|October 13, 2000|
03 00050 61 00101301
<! address> Mr. Cliff Joslyn
Computer Research Group (CIC-3)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Distributed Knowledge Research Team; MS B265
Los Alamos, NM 87545
A recent letter to Pat Lincoln at SRI set out an agenda for moving KM ahead, following up the letter to LANL dated September 25, 2000 on gaining experience using Knowledge Management.
You and your colleagues are well positioned to perform three (3) basic research tasks for knowledge management...
Thomas K. Landauer, PhD, has done important work on the mathematics of meaning drift in a paper reviewed on May 18, 1996.
This is a crucial contribution because people are not aware of this cognitive phenomenon that is rampant in daily life, and escalates due to information overload. Since the human mind is wired to buffer out awareness of meaning drift, it makes communication the biggest risk in enterprise. In the modern scene, this innate safety valve to avoid stress by suppressing awareness of meaning drift, causes fear and denial that prevents a remedy. A straight forward mathematical model, and scientific report could therefore be very helpful.
An indicator of what your research would establish is that the number of issues that arise in ordinary business meetings is about 100 times greater than people are able to recognize, as indicated in a report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on October 7, 1997.
I realize everybody is busy, but the opportunity for KM seems to be falling in line with the national agenda. Please let me know about LANL's ability to contribute.
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