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Enlightened Imagination For Citizens
When Einstein remarked that “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, he meant “enlightened imagination”—that is, imagination aided by specially obtained knowledge using methods that as much as possible are able to avoid being snarled by our naïve takes on what is around us.

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Thomas Austin - Australia - Rabbits

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In our world, we have enough power to topple our most important systems, but not the power to restore most of them.

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Being heroic in the face of disaster—as humans often are—will not help in most of these cases. This means that we have to “learn about consequences before they happen”. We have to be able to summon vivid enough imaginations of the disasters to be heroic long before they happen. And we have to educate our imaginations how to do this without introducing superstitions and paranoid delusions.

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pm  daily  enlightened  imagination  alan  kay  citizens  citizen  knowledge  enlightenment  nba  2015-09-15  15-09-15  short  long  term  am  0 
september 2015 by bekishore
The Semantic Web as a Matter of Enlightened Self-Interest
Jon Udell, in his book Practical Internet Groupware, speaks about the use of docbases: data stores of semistructured information (documents) in systems like newsgroups, web discussion forums, etc. He states that one of the most important factors in getting a docbase system used is making it a matter of enlightened self-interest. That is, people who store their information in the docbase must get an immediate and useful benefit from doing that.

While this idea is by no means new, it does bring to light an important fact about the creation of standards and new technologies. No one will go through extra hoops and lots of work to conform to a standard, if there is no immediate and useful benefit from doing so. Look at the Web, for example. People who put up web sites got an immediate benefit: they had access to their data from anywhere and could easily share that data with anyone with a web browser.

Unfortunately, the new work on technologies such as RDF and XML do not have this benefit. I see no benefit from providing my information in these formats -- it just means more work for me. No web browser can view these formats, and it seems as if they never will. Unless, of course, I write more files: XSLT transformations to display it properly and DHTML code to modify it, the list goes on.

Needless to say, this isn't going to have very many people jumping to use these new formats. Instead, we need to provide some sort of system that provides an immediate, easy use of structured data. What are the benefits of structured data? One is the separation of form from function. Therefore, any system that we create should allow the presentation of the data to be easily modified. Another is the ability to reference portions of the data. Therefore, our system should allow specific links to be made. Finally, the ability to make queries and changes on large quantities of data. Therefore, our system must have this ability also.

In an attempt to create a system that does this, I've designed Blogspace.
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june 2013 by bekishore

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