Stuart Umpleby: Limitations of Hand-Held Dashboards + Cyber-Brain RECAP

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Before Fruit Ninja, Cybernetics

By WILL WILES

New York Times, November 29, 2012

EXTRACT (Conclusion)

The No. 10 Dashboard taps into the same desire to master available information — a desire that has only grown as the amount of information in circulation has increased. Where Cybersyn needed dedicated national infrastructure and rooms full of equipment, the app runs on a hand-held device. And yet, the dashboard is actually less sophisticated.

It is not truly cybernetic because it lacks a mechanism to translate all that data into action. It can display information; it cannot consult and control. Less a driver’s dashboard, it is more a window out of which a passenger can observe the national scenery speeding past. Government might be given the illusion of hand-held, one-stop manageability, but no actual managing is going on.

The app could thus be an apt metaphor for politicians reduced to spectators by the surges and shocks of the globalized world. Mr. Cameron should remember that there’s at least one other instance of government-by-app: the team that worked on restructuring Greece’s debt used iPads too, equipped with an app purpose-built for the job.

However that turns out, we can at least say this: in terms of distractions, these apps are marginally more useful than Fruit Ninja.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Below are immediately pertinent references.  Technology is not a substitute for strategy or thinking.  As Paul Strassman has so famously noted, “Information Technology makes bag management worse.”

2012 Robert Steele: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Concepts & Doctrine? Implications for Human & Open Source Intelligence 2.0

David Isenberg: Intelligence On Demand in a Mobile Device – Hardy Har Har Choke Cough Gag with Comments by Robert Steele & RIchard Wright

Graphic: Business Intelligence Hits the Wall

Graphic: Jim Bamford on the Human Brain

Graphic: Tom Atlee on Whole-System Intelligence

Graphic: Tony Zinni on 4% “At Best”

See Also:

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2012 Strategic Thinking on Future of GW

2010 Robert Steele: Reflections on Integrity UPDATED + Integrity RECAP

Howard Rheingold: Infotention Skills + Citizen Intel RECAP

Ken Bausch Recommending Henry A. Giroux “Gated Intellectuals and Ignorance in Political Life – Toward a Borderless Pedagogy in the Occupy Movement”

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Robert Steele: Intelligent Management of Intelligence Agencies, and the New Craft of Intelligence

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Stuart Umpleby: Papers on Reflexivity, Soros Reviews

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