440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111-2496
415 781 5700

March 27, 2000

04 00067 61 00032701

Mr. Douglas C. Engelbart, Ph.D.
Bootstrap Institute
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555

Subject:   Meeting at SRI on March 24, 2000
Corrected record

Dear Doug,

As we discussed this morning, here is the corrected record. It incorporates comments from your letter following our telephone call. The only other feedback was from Joe Williams, and he did not submit corrections or additions. Got a late note from Eric Armstrong today that does not suggest changes to the record.

How do you Command and Control the Record?

If you distribute the record, you should download the file and incorporate into your own environment, so there is a fixed record of what was communicated. This gives you control in the event of subsequent changes, which occur all the time, as new events relate to prior history within the meaning of "dynamic."

The purpose of the record in the first instance is to try and "understand" what transpired in relation to objectives, restraints and history. This provides a basis to take action. So the real purpose is to plan and carry out the work, based on clear, concise, complete understanding, sometimes called "intelligence." This requires a dynamic experiential record that appears long and overly complex, because it is an analog of human thinking with structure and alignment incorporated to enhance span of attention.

The record of a 2 - 3 hour meeting can seem like a lot of work, that could better be managed by summary explanations. One solution is to take the Welch record, and use it to guide preparation of a simpler rendering which is less imposing for distribution. The headings and action items in the record may be helpful for this.

Hopefully, we can move forward in discovering how to evolve the capability.



Rod Welch