Cooperation-iws knowledge system philosophy

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Cooperation-iws knowledge system demo is online since few weeks now (http://knowledge.cooperation-iws.eu), and we will explain the philosophy and the purpose behind the tools.

Let’s first explain, in relatively brief manner, the theoretical fundations of the knowledge system. We need to say we adapt the work of Jean Louis Lemoigne on general system to produce separate and new components to the original way Jean Louis Lemoigne describe the general system. This was done after noticing the information progress to knowledge and decision: data -> information -> knowledge -> decision.

The structurating purpose of the knowledge system is to facilitate learning in the field of sciences, and especially in the field of social sciences, who are sometimes at the same level of complexity as mathematical studies. This is a structurating purpose because we can see in scientific reviews about learning, that human kind learned to build tools but also that tools and environment interactions make the mind evolution. So when I was interested to grab theoretical fundations during my professional experience in order to be admitted in Phd scholarship, I began to use open source information technology to settle my intellectual thinking and learning. This was around 2006 and today my knowledge system is a memory of my brain’s health and performance but this is also with the whole Cooperation-iws system which relies on open source intranet web server, a repository of my artistic, professional and scientific intellectual work.

As we will certainly produce a Phd thesis on the subject, we have just introduce it shortly and we will now proceed to explain the philosophy of the content of the knowledge system.

First we need to say that the knowledge system is dedicated to intranet personal server. This is not a research briefs publishing system but rather, a tool to facilitate learning in the field of sciences. The Cooperation-iws knowledge system is a demonstration and a snapshot of the real knowledge system which run at home, protected from security and privacy inquisition.

The knowledge system is aimed to live several years or decades, this is why we choose open source technology with large communities, professional class engineering and a complete compliance to web standards such as a LAMP (Linux, Apache, Mysql, Php) server, and CMS system such as WordPress.

On the semantic side I structurate the information so that it match my scientific interests and produce a knowledge aggregation that lead to easy the writing of my research thesis. To sum up I needed to organize and archive my notes for several years of work.
We choose to divide the knowledge system into three separate repositories to avoid having a huge single storage of information, these repositories are:

The best image which describe the knowledge system is that this is a mirror for my brain, to keep it fit and in good health. Buddhist call it ignorance, Psychiatrist call it anosognosia, the aim of the knowledge system is to produce a mind building tool to improve its performance and fight the effects of these “so called” diseases.

If you followed me until here, you surely understood that you can’t leave a snapshot of your brain, of your intellectual faculties during several years, just like that on internet, for everyone to look at it, except maybe if you are an exhibitionist. This is why we introduce later the concept of Cooperation-iws Intranet Nomad Web server in another post when we will succeed to find sponsorship for the projects. For the moment you might still have a look at this promotional papers about the subject: http://www.cooperation-iws.eu/about.php

Top500.org, June 13, the supply chain geopolitics

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The supercomputers ranking (Top500.org) of June has just been released and we will proceed to the Supply Chain geopolitics analysis of the Top10 ranking. The Supply Chain analysis relies on the industrial components and organisations studies in the field of procurement, manufacturing and technological performance (Peak performance, architecture, …) . The geopolitics lighting on the subject will provide the value added to the point of view of nations (nations building).

The Top500 of June 13 is available at this address: http://top500.org/lists/2013/06/ and we will begin with some statistics. Let’s first notice that the first place is owned by a China supercomputer from the National University of Defense Technology.  Let’s also notice that there are five US computers in the Top 10, and as we remember in 2004, when we also followed the Top500.org ranking, there is always a vast majority of US computers in the ranking.

If we made the procurement analysis of the Chinese supercomputer which desserve the first place, we notice that the architecture of the system is a chinese manufacturing. This means that China succeeded to ride the Supply Chain procurement and manufacturing up to the microprocessor, a USA provided part, the intel Xeon microprocessor. But we know that China has already a microprocessor industry meaning that in ten years, the supercomputer will be a complete chinese technology.

If we examine the original providers of the top 10, we notice that seven of the supercomputers are provided by USA suppliers (Cray, IBM, Dell) and the others are Japanese (Fujitsu) or Chinese (NUDT).

Now let’s examine the European supercomputer in the top ten which are german at the 7th and 9th place. The 7th place is an IBM provided computer, this mean that it was designed, built, assemblated, tested in USA before being sold to European countries. The 9th place is also an IBM provided supercomputer.

The first french provided supercomputer is at the 15th place, a Bull technology based on USA electronic components providers (Microprocessors, chips, …) and we notice at the 11th place another french supercomputer from the Total company provided by SGI, a USA company.

Now let’s examine why Europe is still buying USA technology ten years after having entered in the ranking with companies like Bull.

