Sunday, July 17, 2016

THOUGHTSIGNS ENTERPRISES-ReVisited

     
Before addressing the "Collective Intelligence" post below, 
the purpose of which  is to introduce a Business Perspective for translating 
50+ years  of Knowledge Technology Research and Development into 
an exponentially growing network of commercial enterprises, 
you might entertain a cursory review of the following links:
and
MultiCoRelational Systems

and the following link as an example of the post's intent,
“Are You Smarter Than the Average Bacterium?"
Searching for Nature’s Mind"
http://multicorelationism.blogspot.com/2016/07/are-you-smarter-than-average-bacterium.html
We are creating an open, online Community of Inquiry to community source the global sense of the present understanding of the nature of “mind”.

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: 
CONCEPTUALIZATION 
and
APPLICATIONS


COMPANY IDENTIFICATIONS
      ThoughtSigns, Inc. (TSI)/dba-ThoughtSigns Enterprises (TSE)
a private  company, is the managing developer of the AutoGnomics (AG) 
technologya class of Synthetic Intelligence (SI) technology being a MultiCoRelational  semiotic-based formally-grounded standard theory 
of mind that accounts for degrees of genuine,   but non-anthropomorphically confined, mindfulness. This is both a radical and unique approach to the 
development of knowledge that no one else is engineering today.
 Project AutoGnome development aspires to virtual minds in virtual 
communities that are fully generalized—capable of adapting to
 any environment—and autonomous—with an emergent self 
not dependent on external input or control. From 1994-2009, 
$15 million were invested in the AutoGnome development with 
an early equity participation by a fortune 500 company implying 
a $40 million valuation.
PROLEGOMENON
INQUIRY, INFERENCE AND ACTION AS REFERENCED HEREIN ARE FOCUSED ON COLLECTIVELY ELUCIDATING THE "TRUTH WITH RELEVANCE AND VALUE (GOODNESS) TO HUMANITY" OF THE FREETHINKING, OF ANYONEONE, WITHOUT FEAR OF FOOLISHNESS OR FEAR OF THE REACTION OF AUTHORITY, AS WE EXPERIENCE THE REALM OF THE GREAT AND UNIVERSAL UNCERTAINTY FACING HUMANKIND.

Yet throughout history, including the past 50+ years of founders’ hereof, and continuing in this post 12/21/2012 era, the opposition of the materialist/reductionist approach of orthodox science remains strong. Hence we have watched as many of the creative minds of our time have been quieted Galileo-like by the institutional orthodoxy of existing scientific inquiry. We are directing our Mind Trust to the formation of a “Global Council of Elders: Knowledge Creators/Wisdom Keepers” including both those persons still living, and those passed, via a re-creation of a virtual mind for each based on their personal semiotic record implementing the technology introduced herein.

