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DKR Scenario 29 Dec,

This is a scenario meant to show a few capabilities when working in a DKR (Dynamic Knowledge Repository) environment. Please don’t read for specific logic, artistic licence has been applied for and granted by the imagination guild of cyberspace.  

Joe, from ‘Augmenting Human Intellect’ ’62, and you sit down at a nice desktop computer with a large, high resolution screen and Joe asks you about how it’s been going organising the 50th Anniversary of the Doug demo and you start mumbling something and it all seems a bit incoherent and he then points out that this is actually a great start for a demo of the 21st Century DKR so he fires up his ‘DKR Chat’ application. 

Before he does anything specific he congratulates you for the early decision not to try to implement a DKR as a single product but as a way to tying together current protocols and practices into a large collaborative workspace, in effect turning the internet into a DKR.  

You decide to start by looking how you decided to incorporate JSON technologies into the project – you can’t remember exactly why or how you planned to use it.  

‘DKR Chat’, he reminds you, is a chat system build on Solid, which stores the dialog of the group’s discussions and evolution. Since everything in the DKR environment is richly meta-tagged, including real-world time-code stamped for video and audio he can choose to see anyone’s comments based any criteria, such as comments which included a URL in the discussion and so on – the chat effectively also becomes a time browser.  

DKR Chat is only one application in the DKR ecosystem, other people have built what they call OHS Chat and he points out he is not entirely happy with their choice of names but it really doesn’t matter, the DKR is not a piece of software, it is an ecosystem of interactions so anyone can build any type of tool to do anything they are capable of imagining and implementing.  

* In the DKR ecosystem, the only limits are the size of your ideas and the degree of your dedication + your ability to make your data interoperable * 

After typing a few keywords searches for ‘JSON’ Joe decides to show off a little and speaks: “Show me all the comments Jack made which were replied to by Stan and was about JSON” and the screen shows the results. It’s a neat trick and then he asks: “Show me all the chats where someone mentions JSON” and you have a screen full of sentences which includes the word JSON. 

Now it’s both hands on deck. Joe clicks and drags the sentences around the screen and chooses to assign colours to some of the different people on the team who spoke more about JSON than the rest. He then uses this to cluster people and other relevant keywords into a beautiful diagram of the discussions.  

You come across JSON-LD and you ask Joe what they is and in half a second he has the wikipedia definition up on the screen and that is somewhat useful and all occurrences of JSON-LD are visually linked to help you see where they were mentioned.  

After a while of moving the information space around you feel you have come to understand better why and how JSON was used so you ask Joe to pack it up and publish a rich PDF for you which you send to Stan.  

Stan has a system for his email which takes all PDFs and stores them in his cloud where all meta-data from the rich PDF is extracted and he has set an AI bot to look for a few key interests and alert him, so he is alerted to this email and he chooses to open the rich PDF into his AI Ecosystem app, which is fully DKR compliant and integrated, meaning he gets all the sophisticated views you and Joe created in DKR Chat plus specialist tools for his particular world. Stan runs some other AI routines on the document space, watches the view change and then changes it a bit further and then has another insight, which he adds/annotates onto the space and connects live to Jack’s knowledge garden where Jack sees what he is talking about but changes the perspective completely, looking at the space from the point of view of the concepts, not the people. Jack then he sees some interesting relationships and locks it into the document for Stan who sends it back to you. You then open the document and realise that you were looking at it from an odd perspective and now it all largely makes sense but something doesn’t fit so Jack gives you access to plug into his knowledge garden and when you play around with some connections and relationships you also ‘get it’. 

Now you feel you have a good ‘story’ of how it all came about so you publish to a repository as a ‘document’/documentation, which features powerful archival support and you are secure in the knowledge it will both be stored and also consulted, since all the meta data and all the special views are encoded in the document so the server can perform operations on the document plus millions of others. Anyone can now search directly in the document based on keywords, availability of specific citations or views and so on. 

