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Adelo Vant

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Is the cultural anthropological impact of technology and information changing?

Future: Information creates social change and technology application?
Legacy: Technology creates social change and information application!

Do government, academic, economic, and industry leaders understand an Information Society Environment (ISE) will impact technology spending, require information compliance by hardware, software and standards?

Will government, academic, economic, and industry leaders be changed or impacted by an ISE dynamics, social/cultural boundary and borders flexibility?

Will the ISE be as disruptive (more or less) to society/culture, governments, academics, economics, and industry as 1900...2000 digital and telecommunications information technology ... hardware and software?


Closing Statement from Adelo Vant

Presently valuable information is lumped together in an information pile by most, but not all folks. IOW: Human gnome information for most folks is like all outer information not very useful. In the future as metadata/structure is added to information far more people will discover and use available information for presently unknown and unique purposes.

Legal mandates by governments or societies will be a waste of time, like the present war on drugs, the past prohibitions on booze and sex, and the concerns on printable guns. I like a few others (are not nihilist) expect the future will be far better, because information discovery and use will be uncontrollable by any means, and information application controllable by all folks. Maybe government will eventually be pure DEMOCRACY, which should scare the heck out of the powers that be presently.

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    Apr 30 2013: Part of what we are starting to see—and will see more of—is that there is a universal maximum on the curve of information-technology's impact. People are moving from idea to idea and paradigm to paradigm faster and faster to feed the addiction for novelty, and the result is that the potential applicability of claims in a given paradigm is not being tested out in meat-space. The impact is that hope of change and optimism about potential disruption will accelerate, but actual progress on the ground will slow toward 0, and without competition among paradigms in anything more than a virtual arena, the evolution of infrastructure and superstructure will be stunted. The biggest change will be the decline of change - except within the system to support the novelty-stream of the armchair rationalists.
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      May 1 2013: A dystopian society in an entropic universe actually progressing will slow toward zero. Sounds like only gods and heroic leaders (like Marvel/DC super heroes) will be able to save or enslave US, EU, all others. (IMO) Zero is a concept number expressing the unknown or absent as well as the unmeasured and/or unwanted, but never will zero express nothing. Zero indicates we are forced or decide to ignore something important.

      Sometimes the number “0” and/or negative numbers are used to express the problems or unimportance by foolish people. The value or vector relative to other values or vectors can always be set as equal to zero. So, in some weird way for me “0” is always the starting point for everything in time and space.

      Information or technology is the topic. Information Technology (IT) impact and advancements are always proportional to available information. More information means more technology, science, engineering, learning, application, innovation, synergy …. Technology, opinion, humor … are not the problem, but a distraction (some more fun than others). Information is not the problem. (IMO) Information availability and application could be part of the solution or problem.

      Humans without reliable (best factual available) information will use fantasy, dogma, mythology information to explain anything and everything. Maybe eventually schools will teach students to seek reliable information to form ideas and opinions about themselves, family, friends …and the universe.

      Armchair-rationalists or Dogma-drunks are not the same. The rationalist is sane (rational), the dogmatist may be insane (irrational). A qualified (PhD) scientist has methods/facts for reasons. A certified (PhD) scientist has an agenda/dogma for opinions.

      Objective: Information creates change and application.
      Legacy: Technology creates change and application.

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