WE EMBRACE THIS COMMITMENT REALIZING BOTH THE GREATNESS OF THE PAST CONTRIBUTIONS OF ORTHODOX SCIENCE AND THE EXPECTATION OF COLLABORATING IN ITS CONTINUANCE, BUT RECOGNIZING THE PROTECTIVE RESISTANCE OF AN ESTABLISHED CULTURE TO THE THREAT OF A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN MINDSET AND ITS RELATED PRAGMATIC PHILOSOPHICAL WORLD VIEW.
We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”
[Interpretation of an alleged German Proverb]
The purpose of this conveyance is to introduce a Business Perspective for translating 50+ years of Knowledge Technology Research and Development into an exponentially growing network of commercial enterprises.
THE HUMAN CIRCUMSTANCE
As humans know it, a defining feature of life is its constant evolution, most times with the change being a transformation by addition or modification, albeit frequently disruptive, but sometimes even resulting in elimination or effective replacement. Similarly, human knowledge itself is in constant evolution, recognizably in recent history at an exponentially increasing rate. Specifically, cognitive science principally through applied information and communication technology has radically changed the knowledge-access palette across humanity.
THE EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSE
Human mind, hence life in general and humankind in particular, is on the doorstep of a co-created evolutionary extension of itself via a distinct new race of integrated human-intelligent machine systems which will in time emerge as an embryonic form of an Autonomous Synthetic Intelligence/Mind. The driver in this Human Mind/Artificial Intelligence research is Science based on the Western Materialist (Systemic) World View which has amazingly brought Human Knowledge from the discovery of fire through the development of language to the exploration of outer space and inner nanosystems. `
THE KNOWLEDGE PROBLEM/DILEMMA/PARADOX
The knowledge of human experience is foundationally categorizable as being either of Things (Systems) or of InterActions (Relations). Although “common” experience is usually of the form of a Thing (hammer) InterActing (hitting) a Thing (nail), not all experience can authentically be represented as such. The Nature of experience, simplistically referenced, includes obviously that which one can point to, Things, but also that which cannot be pointed to, Fields.  A field being NoThing is of necessity a Relational (InterActive) form – since there are only two categories. However, since experience confirms that Fields interact with Fields, existing Western Mathematical Science is paradoxically in deficit since it only admits of the Relations of Things.
MULTICORELATIONAL WHOLE FIELD SCIENCE
MultiCoRelational  founding principals introduced a resolution of the paradox based on a generalization of the notion of Relation. Throughout recorded history this notion was confined to a form in which relations were assumed to exist only between/among systems, i.e. Systems Related to other Systems. Between 1963-1968, research work was introduced in which relations were also taken to formally exist both as Relations between/among Systems and other Relations and as Relations between/among Relations and other Relations, i.e. MultiCoRelationalism was founded adding a Whole Field World View as a generalization of the established Systems World View.
PREMISE OF A NEW MIND
Since we come to “understand” through Mind the experiencing of the ChaotiCosmos we live in, it is evident that “understanding”, being a function of mind, can be enhanced by first understanding mind. It is thus inevitable that Evolution through Human Co-Creation should forge a Synthetic Mind (SynMind) from an experientially consistent well-formed MultiCoRelational Theory of Mind.
MULTICORELATIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF A VIRTUAL MIND
In that the Whole as Relation is No-Thing, we adopt the notion of Field being No-Thing as the MultiCoRelational Form for elucidating mind. At the human mind level, Project AutoGnomicsTM  intends to experientially map the semiotic organization of the human mind, thereon to formulate a standard theory of mind, and to technologically synthesize and applicationally engineer its implementation (the AutoGnomeTM), all via an open participation social network of collective intelligent communities of inquiry, innovation and implementation focused on developing and commercializing incremental Synthetic Intelligence (SI) components of this SynMind. These latter then provide bit MindClones which participate in furthering the co-creative evolution of the SynMind and serve both as Human-SynIntelligent partnerships (CyberGnomesTM) and/or as autonomous Virtual Minds.
TRIRELATIONAL NATURE OF THE AUTOGNOMETM DESIGN
The semiotics theory of AutoGnomicsTM   treats the Observer-Sign-Object triad as a conceptual unit, where the sign signifies an experience to a particular observer. The triad as recorded is still a Systems Related to other Systems form, although historical narratives suggest the creators of pragmatic semiotics may have had non-formalized insights of a higher relational form.
It is at this point in the TransRelational ReConceptualization of the semiotic triad into an authentic TriRelational form in AutoGnomics that we have the bifurcation of World Views from the establishment's exclusive Systemic form into the inclusion of the future’s disruptive Whole Field form. Artificial Intelligence (AI) as currently mainstreaming is of course of the Systemic form; hence we have the welcome challenge of proving the AutoGnomicsTM  distinction in practice as the preferred technology.
It is especially important here to emphasize the distinction between AG and AI pragmatically with respect to its explicit value function. The dominant realization of machine intelligence as AI treats the Observer as external to the relation between the Sign and the Object (or Experience) it signifies. In contrast, AG theory realizes that the Observer-Sign-Object triad must be treated as a conceptual unit, much like the Observer--as--participant in the quantum theory of physical systems. And finally, recognizing this triad as a tri-relational (i.e. a specific MultiCoRelational) form where the sign signifies an experience to a particular observer, we also have the following: A sign of truth to a given observer signifies a realization of the degree of consistency between an expectation and the actual in that observer’s experience. The sign of relevance of the experience to that observer is a measure of the degree to which it does or can effect positive personal change. And finally, the sign of value (goodness) of the experience to that observer is a measure of the positive value of that change personally, but also concomitantly to the collective whole. The Relational AutoGnomeTM is designed to maximize these latter signs in operation thus bringing this form of SI enhancement of human performance to an intentional all-win opportunity for society.
THE AUTOGNOMETM AS A KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPER
The AutoGnomeTM at the cognitive level of software engineering is essentially a Knowledge Developer. Knowledge is that attribute of Mind focused (albeit not exclusively) on Mind’s cognitive/semantic (meaning) functionality. Knowledge grows from Intelligence (the syntactic form) which is born of Data/Information and matures as Wisdom (Knowledge focused through Value in the choice of Acts). The initiating implementation of AutoGnomicsTM, the CyberGnomeTM, as a Human-intelligent machine (AutoGnomicTM) system (CyberMind), is a development stage product originated via a joint venture (UniGnomics)  with Unisys Corporation.
AUTOGNOMICTM COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE TECNOLOGY
The explication of the Web as a Virtual Reality (a computer-based CyberGnomeTM Space) is an image (sign, symbol, icon)-communication system, that is, a MultiCoRelational Semiotic System, which as noted above is also the essence of Mind. This provides an optimal approach to a General Theory of an Autonomous Virtual Society (Virtuality)—this being an autonomous semiotic Community/Universe of Virtual Minds (WebGnomes™); hence Virtuality is related to (Human) Reality through the Virtual Reality of the Web. TSE is organizing a project team for developing a novel multi-user platform for the Collective Intelligence of this Community of Minds based on AutoGnomeTM Technology.

The radical, unique and novel feature of this collective intelligence is that both the individual MyWebGnomes in the collective as well as the CollectiveGnome (CoGnome) itself are intelligent AutoGnomes. 
MISSION/STRATEGIC APPROACH
TSE’s mission is to focus on the Democratization (Sovereign Persons, Individually and Collectively, with Open Participation Governance) of Access to Knowledge and Capital, both individually and collectively, through this Collective Intelligence. The technology is to be applied in Human, Community and Enterprise Development with an initial concentration on Education, Research, and Community, Organization and Economic development through Entrepreneurial Technology Development and Business Applications. To this end, Knowledge-itself is taken to be the fundamental value when Truthful, Relevant, and Collectively Good for Humanity.

