Democratization of Information and Knowledge

Democratization of Information and Knowledge

Let’s start this topic with the question: who are the largest producers of Information? Governments, Armed Forces, Institutes, Research and Development Centers, State-Financed Companies, Large Corporations, Small Businesses, to name a few. There is an incalculable volume of Information, which is extremely useful for the generation of Knowledge enclosed in these institutions. From time to time, part of it ends up being lost, ignored or discarded. We can hazard a guess: in its raw state, the Information is “less attractive”, it is more difficult to be understood and exploited. It needs to be refined and interconnected with other refined Information to be possible to extract Knowledge. It is here that the seven principles of Amithings (Structure, Organization, Completeness, Standardization, Centralization, Security and Realiability) make sense. It is very common for companies to sell raw Information for the price of Knowledge. Who buys, think you are doing good business, but in the end, just adding more raw Information to that gained. When Institutions realize how amazing is to have available, for free, an immense volume of refined Information and implicit Knowledge, they naturally will share their “archives”. It is clear that students, researchers, journalists and professionals from all areas will benefit.    ...
A world where everything is connected

A world where everything is connected

Imagine a world where all sources of Information are structured, organized, complete, standardized, centralized, secure and reliable. Don’t be fooled, this is not the perfect world, but it can connect everything to everything with a minimum effort, a scenario conducive to great unprecedented merger in history: the real world with the virtual. In our attempts to virtualize the real world, we put everything we consider important on the Internet. We do this in a disorderly manner, unstructured and decentralized. To impose a minimum of order amid the chaos of the Internet, we need search engines, discovery engines, catalogs of information, blogs, forums, business listings, maps, complex algorithms, and many resources of all kinds. However, the Information on the Web are not always secure, reliable, or complete. The Internet has grown cluttered. For us humans, it is not problem to deal with this reality. We are adaptable, we’re growing, learning and even having fun with it. But what about machines? We cannot simply plugging them on the network, it is not safe. See the example of the intelligent refrigerator. Although we believe that Internet is growing “exponentially”, it seems to be moving slowly. We say this by comparing what we do today with what it could be done. Find patterns and Knowledge in the midst of chaos is a costly task, requires time, high investments in education and research, it is reserved for few, and too often it makes us incur errors. The Zurich Axioms, in particular the Major Axiom 5 (On patterns) says: “Chaos is not dangerous until it begins to look orderly.”. When we bring Order to the Information,...