerned with meaningful use of information by int. orgs.
• Operates from Brussels since 1910
– Otlet / 15,000,000 / Universal Document Network / hypertext (1935)
– Knowledge representation in a computer-supported environment (1977)
Prime Data Sets
Knowledge bases
Publications
Projects
Items
Links
Profiles
Maps
CD
Books
Organizations
53631
137000
yes
yes
CD
book
Problems
56411
265300
yes
yes
CD
book
Strategies
32695
239963
yes
yes
CD
book
Human devel.
4817
16130
yes
yes
CD
book
Human values
3257
119545
yes
yes
CD
book
Biographies
21625
-
yes
.
CD
book
Bibliography
34158
-
yes
.
CD
book
Meetings
160189
86683
yes
.
.
book
Information Product Mix
• Reference books
• CD-ROM
• Web
– Pre-prepared (Static)
– Created on-the-fly (Dynamic)
– Participative (User data editing)
• Multi-media integration (VRML, Java, Sound)
• Hybrids
Interlinked Knowledgebases
GB-relevant Features: 0
• Organizations = Globally connected distributive
knowledge systems (pof global brain?)
• Problems = Collective phobias, neuroses (of global
brain?)
• Strategies = Collective procedure, best practices (of
global brain?)
• Human values = Attractors / Repulsors (of global
brain?)
• Meetings = Binding moments (of global brain?)
GB-relevant Features: I
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Global: “world” / “unitary” / “integrative”
Interrelating different kinds of entity
Interaction with information sources
Hyperlink context and generated links
Hypertext editing
Use of multi-media for conceptual integration
Feedback loops
GB-relevant Features: II
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Reflection of real-world preoccupations
Perceptions vs Facts
Exaggerated claims and contradictory statements
Non-closure and incompleteness
Global modelling and simulation
Subject matrix
Humour
Approach / Assumptions /Bias
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•
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Real entities: orgs. / problems / solutions / values
“Global”: comprehensive / pro-variety / “world”
Matching networks: problems/orgs./strategies/etc
Collecting biases / misrepresentations
Incomplete / long-term
Low-resource / geared to income stream
Innovative low-tech / continuity
Progressive Refinements of Problem Loops
Date
Chains
Profiles
1995
1999
1999
2000
9,519,722
15,000,000
46,474,882
16,091,877
1,239,769,768
6,891
1,217
12,397
-
-
2000
4-Loop
115
-
-
-
230
5-Loop
527
-
-
-
473
6-Loop
3,058
-
-
-
1,163
7-Loop
3,568
-
-
-
3,473
8-Loop
excluded
excluded
excluded
excluded
10,600
9-Loop
excluded
excluded
excluded
excluded
35,438
Total
7,303
6,000
15,958
8,253
51,555
Visualization & Mapping
• Java spring maps
• Virtual reality
• Netmap
• Decision Explorer
VRML Example 5a: Organizations - sphere (EU system)
VRML Example 1: World problem loop interlocks
VRML Example 2: Organizations - network
VRML Example 4: World problem loop interlocks
VRML Example 6: Organizations - solar (World Bank
system)
Challenges for UIA
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Mathematical limitations
Provision of meaningful integrative tools
Integrating multimedia tools into h/l editing
Role of metaphor
Quality intelli-work / Fruitful input
GB-Concerns: I
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Cultural assumptions
Styles of global brain
Volatolity and coherence within a GB
Expanding knolwedge universe
Globality of person // Resonance with GB
Hemispheric organization?
Higher order functions and self-awareness
GB-Concerns: II
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Knowledge “corruption” and “diseases” of GB
Funding development of a GB
Limits to collaboration in GB development
Global brain: What for?
–
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–
–
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Because it is possible?
Because it is needed?
Because it is a powerful symbol?
Because it would engender new learnings?
Because it is effectively emerging?
GB Knowledge classes
New
Integrative
Alpha
Paradigm-shifting
Beta
New patterns
Gamma
Delta
Dimensions of global brain
Integrative knowledge
Dynamics/Speed
Intensive / Interface
Machine intensive
Collective intelligence
Configurative/Static
Extensive/Distributive
New knowledge
Meeting Insight Capture
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7,000 futture int. meetings: key events?
Binding moments
Speed vs Configuration
Eliciting patterns
Cognitive resonance with patterns
Maps / Morphs / Melodies
Time binding vs Ever-rolling present
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