TSE has a joint business exploration and development agreement with Charles River Analytics, Inc. (CRA). https://www.cra.comTSE’s strategy is to begin applications projects based on one or more selections from CRA’s abundant IP archive of intelligent systems solutions. CRA is a developer of custom Artificial Intelligent (AI) systems solutions to effectively and efficiently connect human decision-makers to available data and actors, human or machine, in supporting their mission. For example, at a general applicability level, there is CRA’s relational probabilistic reasoning and machine learning technology and applications. From this software start, TSE will effect the morphing of this into an AutoGnomicsTM (AG) Collective Intelligence in a Global VIRTUAL INNOVATION NETWORK (VIN). To implement this solution, TSI/TES co-founded the formation of StartSmartR Capital Corporation (SCC) to manage the commercial implementation of the following:

EXEMPLARY INITIAL PROJECTS:
TSE is organizing an Enterprise focus with initial applications on HealthCare, Environmental Sustainability, and Intelligent Community and Organization Development.
  • With respect to HEALTHCARE, the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:
Intelligizing of Healthcare, by advancing from Crowdsourcing Knowledge to AG Collective Intelligence: Crowdsourcing Clinical Trials (CCT):


·   With respect to ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:

Microbial Organism Systems Management – Microbiomes and Microbiata via  MicroBioSemiotics and MicroBioAgriculture through BionTechnology -- Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET) http://biontech.com and TimberFish Technologies .http://timberfishtech.com : technological solutions using highly diversified populations of microbes and invertebrates for food and feed production, waste and wastewater treatment, and renewable energy generation bringing CRA/TSE multisensor-data fusion and AI/AG control systems into the management of a Bion installation. Also an adaptation of this technology to The Great Lakes Research Institute for Sustainability based in Buffalo, New York - on the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River strait http://greatlakescentersustainability.weebly.com -- will depend upon AG Collective Intelligence in MicroBioSemiotics in order to detect, analyze and distinguish the “languages” of the Lake MicroBiomes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) www.noaa.gov is the lead in this project. However, connections to the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Worldwide, http://www.naui.org which in association with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/environment formed the Green Diver Initiative (GDI) http://www.naui.org/GreenDiver/Overview.aspx, an online community dedicated to the vitality of the aquatic world, will provide an extended population of possible citizen scientists using the Collective Intelligence platform.

  • With respect to INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATION  the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:
 Relational ReFormation of Education in anchoring Cooperative Community Development as the basis for enabling Indigenous Nations, Villages/Towns/Cities, and Rural areas to become Intelligent Communities in the 21st Century.

The Education and Cooperative Organization parts come together in the following: the Intelligent  with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology (ICT) to create inclusive prosperity, to tackle social and governance challenges and to enrich their quality of life.The TSE principals have an ongoing collaboration with leaders of three major long-term Intelligent Community Development projects including:

MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA, USA (2015) Top7 Intelligent Community of 2015
Like rural cities around the world, Mitchell has  been shaped by the productivity revolution in agriculture.  Over the  past 80 years, automation has transformed farming from a labor-intensive business to a capital-intensive one employing a tiny percentage of the workforce.  The six counties surrounding Mitchell  have lost one-third of their population since 1930.  The most talented and ambitious are inevitably the first to go.

NORTHLAND AVENUE BELT LINE CORRIDOR PROJECT
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recently announced a new initiative to redevelop the Northland Avenue “area” (Totaling approx. 500 acres), a very depressed, partially abandoned manufacturing and residential area in the city.  The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (“BUDC”) www.buffalourbandevelopment.com was designated as lead agency to accomplish this redevelopment task. TSE has approached BUDC with a very aggressive and creative plan to develop an Urban Village via the AutoGnomicTM Collective Intelligence Application.

“ALL IS RELATED”
Collaboration between TSI/TSE joined with The AutoGnomicsTM Institute, Inc. (TAI) http://www.autognomics.org to lead in the Futures Global WHOLE-istic Re-culturing of Humanity via a First People’s model based first on the development of a MultiCoRelational (Multilingual/Multicultural) Indigenous Virtual University  which would then provide the innovation foundation to grow an international Intelligent Community Forum Smart City candidate as a notice to the World of the birthing of a New Relational Age born of the ancient traditions of all Indigenous People expressed in the Lakota aphorism, “mitakuye oyasin” (we are all related).
STARTUP BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE
Collective Intelligence Technology-based Business Perspective for two sequential 30-Month periods:
With an Investment of $2.5 million, positive cash flow is reached in the 22rd month with Total Income of about $15 million and a cumulative Net Operating Income (NOI) of about $10 million over 30 months. Over this period the business also shows a Cash Surplus of $7.25 million after Return of Investment of $2.5 million and a Set-aside Reserve of another $2.5 million as a potential Return on Investment. With a Net Operating Income (NOI) annualized at the 30th month values of around $4 million/month after expenses of $750 thousand, this plan generates a business yielding approximately $50 million of NOI annually.

Assuming that in the succeeding 30 months (5 years total), the growth rate continues on the curve reached at the 30th month after startup [i.e. NOI at $4 million per month], and with another $2.5 million of new investment and proportionally increased expenses, there would then be realized an annual NOI of $0.5 Billion at the 60th month. 



ARE YOU SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE BACTERIUM?

