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1 ® National Security Policy Survey of the Literature INFORMATION Robert David Steele OSS CEO Updated 19 August 2002

2 ® 2 Plan of the Brief You have 150 books in the lecture handout. Will only cover 50 or so of them now. Complete text reviews for over 350 books are at OSS.Net, at Amazon, and in the red and green books Information Intelligence Emerging Threats Strategy & Structure Blowback, Dissent & International Relations US Politics, Leadership & the Future of Life

3 ® 3 Relevant Readings on Information

4 ® 4 Bloom on Biology of Intelligence When conformity enforcers silence diversity generators the group is committing mass suicide Language and culture kill half our brain cells Internal processing more vital than external collection

5 ® 5 H. G. Wells on World Brain World Brain is alive and using the Internet Public intelligence and public education will change the way we make policy, conduct operations Biggest change is going to social--who we talk to and why (more diversity).

6 ® 6 Swegen on Global Mind DNA carries information in the 2033 nucleotides that comprise molecule Mind & matter, energy & ecology all come together to form a global mind that reaches outward from Earth.

7 ® 7 Levy on Collective Intelligence National prosperity depends on ability to navigate knowledge space Power is pathological and can only be balanced and overcome by collective intelligence. Cyberspace needs rules or freedom will be lost there.

8 ® 8 Harman on Global MindChange Scientific objectivity and primacy of economic institutions have corrupted our thinking and set stage for massive upheavals around the world. Value-based decision- making is vital to the future of our world.

9 ® 9 Saul on Pathology of Reason Secrecy is pathological, undermines public confidence Intelligence is about disseminated knowledge, not about secrets Western thinking has been corrupted by its focus on industrial processes in isolation from culture.

10 ® 10 Shattuck on Forbidden Knowledge Knowing too much too fast can be dangerous There are things we should not know or be exposed to Neither of these premises supports secrecy Secrecy undermines the ability of people to self- govern and self-defend

11 ® 11 Wilson on Unity of Knowledge All knowledge is related and interactive--science without the humanities is mis-guided dangerous science Knowledge and education must be universally distributed within the public, not held back by selected policymakers

12 ® 12 McKibben on Missing Information Information is not a substitute for being there Television killed history-- media only acknowledges reality for which film exists (last 40 years vice 4000) One day of human observation is vastly more valuable than one day of electronic noise.

13 ® 13 McKenna on Real-Time Forget about trying to predict or impose a future Instead, cast a very wide net of intimate probes for early warning of what your clients need Then be able to collect, process, and deliver in real- time, over and over again

14 ® 14 Evans & Wurster on New Values Knowing who knows and knowing how to find what you need to know will be more important than knowing anything specific Must deconstruct organizations away from production orientation and toward customer orientation

15 ® 15 Davenport & Beck on Attention 1) Global Coverage for AWARENESS 2) Surge target-local focus for ATTENTION 3) Domestic political focus for ACTION 10 seconds for scanning, 3 minutes for attention: new standard for products

16 ® 16 Kelly on the Hive Mind Biological systems are much more competent than automated systems when it comes to handling complexity and generating options We are decades behind in understanding how to make our machines smart

17 ® 17 Strassmann on Productivity Information productivity can be measured Most information technology initiatives provide a negative return on investment Managers have abdicated their responsibilities and allowed technicians to create out of control systems

18 ® 18 Stoll on Snake Oil Internet is imposing a cultural change, impacting on human relations Internet brings with us considerable costs and undocumented dangers

19 ® 19 Dertouzos on Human Needs Software has faults by default, is not human- centered Should get to one device and on-the-fly changes in function Microsoft and other legacy winners are the obstacle to reform

20 ® 20 Denning on Storytelling Technical data inadequate Complex visions best illustrated by stories Allows audience to fill in the gaps and become stakeholders World Bank earns more by sharing knowledge than it does by lending money

21 ® 21 Toffler on PowerShift Information is power New C4I is distributed, not owned by State Bureaucracy is dead Non-state actors have more information, more power, than state--and they are faster at using it

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