deeper Meaning of the Translation Project
We have heard so much about IT: information technology. It's
coming out of our ears. But the digital revolution is more than
that. It's the age of NI: networked intelligence. Yes, and we
are all part of this dramatic process....
NI: the networking of humans through technology. The binding
of humans through digital networks and thus the magical combining
of their intelligence, knowledge, and creativity for breakthroughs
in the creation of wealth and social development. That's what
we've been doing in a nutshell these past three years. All of
us in our own little way...we attempted to network our human
ingenuity. This has made me really proud.
The human network now becomes the computer which is infinitely
more powerful than a single machine or a single human. Networked
human intelligence can--in theory be applied to just about any
problem. Thus creating a higher order of thinking, of knowledge
and of inter-networked consciousness....super-synergy when it
really works right. It's the group mind concept at its very
Networking can change the very intelligence of an organization
by bringing collective know-how to bear on any kind of problem
soving and innovation. This is so important. We have been really
struggling, but by opening up dramatically the channels of human
communication, consciousness can then be extended from individuals
to any organization.
Unconscious organizations like people CANNOT really learn. Conscious
organizations can learn and thus survive. This insight is so
deeply profound. Networked intelligence is the missing link
in organizational learning and the conscious organization maybe
the foundation for the illusive learning organization--trapped
until now by that insidious division of labor plaguing it.
Perhaps, networked intelligence can be EXTENDED BEYOND organizations
to create a broader awakening, a broadening social consciousness--in
communities, nations, and BEYOND. Harvest really strains towards
pointing in this direction.
We are in the age of networked intelligence and it's a perilous
age as well. For those who fall behind the punishment can be
SWIFT. The digital frontier can be a place of recklessness,
confusion, uncertainy, calamity, and danger. We've had a few
of these close brushes in our own project.
In the bigger picture beyond our little group-mind; wealth is
potentially being concentrated even more so in ever fewer hands.
Privacy is being endangered and NOISE is hounding us everywhere....basic
securities and freedoms maybe endangered. Today's basic social
fabric is now rapidly disintegrating while not being replaced
by anything substantial as change zooms upwards exponentially.
Will our smaller, wired world be a better one? We are in the
era of the extended group-mind....we are reaching a cross-roads
where digital questions unavoidably spiritual ones.