Are You Smarter Than the Average Bacterium?
Searching for Nature’s Mind

We are creating an open, online Community of Inquiry to community(crowd)source the gobal sense of the present understanding of the nature of “mind”.

We humans are 90% bacteria!
Recent research studies from a variety of independent groups and organizations, especially accelerating in the last ten years or so, have surprisingly concluded that within the body of a healthy human adult, microbial cells are estimated to outnumber human genetically determined cells ten to one. It is more like a complex ecosystem or human/microbiome—a social network—containing trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms (including fungi and viruses) that inhabit our skin, genital areas, mouth and especially intestines (100 trillion bacteria in the gut alone).

Our majority microbial partners are smart!

More to the point of understanding mind, however, bacteria are now recognized as smart organisms conducting an intricate social life manifested by swarming and their ability to develop large, complex colonies. Collectively, they gather information from the environment, learn from past experience, and make decisions. Genetically, bacteria do not store all the information required to respond efficiently to all possible environmental conditions. Instead, to solve new encountered problems (challenges) posed by the environment, they first assess the problem via collective sensing, then recall stored information of past experience, and finally execute distributed information processing in networks ranging from a million to a billion bacteria in the colony, thus turning the colony into a super-mind.


WHO WE ARE
For our personal health and that of humanity generally, we need to reform our understanding of “Nature’s Mind” in order to develop an adapted theory consistent with this changing experiential/experimental data.
We can all be part of an online crowdsourced collective/collaborative inquiry (citizen philosophers, scientists and engineers) into the elucidation of Nature’s Mind, but "Don't expect to find "the gem" in each inquiry you make, for it's impossible not to find "a gem" in all inquiries, as long as you search with an Open Mind." We are All, AllWays, “Mind Creating Mind”.


Together we will community(crowd)source a new understanding of “Nature’s Mind”.
The two lead proponents of this campaign, Fred Reed (Technology) and Jon Ray Hamann (Theory and Strategic Organization) represent a continuing distributed collective effort to theoretically design and technologically implement an architecture  for building a virtual mind (called an AutoGnome) according to the same principles of life, mind, language and culture that form the pragmatic understanding of human and communal sign creation and usage (semiotics). 

WHAT WE'RE CREATING - AN INSPIRED COMMUNITY OF INQUIRY
Nature, in the broadest sense as used herein, is All (the Whole) of the natural world, both physical (non-living) and living, ranging from the infinitesimal to the cosmic. The longstanding query regarding the origin and nature of mind, leaves the concept of mind to be understood in a variety of different ways by a multitude of different cultures. Obviously many see mind as a property exclusive to humans whereas others ascribe properties of mind to some or all other living entities, and still others attribute mind to all physical (non-living) entities in Nature. The possibility of non-human minds is also a constant of exploration in the fields of extraterrestrial intelligence and machine-based artificial intelligence. 

We're are forming a grassroots people's online network (Community of Inquiry) of autonomous thinkers of all ages and backgrounds and commitments. Together they will be the source of the diverse experience, inspiration and innovation through which Humanity can creatively participate in the continued co-evolution of consciousness in the Universe, i.e.  Mind Creating Mind. This approach is to be distinguished from any approach founded solely upon the restricted experience and Worldview of an "authority-based" selection of small communities of experts.

The principal purpose and near-term goal of this Community of Inquiry is to serve as the online information/communications center from which we can organize a global internet-based research network directed at the cooperative synthesis and application of computer-based virtual intelligence(s)/virtual mind. It is intended to structure this effort as an open participation opportunity for anyone or everyone at anytime and everywhere to individually and/or collectively, dynamically and interactively, record their personally experienced sense and conceptualization of mind, i.e. a True People’s Collaborative Research Facility.

The expected mid-term use of this open participation network of sub-communities in the Community of Inquiry is to initiate incorporation of an agile, adaptive semiotic process for specifying the philosophical and formal foundations, theories and models, and technological syntheses and applications of an evolving virtual mind (the AutoGnome) needed to move from the current (2012) State of Consciousness of Humanity to the Singularity; that is, to the point of realization of the technological creation of an on-the-average smarter-than-human virtual intelligence. The methodology invoked envisions an Open Participation Virtual Institute/University/Campus (from Latin, campus means “field”) for Fundamental Virtual Mind Research and Development with periodic User Rollouts of Limited Virtual Intelligence Applications as they appear either responsive to an applied need or offer an advance in the extant technology

A projected long-term goal of this Institute is to evolve a new interdisciplinary focus of attention -- MicroBioSemiotics – on the relation between human and non-human life forms through increasing understanding of the common features of life and intelligence as influenced within their ecosystems. This approach will modify the use of semiotic theory and technology for inquiry into biological processes in a non-anthropomorphic way. Such understanding will be used to develop new technology for mediating the relationship between human and microbiological life in areas such as health, wealth generation, agriculture, and waste reuse as a constructive environmental initiative.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

EXPLORING A RELATIONAL TRANS(RE)FORMATION OF SCIENCE

As I've just passed my 80th birthday, I'm reminded of how slowly the acceptance of new human knowledge progresses, especially the near static nature of the methodology of scientific inquiry, but how quickly we humans age.  Obviously we are fragile and can simply depart this life at any moment.


