Beyond the Information Age discusses a new way of thinking about computers, knowledge and understanding. See the editorial for more information....

People and Computers

If people are willing to learn the new thinking presented in the first part of this book and then go on to develop and use the ISSU software, then a new age will surely arrive. People will be able to connect with computers and computers with people as if they are natural extensions of each other. The computers will use people as understanding engines and people will use computers as an expansion of their mind. To a very limited degree this connection between people and computers is taking place today.

If you look at how people are using the Internet, one of the most popular features is search engines like Google, and Yahoo. Today if you have a question about anything you can Google it and find out more than you ever wanted to know. In a way using these search engines extend the capacity of the human brain by making information from all over the world instantly available. But, anyone who has actually used these search engines knows that getting to the exact knowledge you want is a tedious laborious process. Unless your search terms are very specific you will get results that are too broad to be useful. Currently search engines don't understand the language that they are searching well enough to give very accurate results. And, even when you get their best results they are always in the form of information that you must interpret and wonder whether it is true or false.

Last Update: 2006-Dec-23