|Beyond the Information Age discusses a new way of thinking about computers, knowledge and understanding. See the editorial for more information....|
|See also: Epilog, Preface|
This is a good time to look back over the new knowledge presented here and remind yourself of what you have learned. Remember, you were warned in the beginning that this book would hammer your mind with new knowledge and persistent italics. The italics are similar to one of the contrivances that Language of ISSU will use to imprint knowledge upon the human mind. Take a moment to think about what you have learned from this book. As we review you can compare how much you actually remembered. If you find you have forgotten a lot, it may be time to re-read the book as a refresher. Generally all that should be necessary would be to re-read this chapter every once in a while until ISSU becomes available. By using ISSU you will be constantly reminded of the basic material presented in this book.
Chapter One set the main objective of the book, namely to eliminate driving to work, and eliminate the need for office buildings. By decentralization of society we can move ahead into a more promising human civilization. The chapter also gives a general overview of the material contained in the book.
From the Chapter Two you should have learned about our raw data universe of Mass, Energy, Space, and Time (MEST). You should understand that we have sixteen senses not just five. You should be able to look out a window and see types SE, ES, ST, and TS raw data. You should be able to pick up an object in a dark room and identify its SM, ST, EM, and ET data. You should be able to look at a calendar and recognize the ST and TT data. By recognizing these raw data types you get the feel of living in MEST which is the fundamental source of all knowledge. From MEST you understand the limitations of a single data type and know how to search for truth in four dimensions of MEST.
Chapter Three explained Knowledge as the software of life and how it comes in many different types. Types of knowledge like direct, indirect, information, procedures, questions, decisions, contradictions, nonsense, and the end of knowledge were discussed. It is important to become sensitive to these different types to improve your thinking. Overruling all the knowledge types are the concepts of true and false knowledge. Be keenly aware that living things have no truth detector and can be easily fooled by false knowledge. It takes due diligence and technology to find the truth and searching for contradictions is just the start. Looking for the truth in four dimensions is one tool but eventually when we have a software system like ISSU, the search for truth will become automated.
Chapter Four introduced Understanding and explained how it differs from knowledge by the fact that understanding requires energy and is guided by procedural knowledge. Understanding was compared with knowledge that can be stored in memory or in books without needing energy to maintain the memory. The difference between understanding and an understanding was explained and the word affector was introduced to identify an understanding. A list of ing-words like walking, talking, thinking, reading, showed that we all have a large library of affectors that we call on to do our business of life. These affectors are like the application programs that our brain runs at the appropriate time and comprise the actions of what we are doing from moment to moment.
Chapter Five introduced Issues as a combination of both knowledge and understanding and gave an example of resolving an issue. The chapter then introduced the concept of knowledge contexts and how there are Ten Director Contexts: Name, Authors, Purpose, Environment, Language, Configuration, Operation, Owners, Market, and Value that direct us toward the resolution of an issue. An example was given showing how we use the ten directors subconsciously in our minds to solve our day to day issues. The effect of false knowledge on how we make decisions involving issues was demonstrated.
Chapter Six introduced the New Thinking Procedure that will get people beyond the information age and move us toward an age of true knowledge. The new thinking is called an issulizing affector or directed thinking and uses the ten director knowledge contexts to structure thinking. The Issu of Thought was analyzed with the awareness of the ten directors and the concepts of proper thinking and thinking alike were discussed. This new thinking will be necessary for humans to become more compatible with computers and effectively use software like ISSU.
Chapter Seven began Part Two of the book that looks at the future arising out of a new understanding. The concept of the Intelligent- System was defined as a system of both knowledge and understanding that has a life of its own. Intelligent-System has a broader definition of what life really is and web-pages and marriage were given as examples. The scope of intelligent-systems was then described in the four dimensions of MEST making it easy to understand these life-forms. If people are willing to accept this broader definition of life they should be able to make it beyond the information age.
Chapter Eight introduced the concept of the software system called ISSU; the Intelligent-System-Specification-Unit a complex new application of computer technology. It may take humans a hundred years to develop ISSU but eventually society will come under its rule of true knowledge instead of ambiguous information. The chapter described the major software modules of ISSU: The user interface, the Language of ISSU, the ten director knowledge base, the search engine, the proof engine, the true knowledge management system, the issue resolver, the language translators, the voice input output system, the authors resume, the historical knowledge base, the accounting system, the library of understandings, the private patent office, the voting system, the pool of ideas (POI) system, and the security system. The chapter then discussed a new Internet top level domain called dot-issu will change the character of the Internet and provide full service corporations on the Web.
Chapter Nine went into detail about how ISSU will revolutionize business by eliminating office buildings and the commute to work. These two changes alone and the enormous savings in mass, energy, space, and time, will easily justify the investment in developing and training people to use ISSU. The Internet will then become the almost sole purveyor of jobs and enterprise the world over. People will be working from home at jobs many thousands of miles away and be working much more efficiently than ever before. Automated factories will be built and controlled by ISSU to produce a wide variety of products for the local area.
Chapter Ten discussed the Software Society that will evolve out of using a software system like ISSU. By allowing billions of people to collaborate and vote on important issues and then having society ruled by the true knowledge stored in the ISSU will lead to dramatic changes. For the first time in human history society will be governed predominately by true knowledge. People will become aware of the dubious nature of information and develop a proper mistrust of it. This will be the end of the information age and the birth of the age of true knowledge. The chapter also presented examples of how people will work in the new age and how ISSU can be used for entertainment too.
Chapter Eleven brought up the dark subject of Knowledge Warfare and gave a bit of a historical perspective. All warfare has always been knowledge warfare because knowledge directs everything we say or do. By attacking an enemy's knowledge base you can defeat an enemy. Much like the name calling that went on when President Regan called the
Chapter Twelve gave a vision of the future of the human Planetary Mind all controlled by a software system like ISSU. People would wear audio/voice/video headsets to connect via satellite to a single knowledge base of the Planetary Mind. A Space Public Library giving equal access to almost everyone on the planet with education, jobs, entertainment, and especially true knowledge. It will be an exciting new age for human civilization given the tools like ISSU to carry us on towards accomplishing big projects like the colonization of other planets.
Finally, if you have learned what this book has to offer, you should be ready to move beyond the information age with confidence knowing what is ahead. You were given a new thinking procedure that will put you a step ahead of most people and could improve your life as early as today. We will all have to wait until the complex system of ISSU is developed but this book is the first step in training the developers that will make it happen.
One thing you may like to do now is create a 'My Issues' folder on your computer desktop and use it to store your issulized documents that you create using your new understanding. If no important issues immediately come to mind just leave that folder there as a reminder of what you learned reading this book.