We will propose three solutions at “ITday Japan 2019”
“ITday” is a worldwide symposium commemorating Douglas Engelbart’s “The Mother of All Demos” / The Demo.
On 9 December 1968, The Demo, conducted by Doug on the theme of “A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect” became the source of personal computers and the Internet, and it was the starting point of the IT revolution. And this is an important point, but the current IT is still full of problems, and it has not reached the level of “augmenting Human Intellect” that Doug was thinking.Therefore, we set December 9 every year as “ITday (IT Anniversary Day)” and hold “ITday Symposium” all over the world. We would like to discuss about “How can we develop IT that augment human intellect ?”, and create such an ideal future society “IT civil society” by using such excellent IT. If you agree with the purpose of “ITday”, please join us.
On the day, we will reconfirm the vision of The Demo. And propose three solutions and aim for concrete system development.
①From the Flyers style WWW that can only send fragments of information to the Books style WWW that can circulate and share valuable knowledge.
② Design effective online set of the “Books, Notebooks and Conversations” to augment human intellect.
③Amplify communication by AI push distribution.
The biggest problem with the current Internet is that there is a huge amount of fragmented information flying without any context. What’s more, users have to make all their own decisions about what to choose, what information is correct, valuable, and safe. This situation is obviously too much for the user. Dramatic innovation is needed to further reduce the burden on users and to use the Internet safely and securely.
The first thing to improve is to be able to access a well-organized and value-added stock of knowledge as well as a fragmented flow of information. What should we do? The hint is in “Books”. The component of a book, “cover”, “table of contents”, “text”, “footnote”, “index”, and “colophon” are all IT that enables efficient random access to arbitrary information. “Libraries” are also IT that systematically organize books and enable efficient random access to arbitrary information.
On the other hand, the current WWW is a hypertext link of a large number of files unorganized. In other words, it ’s like a huge collection of flyers. If it is a collection of flyers, you can handle fragmentary information, but you cannot handle systematic knowledge. Therefore, in order for us to share systematic knowledge, the WWW needs to evolve from a flyer type to a book type.
Second, how can we augment human intellect? The answer is clear when we consider how we have acquired intellect. The key is the best combination of “books”, “notes” and “conversations” online.
Third, in order to reduce the burden on users and to be able to use the Internet safely and securely, we need AI assistants that support individual knowledge activities and collaboration. In the future, we should develop something like excellent agents of the “Knowledge Navigator” announced by Apple in 1988.