Los Alamos National Laboratory
Distributed Knowledge Research Team; MS B265
Los Alamos, NM 87545

Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 11:58:08 -0600 (MDT)

Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111 2496

Subject:   Cliff Joslyn Needs Input on Presentation to SRI


[Responding to your letter this morning stating in part...

I sent a letter on 000713 with a link to preliminary ideas for your presentation at SRI...

Yes, I saw that, thank you.

To start the ball rolling here, let me reiterate something I mentioned to you in a recent phone conversation, which is that I'm probably not the best person to address issues like "Overview of KM worldwide". I struggle on a daily basis to keep up on a few things and push the work ahead which I think is most important in my LANL context, and I regret that keeping up with much of the current state of the art in projects is something I lag behind in. Indeed, in forums like this I'm as anxious as you to hear from folks what's really working.

Instead, let me suggest the following kinds of topics I could address. I need some guidance right away to narrow it down.

  1. A vision of Distributed Knowledge Systems:

    1. The role of semiotic concepts: sign systems, data and information, freedom and constraint, the role of interpretation and interpreters

    2. Collective human (agent)-computer interaction

    3. Corpus structure and necessary technologies: network theory, adaptive systems, machine learning, natural language processing, anthropology
  2. Current research efforts at LANL:

    1. For managing scientific databases: digital libraries, bioinformatics, historical databases about complex technical systems.

    2. Technologies used: adaptive systems, complex systems, uncertainty management, etc.
  3. The Principia Cybernetica Project

    1. Early system for distributed, collaborative development of cybernetic philosophy

    2. Self-application of cybernetic principles to their own development

    3. Early distributed hypertext, adaptive hypertext, and web development concepts
  4. Towards a robust hyper-environment for KM environments: here I'm at least as much asking questions as giving my own views

    1. Strong graph theoretical foundations, possibly linking to category theory

    2. Labeled graphs: typed links

    3. Strong semantic theory


Cliff Joslyn
Computer Research Group (CIC-3)

Member of the Technical Staff (Cybernetician at Large)
(505) 667-9096
All the world is biscuit-shaped. . .

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