You then tell the system to transfer an address of the document to Houria who chooses to put on her high-resolution VR Headset and look around the view, making changes of her own. While in the VR space she adds some voice annotations and curates a thread which she forwards to Wendy who receives it on her phone, interactively speaking the journey of what the document has revealed.  

And there we go. Wendy sends it to Les who uses entirely different software to interact with the space and so on. The DKR allows the user to interact with incredible amounts of accessible data in extremely deep ways and to share it widely.  

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DKR Scenario 28 Dec

This is a scenario meant to show a few capabilities when working in a DKR environment. Please don’t read for specific logic, artistic licence has been applied for and granted by the imagination guild of cyberspace.  

Joe, from Augmenting Human Intellect ’62, and you sit down at a  nice desktop computer with a large, high resolution screen and Joe asks you about how it’s been going organising the 50th Anniversary of the Doug demo and you start mumbling something and it all seems a bit incoherent and he then points out that this is actually a great start for a demo of the 21st Century DKR so he fires up his DKR Chat. 

The specific question is how you decided to incorporate JSON technologies into the project – you can’t remember exactly why or how you planned to use it.  

‘DKR Chat’, he reminds you, is a chat system build on Solid, which stores the dialog of the group’s discussions and evolution. Since everything in the DKR environment is richly meta-tagged, including real-world time-code stamped for video and audio he can choose to see anyone’s comments based any criteria, such as comments which included a URL in the discussion and so on.  

DKR Chat is only one application in the DKR ecosystem, other people have built what they call OHS Chat and he points out he is not entirely happy with their choice of names but it really doesn’t matter, the DKR is not a piece of software, it is an ecosystem of interactions so anyone can build any type of tool to do anything they are capable of imagining and implementing.  

* In the DKR ecosystem, the only limits are the size of your ideas and the degree of your dedication + your ability to make your data interoperable * 

After typing a few keywords searches for ‘JSON’ Joe decides to show off a little and speaks: “Show me all the comments Jack made which were replied to by Stan and was about JSON” and the screen shows the results. It’s a neat trick and then he asks: “Show me all the chats where someone mentions JSON” and you have a screen full of sentences which includes the word JSON. 

Now it’s both hands on deck. Joe clicks and drags the sentences around the screen and chooses to assign colours to some of the different people on the team who spoke more about JSON than the rest. He then uses this to cluster people and other relevant keywords into a beautiful diagram of the discussions.  

You come across JSON-LD and you ask Joe what they is and in half a second he has the wikipedia definition up on the screen and that is somewhat useful and all occurrences of JSON-LD are visually linked to help you see where they were mentioned.  

After a while of moving the information space around you feel you have come to understand better why and how JSON was used so you ask Joe to pack it up and publish a rich PDF for you which you send to Stan.  

Stan has a system for his email which takes all PDFs and stores them in his cloud where all meta-data from the rich PDF is extracted and he has set an AI bot to look for a few key interests and alert him, so he is alerted to this email and he chooses to open the rich PDF into his AI Ecosystem app, which is fully DKR compliant and integrated, meaning he gets all the sophisticated views you and Joe created in DKR Chat plus specialist tools for his particular world. Stan runs some other AI routines on the document space, watches the view change and then changes it a bit further and then has another insight, which he adds/annotates onto the space and connects live to Jack’s knowledge garden where Jack sees what he is talking about but changes the perspective completely, looking at the space from the point of view of the concepts, not the people. Jack then he sees some interesting relationships and locks it into the document for Stan who sends it back to you. You then open the document and realise that you were looking at it from an odd perspective and now it all largely makes sense but something doesn’t fit so Jack gives you access to plug into his knowledge garden and when you play around with some connections and relationships you also ‘get it’. 

You then tell the system to transfer it to Houria who chooses to put on her high-resolution VR Headset and look around the view, making changes of her own. While in the VR space she adds some voice annotations and curates a thread which she forwards to Wendy who receives it on her phone, interactively speaking the journey of what the document has revealed.  