As of June 22, 2016, I have committed to a mission of writing two books in two years, timewise in parallel – one on the Conceptual Foundations and Development of MULTICORELATIONAL SYSTEMS (MCRS) and one on the MutiCoRelational Semiotic Formulation of a Standard Theory of Mind and Its Technological Applications, i.e. AUTOGNOMICS and the AUTOGNOME (AG). Although this will involve numerous and varied collaborators, the key coordinating partner at startup is Fred Reed, [https://www.linkedin.com/in/fwreed] a Scientist at Charles River Analytics. As I test out my writings on this site, I will post detailed texts and aggregate references of relevant content on two related sites -- ChaotiCosmos for MCRS and the Institute of Mind for AG. It is the intent to make this material openly accessible for collective participation in the mission.


Closing this “mission statement” with a quotation from Albert Einstein, edited from Tom Bearden, Jan. 2nd, 2003 http://www.cheniere.org/, which succinctly summarizes the mission of this website material.

"In his foreword to Max Jammer's Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969, p. xi-xii, Einstein made the following profound observation: “...the scientist makes use of a whole arsenal of concepts which he imbibed practically with his mother's milk; and seldom if ever is he aware of the eternally problematic character of his concepts. He uses this conceptual material, or, speaking more exactly, these conceptual tools of thought, as something obviously, immutably given; something having an objective value of truth which is hardly even, and in any case not seriously, to be doubted....in the interests of science it is necessary over and over again to engage in the critique of these fundamental concepts, in order that we may not unconsciously be ruled by them."


All “life systems”, in particular sociosystems, and even more specifically, the corporate institutions of science and technology, act to maintain themselves. Yet, given such systems in a changing environment, so also do all “viable life systems” act to transform themselves. In fact, all persons either individually or collectively are committed to some degree of change tempered by some degree of stability, or vice versa. Nevertheless, this difference is the “paradox of systemic existence” and is experienced as a tension between “acts to maintain” and “acts to change” a given order. If the order is the social order, or the state which is founded thereon, then the acts of an individual or small group to change it can be resisted with enormous apparent power. Such is the case in current industrial societies which, to a great extent, are founded on the monopoly of systemantic reductionism in modern science/technology. Radical innovation which is out of consonance with the monopoly is either ignored, neutralized, or eradicated. Still, the essence of being human is that we can choose to be “crazy”. The essence of being politically human is that under certain circumstances we must choose to be crazy. Indeed, when the arrogance of a methodology (i.e., the causal methodology of systemantic reductionism) leads to the expenditure of billions of unknowing (and perhaps unwilling) tax-payers’ dollars without a Philosophical/Theoretical/Experimental alternative as a control (as per the fundamental tenent of science), only a profound craziness can begin to neutralize the insanity of pure positivistic mechanism in science. It is important, perhaps even critical, that we neither disregard the above, accept it at face value, nor become obsessed with it. In the words of Don Juan, we must accept without accepting and disregard without disregarding. But this too is systemically paradoxical. This then brings us to the fundamental purpose for this site, i.e. to develop the non-paradoxical symbol forms of MULTICORELATIONAL SYSTEMS wherein there is the more frequent AHA!­ in Human Inquiry/Discovery.




Saturday, February 27, 2016

77: The PART/WHOLE of (R)EVOLUTION


According to R. Allendy, the number 77 joins the part of evolution to the whole of evolution.

All times are for some, sometimes, the best of times, while for others simultaneously the worst of times. My dream, my hope is that humanity grow the perfection of its wisdom (see below) so that we as individuals might better learn how to cooperatively improve the possibilities of those experiencing the worst of times. Perhaps then we could allways, all times, wish all of the best TO ALL and it might actually be personally meaningful TO EACH.

Two exemplary efforts that I frequently reference are those of

An ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN, LIBERTARIAN, SECULAR HUMANIST, NATURALIST THINKER ---
Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”: To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom# as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically”. 

# [wisdom being knowledge conditioned by one’s collective optimal valuing of the relevance, truth, purpose and presumptions underlying such knowledge/intelligence]

And of:
 [the quotes from both authors are edited for context coherence]:
A STORY-TELLER WHO TRANSCENDS DIFFERENCES WHILE BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN THE NON-NATIVE AND NATIVE WORLDS ---

Kent Nerburn, “The Girl Who Sang for the Buffalo”:This world here is just the cosmic field taking form. When you make an image of something, you are asking the cosmic field to come into that form. You’re making a home in part for the power of the cosmic field. --- Let me tell you, the way we’re living, the earth would be a whole lot better if we weren’t here. We’re the naked animal. We need everything else to survive. So we ought to be helping Mother Earth and thanking her, not just taking from her.--- I learn a lot from animals. My Grandpa said that the cosmic field uses animals for teachers. It puts a special power in every animal so we can learn from it by watching. We watch the animals to know how to live. --- You learned a lot from your Grandpa? --- Yes, Grandpa was a medicine man. He said I’d learn more by listening than by talking."  

A Lesson We Should All Learn.”




