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

Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 18:18:30 -0800

04 00067 61 01020101

Mr. Eugene Eric Kim
Eugene Eric Kim
PMB 207
63 Bovet Road
San Mateo, CA 94402
650 330 1381

Subject:   KM Strengthens Literacy
China Computers Reduce Skill Experience

Dear Eugene,

Good article submitted in your letter today relating experience in China using alphabet technology to augment human intelligence, with the evolution of literacy. The origins, strengths and weaknesses of the "alphabetic mind," discussed in the article on China, were reviewed on 991108.

Cultural forces that impede literacy are reviewed in the same record.

Your recent work, reported yesterday, on January 31, 2001, developing requirements for an OHS, helps foster a culture of knowledge that aids the transition from IT to KM, proposed in a letter to SRI on October 11, 2000.

How do your requirements for OHS correlate with Eric's submission of CDS specs on June 14, 2000?

Recall that the next day, in the meeting on June 15, 2000 you proposed that the team adopt Eric's specs as the OHS requirements, and on October 15, the team had completed review, and you planned to submit comments OA October 30.

Have those comments been distributed, and are they incorporated into your latest notice of OHS requirements? Has anything been added or deleted?

Again, your article on cultural forces in China adjusting to IT, reflects similar challenges in the west transitioning from IT to KM. Your work, along with Jack, Eric and many others on the team shows the promise that KM can take root to strengthen the tradition of literacy that has enabled civilization to flourish, hopefully in time to arrest recent economic decline brought on by an epidemic of bumbling characterized in an article on December 21, 2000, as...

too many people having too many problems

...they cannot solve.

This has reached pandemic proportions in engineering and medical management, reported, for example, on September 12, 1999.

Obviously, as we baby boomers become the geriatric generation, this will place greater demand for competence in medical practice.

Your important work on November 26, 2000 outlining how to accomplish KM using IT methods and greater diligence, is aided by your having added anchors to help the team work with the OHS requirements submitted yesterday, and aligns with Doug Engelbart's request on October 25, 2000.

As people begin to use anchors to align daily work, this will reduce mistakes under Doug's theory about enhancing basic competence, which is the goal of literacy addressed by the article you submitted today.

Thanks for a timely article on a key KM issue.



Rod Welch