And there we go. Wendy sends it to Les who uses entirely different software to interact with the space and so on. The DKR allows the user to interact with incredible amounts of accessible data in extremely deep ways and to share it widely.  

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Update email to group, 27 Dec 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

The status for the initiative to produce Something To Demo for the anniversary is nothing. Virtually nothing has been achieved this year.  

Organising for the celebrations on the day however, is coming along apace, with SRI and CHM collaborating so that is all well and good. While some of us thought we could inspire some collaboration to build something useful it turns out we have only been badgering a lot of you. We apologise.  

I am not the boss of this nor do I have any special qualifications, credentials or even credibility and I would be very happy to hand this over to someone else to bind together, but frustrating as it is, I think trying to build something to demo is vitally important. I have therefore decided to stop emailing you as a group, since this is just cluttering your mailbox. I will ONLY keep emailing those of you who explicitly ask me asking to stay on this software build list.   

However… 

Just as we needed to develop an environmental movement to help us deal with the environmental problems we are facing, there will at some point, a point I think we have long since passed, be a need to develop a deep literacy movement to help us deal with the sophisticated systems and tools we will need to develop in order to deal with increasingly urgent, complex problems.  

If we don’t do this, we will tip over to a point where we simply won’t have developed the expertise, experience, knowledge and know-how as well as culture and attitude (getting rid of the “I’m not a computer person” and “what I learnt to do in college is good enough 20 years later because I don’t have time to become more efficient” or even “tools don’t think, people do” on the theme of “guns don’t kill, people do”) to build ever more powerful knowledge systems. 

In order to do this we will need to coordinate designers, users, researchers, cognitive scientists and computer scientists on a useful scale. Otherwise, we will be stuck with the click-button over-simplicity which has dominated human-computer interaction since the popularisation of the GUI.  

Doug On Skis 

In my mind Doug Engelbart is screaming down a hill with the finesse of a world-class skier, in consummate control of every muscle in his body to move him over and around the shape of the mountain, hitting exactly the right beats, going exactly where he wants to go, with the greatest efficiency. Behind him are the rest of us, walking down with skis in our luggage since it would take too much effort to learn how to ski properly. 

Athletes of The Mind 

I am not talking about how to move through snow of course, I am talking about how we move through and manipulate information. Where we plod, he flies through cyberspace. It makes me smile thinking of him like that, but when I see the rest of us bumbling down the mountain there is nothing but sadness and fear, fear that we may simply not be up to the task of building augmentation systems for athletes of the mind with anything like the zeal we employ to augment and cheer on athletes of the body.  

Do we as as species posses the ability to come together to do that? Does our current population of 7 billion or so contain enough people who are passionate about this and organisations who will support them? 

Urgency & Opportunity 

This is an existence level question since it is becoming increasingly clear, as Doug warned us and Donald demonstrates, that our problems are becoming ever more complex and time sensitive but our ability to deal with the problems is not nearly keeping pace. I pointed out to the group that we have a once in a lifetime opportunity with the anniversary next year and I asked what people wanted to contribute but the response was a heavy silence. To enter 2018 with no real direction, resources or plans will be terrible. Every day gone reduces our ability to produce something amazing.  

• Can we build a truly rich dynamic knowledge space, in Doug’s language a Dynamic Knowledge Repository?  

• Can we even define what a modern DKR would be?  

• Or will we simply continue to work on our isolated projects and chat over coffee, only improving as much as a single effort is capable off? 

ACTION REQUEST 

I therefore ask you to have a look a the core Criteria for a 21st Century DKR. Please review and comment on whether you agree or have anything to add: http://wordpress.liquid.info/dkr-criteria-after-further-comments/ Also, for you who are interested, there is a weekly call today, 5PM UK time, 9AM Pacific: https://join.skype.com/jyTAc0eRXnJj 

And here is a picture of our 7 ¾ month old son Edgar when he got to meet Santa. I hope we will all get to *be* Santa next year   :-) 

Frode Hegland 

The Liquid Information Company 

#liquid.info | futureoftext.org 

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