Knowledge and Learning In The News - 02/01/2007

Mozzie - Google Video
A film about fluorocarbons, global warming and radical brain surgery... Combined live action and computer animation.

The real difference between the two 2.0s - KM World
The term Web 2.0 was invented to call our attention to what look like serious changes in the Web ecosystem. Even if it turns out that those changes are unconnected from one another, the term might still apply if collectively the Web now is so very different from how it was 10 years ago. But, we still want to know if anything connects those changes. Are there Trends with a capital T?

The Craft of Connection - strategy+business
Consider the variety of informal "communities of practice" found in most companies (and often across company boundaries), formed by people who collaborate to share best practices around a common vocation (or passion). Six Sigma "black belts" reach out to one another for help with complex statistical analyses. Field technicians share experiences and help one another troubleshoot initially intractable problems. Researchers tap other experts across the globe for specialized knowledge in developing new products. IT specialists collaborate to make disparate systems robust and complementary.

Making knowledge-informed decisions in a flat world - KM World
In the past, data and intuition could be treated separately. Not so in the enterprise of the future. In a flat world, you might get only one shot at a strategy, so it better be right. That means finding a way to synthesize the quantitative and the qualitative. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), first introduced in the 1970s by Dr. Thomas L. Saaty, provides an excellent approach for achieving a synthesis.

Is the universe actually made of information? - Wired
"It from bit" symbolizes the idea that the physical world has at bottom - at a very deep bottom , in most instances - an immaterial source and explanation; that which we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions and the registering of equipment-evoked responses; in short, that all things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe ... Wheeler, 1990.
Otherwise put, every it -- every particle, every field of force, even the spacetime continuum itself -- derives its function, its meaning, its very existence entirely -- even in some cases indirectly -- from the apparatus-elicited answers to yes-or-no questions, binary choices, bits. - BioInformatics Glossary

Intelligent Disobedience - Here We Are. Now What?
Intelligent disobedience means that the dog must learn not only when to obey the commands of the blind person, but when to disobey commands that might put their owner in danger. What a wonderful concept.

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