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

eKNOWLEDGE PORTAL

A VISION:
A Synthetic Mind

A MEANS:
Through a “Knowledge  Portal”

eKnowledge Portal (eKP),
a local portal to global knowledge
The following is a brief Overview of a Business Perspective for the Systems Integration of the processes of Autonomous creation, extraction, storage, manipulation, and transfer of knowledge, i.e. an Automomous Knowledge System (AKS), onto a stand-alone Application System (Appliance; Device), an Autonomous Knowledge Appliance (AKA). This solution is available as a form of the Automated Inference Technologies (AIT’s) of ThoughtSigns, Inc. (The AutoGnomic Group of Companies) (TSI/TAGC), specifically the AutoGnome (AG). This is implemented by embedding the AutoGnome in ThoughtSigns Enterprises (TSE) turnkey appliances and incorporating a Web-controlled MultiMedia system as an installed User Training Agent.  A first instantiation is a novel “Virtual Technology Innovation Support System” which should serve as a model for a new profit center for research and development parks, innovation centers, traditional incubators, technology transfer offices, offices of sponsored research and CIO’s/CKO’s. 

THE INNOVATION CYCLE

The initial Intellectual Capital (IC) will be focused on automating the 
 Innovation (I4) Cycle, i.e. from
     Ideation (conceptualization) to
     Incubation (gestation) to Initial 
     Implementation (birthing=entrepreneurial introductory implementation) to
     Investment (nurturing=capital infusion including financial, human, relational,  
     knowledge)
 together with the Autonomous Online Community Building AutoGnome.


A COMMUNITY BUILDER: FROM ONE TO MANY(ALL!)

From INDIVIDUAL to HOLOGROUP to HOLOCOMMUNITY to HOLOSOCIETY.

THE DRAMA

A VISION enacted through INNOVATION LEADERS and implementation MANAGERS
in GROUP/COMMUNITY/SOCIETY BUILDING, being a One (and only one) Act Play, LIFE.




Sunday, February 14, 2016

THOUGHTSIGNS ENTERPRISES



NOTE: this post was upgraded on Sunday, July 17, 2016


THOUGHTSIGNS ENTERPRISES  
     COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE 
   APPLICATIONS
16-1-25/16-7-17
PROLEGOMENON
INQUIRY, INFERENCE AND ACTION AS REFERENCED HEREIN ARE FOCUSED ON COLLECTIVELY ELUCIDATING THE "TRUTH WITH RELEVANCE AND VALUE (GOODNESS) TO HUMANITY" OF THE FREETHINKING, OF ANYONEONE, WITHOUT FEAR OF FOOLISHNESS OR FEAR OF THE REACTION OF AUTHORITY, AS WE EXPERIENCE THE REALM OF THE GREAT AND UNIVERSAL UNCERTAINTY FACING HUMANKIND.
Yet throughout history, including the past 50+ years of founders’ hereof, and continuing in this post 12/21/2012 era, the opposition of the materialist/reductionist approach of orthodox science remains strong. Hence we have watched as many of the creative minds of our time have been quieted Galileo-like by the institutional orthodoxy of existing scientific inquiry. We are directing our Mind Trust to the formation of a “Global Council of Elders: Knowledge Creators/Wisdom Keepers” including both those persons still living, and those passed, via a re-creation of a virtual mind for each based on their personal semiotic record implementing the technology introduced herein.
WE EMBRACE THIS COMMITMENT REALIZING BOTH THE GREATNESS OF THE PAST CONTRIBUTIONS OF ORTHODOX SCIENCE AND THE EXPECTATION OF COLLABORATING IN ITS CONTINUANCE, BUT RECOGNIZING THE PROTECTIVE RESISTANCE OF AN ESTABLISHED CULTURE TO THE THREAT OF A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN MINDSET AND ITS RELATED PRAGMATIC PHILOSOPHICAL WORLD VIEW.
We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”
[Interpretation of an alleged German Proverb]
The purpose of this conveyance is to introduce a Business Perspective for translating 50+ years of Knowledge Technology R&D into an exponentially growing network of commercial enterprises.
THE HUMAN CIRCUMSTANCE
As humans know it, a defining feature of life is its constant evolution, most times with the change being a transformation by addition or modification, albeit frequently disruptive, but sometimes even resulting in elimination or effective replacement. Similarly, human knowledge itself is in constant evolution, recognizably in recent history at an exponentially increasing rate. Specifically, cognitive science principally through applied information and communication technology has radically changed the knowledge-access palette across humanity.
THE EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSE
Human mind, hence life in general and humankind in particular, is on the doorstep of a co-created evolutionary extension of itself via a distinct new race of integrated human-intelligent machine systems which will in time emerge as an embryonic form of an Autonomous Synthetic Intelligence/Mind. The driver in this Human Mind/Artificial Intelligence research is Science based on the Western Materialist (Systemic) World View which has amazingly brought Human Knowledge from the discovery of fire through the development of language to the exploration of outer space and inner nanosystems. `
THE KNOWLEDGE PROBLEM/DILEMMA/PARADOX
The knowledge of human experience is foundationally categorizable as being either of Things (Systems) or of InterActions (Relations). Although “common” experience is usually of the form of a Thing (hammer) InterActing (hitting) a Thing (nail), not all experience can authentically be represented as such. The Nature of experience, simplistically referenced, includes obviously that which one can point to, Things, but also that which cannot be pointed to, Fields.  A field being NoThing is of necessity a Relational (InterActive) form – since there are only two categories. However, since experience confirms that Fields interact with Fields, existing Western Mathematical Science is paradoxically in deficit since it only admits of the Relations of Things.
MULTICORELATIONAL WHOLE FIELD SCIENCE
ThoughtSigns, Inc. (TSI)/ThoughtSigns Enterprises (TSE) founding principals introduced a resolution of the paradox based on a generalization of the notion of Relation. Throughout recorded history this notion was confined to a form in which relations were assumed to exist only between/among systems, i.e. Systems Related to other Systems. Between 1963-1968, research work was introduced in which relations were also taken to formally exist both as Relations between/among Systems and other Relations and as Relations between/among Relations and other Relations, i.e. MultiCoRelationalism was founded adding a Whole Field World View as a generalization of the established Systems World View.
PREMISE OF A NEW MIND
Since we come to “understand” through Mind the experiencing of the ChaotiCosmos we live in, it is evident that “understanding”, being a function of mind, can be enhanced by first understanding mind. It is thus inevitable that Evolution through Human Co-Creation should forge a Synthetic Mind (SynMind) from an experientially consistent well-formed MultiCoRelational Theory of Mind.
MULTICORELATIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF A VIRTUAL MIND
In that the Whole as Relation is No-Thing, we adopt the notion of Field being No-Thing as the MultiCoRelational Form for elucidating mind. At the human mind level, Project AutoGnomicsTM  intends to experientially map the semiotic organization of the human mind, thereon to formulate a standard theory of mind, and to technologically synthesize and applicationally engineer its implementation (the AutoGnomeTM), all via an open participation social network of collective intelligent communities of inquiry, innovation and implementation focused on developing and commercializing incremental Synthetic Intelligence (SI) components of this SynMind. These latter then provide bit MindClones which participate in furthering the co-creative evolution of the SynMind and serve both as Human-SynIntelligent partnerships (CyberGnomesTM) and/or as autonomous Virtual Minds.
TRIRELATIONAL NATURE OF THE AUTOGNOMETM DESIGN
The semiotics theory of AutoGnomicsTM   treats the Observer-Sign-Object triad as a conceptual unit, where the sign signifies an experience to a particular observer. The triad as recorded is still a Systems Related to other Systems form, although historical narratives suggest the creators of pragmatic semiotics may have had non-formalized insights of a higher relational form.
It is at this point in the TransRelational ReConceptualization of the semiotic triad into an authentic TriRelational form in AutoGnomics that we have the bifurcation of World Views from the establishment's exclusive Systemic form into the inclusion of the future’s disruptive Whole Field form. Artificial Intelligence (AI) as currently mainstreaming is of course of the Systemic form; hence we have the welcome challenge of proving the AutoGnomicsTM  distinction in practice as the preferred technology.
It is especially important here to emphasize the distinction between AG and AI pragmatically with respect to its explicit value function. The dominant realization of machine intelligence as AI treats the Observer as external to the relation between the Sign and the Object (or Experience) it signifies. In contrast, AG theory realizes that the Observer-Sign-Object triad must be treated as a conceptual unit, much like the Observer--as--participant in the quantum theory of physical systems. And finally, recognizing this triad as a tri-relational (i.e. a specific MultiCoRelational) form where the sign signifies an experience to a particular observer, we also have the following: A sign of truth to a given observer signifies a realization of the degree of consistency between an expectation and the actual in that observer’s experience. The sign of relevance of the experience to that observer is a measure of the degree to which it does or can effect positive personal change. And finally, the sign of value (goodness) of the experience to that observer is a measure of the positive value of that change personally, but also concomitantly to the collective whole. The Relational AutoGnomeTM is designed to maximize these latter signs in operation thus bringing this form of SI enhancement of human performance to an intentional all-win opportunity for society.
THE AUTOGNOMETM AS A KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPER
The AutoGnomeTM at the cognitive level of software engineering is essentially a Knowledge Developer. Knowledge is that attribute of Mind focused (albeit not exclusively) on Mind’s cognitive/semantic (meaning) functionality. Knowledge grows from Intelligence (the syntactic form) which is born of Data/Information and matures as Wisdom (Knowledge focused through Value in the choice of Acts). The initiating implementation of AutoGnomicsTM, the CyberGnomeTM, as a Human-intelligent machine (AutoGnomicTM) system (CyberMind), is a development stage product originated via a joint venture (UniGnomics)  with Unisys Corporation.
AUTOGNOMICTM COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE TECNOLOGY
The explication of the Web as a Virtual Reality (a computer-based CyberGnomeTM Space) is an image (sign, symbol, icon)-communication system, that is, a MultiCoRelational Semiotic System, which as noted above is also the essence of Mind. This provides an optimal approach to a General Theory of an Autonomous Virtual Society (Virtuality)—this being an autonomous semiotic Community/Universe of Virtual Minds (WebGnomes™); hence Virtuality is related to (Human) Reality through the Virtual Reality of the Web. TSE is organizing a project team for developing a novel multi-user platform for the Collective Intelligence of this Community of Minds based on AutoGnomeTM Technology, with initial applications to the innovation of enterprise models for commercialization.
MISSION/STRATEGIC APPROACH
TSE’s mission is to focus on the Democratization (Sovereign Persons, Individually and Collectively, with Open Participation Governance) of Access to Knowledge and Capital, both individually and collectively, through this Collective Intelligence. The technology is to be applied in Human, Community and Enterprise Development with an initial concentration on Education, Research, and Community and Economic development through Entrepreneurial Technology Development & Business Applications. To this end, Knowledge-itself is taken to be the fundamental value when Truthful, Relevant, and Collectively Good for Humanity.

TSE has a joint business exploration and development agreement with Charles River Analytics, Inc. (CRA). https://www.cra.comTSE’s strategy is to begin applications projects based on one or more selections from CRA’s abundant IP archive of intelligent systems solutions. CRA is a developer of custom Artificial Intelligent (AI) systems solutions to effectively and efficiently connect human decision-makers to available data and actors, human or machine, in supporting their mission. For example, at a general applicability level, there is CRA’s relational probabilistic reasoning and machine learning technology and applications. From this software start, TSE will effect the morphing of this into an AutoGnomicsTM (AG) Collective Intelligence solution for the specific chosen project.
EXEMPLARY INITIAL PROJECTS:
TSE is organizing an Enterprise focus with initial applications on HealthCare, Environmental Sustainability, and Intelligent Community Development.
  • With respect to HEALTHCARE, the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:
Intelligizing of Healthcare, by advancing from Crowdsourcing Knowledge to AG Collective Intelligence: Crowdsourcing Clinical Trials (CCT):

·   With respect to ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:

Microbial Organism Systems Management – Microbiomes and Microbiata via  MicroBioSemiotics and MicroBioAgriculture through BionTechnology -- Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET) http://biontech.com and TimberFish Technologies .http://timberfishtech.com : technological solutions using highly diversified populations of microbes and invertebrates for food and feed production, waste and wastewater treatment, and renewable energy generation bringing CRA/TSE multisensor-data fusion and AI/AG control systems into the management of a Bion installation. Also an adaptation of this technology to The Great Lakes Research Institute for Sustainability based in Buffalo, New York - on the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River strait http://greatlakescentersustainability.weebly.com -- will depend upon AG Collective Intelligence in MicroBioSemiotics in order to detect, analyze and distinguish the “languages” of the Lake MicroBiomes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) www.noaa.gov is the lead in this project. However, connections to the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Worldwide, http://www.naui.org which in association with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/environment formed the Green Diver Initiative (GDI) http://www.naui.org/GreenDiver/Overview.aspx, an online community dedicated to the vitality of the aquatic world, will provide an extended population of possible citizen scientists using the Collective Intelligence platform.


  • With respect to Intelligent Community Development the Initial Knowledge Focus is on:

           Relational ReFormation of Education in anchoring Cooperative Community Development as the basis for enabling Indigenous Nations, Villages/Towns/Cities, and Rural areas to become Intelligent Communities in the 21st Century.

The Education and Cooperative Organization parts come together in the following: the Intelligent  with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology (ICT) to create inclusive prosperity, to tackle social and governance challenges and to enrich their quality of life.The TSE principals have an ongoing collaboration with leaders of three major long-term Intelligent Community Development projects including:
MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA, USA (2015) Top7 Intelligent Community of 2015
Like rural cities around the world, Mitchell has  been shaped by the productivity revolution in agriculture.  Over the  past 80 years, automation has transformed farming from a labor-intensive business to a capital-intensive one employing a tiny percentage of the workforce.  The six counties surrounding Mitchell  have lost one-third of their population since 1930.  The most talented and ambitious are inevitably the first to go.
NORTHLAND AVENUE BELT LINE CORRIDOR PROJECT
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recently announced a new initiative to redevelop the Northland Avenue “area” (Totaling approx. 500 acres), a very depressed, partially abandoned manufacturing and residential area in the city.  The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (“BUDC”) www.buffalourbandevelopment.com was designated as lead agency to accomplish this redevelopment task. TSE has approached BUDC with a very aggressive and creative plan to develop an Urban Village via the AutoGnomicTM Collective Intelligence Application.
“ALL IS RELATED”
Collaboration between TSI/TSE joined with The AutoGnomicsTM Institute, Inc. (TAI) http://www.autognomics.org to lead in the Futures Global WHOLE-istic Re-culturing of Humanity via a First People’s model based first on the development of a MultiCoRelational (Multilingual/Multicultural) Indigenous Virtual University  which would then provide the innovation foundation to grow an international Intelligent Community Forum Smart City candidate as a notice to the World of the birthing of a New Relational Age born of the ancient traditions of all Indigenous People expressed in the Lakota aphorism, “mitakuye oyasin” (we are all related).
STARTUP BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE
Collective Intelligence Technology-based Business Perspective for two sequential 30-Month periods:
With an Investment of $2.5 million, positive cash flow is reached in the 22rd month with Total Income of about $15 million and a cumulative Net Operating Income (NOI) of about $10 million over 30 months. Over this period the business also shows a Cash Surplus of $7.25 million after Return of Investment of $2.5 million and a Set-aside Reserve of another $2.5 million as a potential Return on Investment. With a Net Operating Income (NOI) annualized at the 30th month values of around $4 million/month after expenses of $750 thousand, this plan generates a business yielding approximately $50 million of NOI annually.

Assuming that in the succeeding 30 months (5 years total), the growth rate continues on the curve reached at the 30th month after startup [i.e. NOI at $4 million per month], and with another $2.5 million of new investment and proportionally increased expenses, there would then be realized an annual NOI of $0.5 Billion at the 60th month.