We know that in 2007, the main issue to produce artificial intelligence automates (Supercomputer, Flying drones, …) is the huge amount of data that comes from the sensors aimed at orientation, vision, …, or the huge amount of data transiting the supercomputer nodes. This huge amount of data is something that is count in Gigabyte per seconds (Gb/s), and this is only in 2012 that we saw in commercial electronic shops foreign motherboard that could process gigabyte of information per second. This means that now in 2013, France does not build long range drones, because in 2007 France was not able to master IT hardware technology behind the server, the brain of the drone. And we explain it by the fact that France did not succeed in riding the supply chain up to the microprocessor. France stayed at the system assemblier level and stopped its progress at the electronic motherboard production, and this since 2004, where the situation was approximately the same as today.

We have just seen the strategical interests of USA for Supercomputer technology, interests that are implemented since the beginning of 1980’s, and that today lead to the USA domination in the field of Information technology, in the field of the software (Google, Facebook, Twitter), but also in the field of the hardware (Dell, IBM, Cray, SGI, …). The investment return for USA are today some cash that comes from all the world by selling electronic component world wide but not only. There is also a cultural influence served by software such as Google, Twitter or Facebook that lead to consolidation of USA nation and its powerfull presence world wide. We shall also mention the competitive advantage of the mastering of IT technology in the field of business but also in the field of military power.

Comments on French Philosophy exams at Bacalaureat (High school exams)


Today is the first day of french national exams called Bacalaureat. This general exam begins with Philosophy exams and as we are surprised by the level of some of the subjects (very high, the elite) we will wonder which eighteen years old Frenchy student could answer to those subjects.

So from the literary branch of the students we have these subjects:

“Le langage n’est-il qu’un outil ?”, is language just a tool ?

From artificial intelligence and cognitive sciences background, we should answer yes, language is a tool used to give instructions in computer science and there is a field of linguistics sciences aimed at produce computer aided language acquisition and translation. We are surprised from the contradiction which came from the query, because thinking to the language as a tool is precisely usefull to build information technology on the subject. Why should we wonder that language is not just a tool whereas thinking to language as a tool could produce innovative technology. For us the formulating of the question leads for young men or a young women to very confuse state of mind on the subject. This is not a question which is a motor to action, that seems rather be an inhibitor for action and learning.

“La science se limite-t-elle à constater les faits ?”, Is science limited to the facts notice ?

Ironically when we read free available thesis on the hal.archives-ouvertes.fr repository in the social sciences fields, asking this question would be very embarasting for the author, especially in sociology. Sociology is something that always put political power in embarasting situation due to its closeness with criminology. Answering to this subject will surely lead to the under estimation of observation for a young student. That seems also be an inhibitor to society observation.

From the economical field of studies we have these subjects :

“Que devons-nous à l’Etat ?” What do we owe to governmental state ?

This subject is something to ask to industry CEO, I agree, and often the answer is not a good mark at the end of the exam. Eighteen years old is the age to make mistakes, because mistakes are usefull to learn. Why should eighteen years old students politely lying on the subject or being sacked by the examinator ? We do not need someone who politely lie, we need someone who has convictions, convictions that are helpers for action. And we should add that conviction often comes from experience.

“Interprète-t-on à défaut de connaître ?” Do we do interpretation instead of knowing ?

This subject is the heart of Google Research and Development laboratory ‘s work …

The eighteen years old student who answer to the question will finished millionaire in the silicon valley … (And Inria is doing partnership with Microsoft …)

More seriously, the level of the subject is so high that even cognitive scientists will produce thesis on the subject. This subject seems rather to be a one over hundred thousand students selector. Is it really the age to have this selection ?

In the field of sciences we have these subjects:

“Peut-on agir moralement sans s’intéresser à la politique ?” Could we act morally without being interested in politics ?

A young student who is obliged to have written answer if he should act morally, furthermore if he had not followed the Cahuzac or the Strauss Kahn affair, seems to be in a “grand oral” for some (religious ?) society integration. For me eighteen years old student should know how to behave morally but does not have necessarily to explain it, because he is just eighteen years old and only elite students who had some spiritual master could answer the subject. To my knowledge there is no spiritual masters in french public school …

“Le travail permet-il de prendre conscience de soi ?” Does work allow to be conscious of ourself ?

To answer the subject is to consider ourself and the work, things that are very difficult for eighteen years old student because if work is to be considered as labour, we need to say that child labour is prohibited in France and also, that biochemistry says brain is in transformation until around 25 years old. So being conscious of the self phenomenon for eighteen years old teenager should be very difficult. We really do not see the interest of the subject. Should the subject be able to avoid binge drinking ? Maybe a subject on sport would have been more usefull ?

 

We could be a little teasing at the exams, but if we summarize, we found in the subjects some inhibitors for action, and something like an elite segregation between the eighteen years old student who had experimented spiritual master who has successfully transmitted knowledge that is usefull for experimented adults and the others. This is the kind of challenge faced by our french teenagers …

Note: Subjects have been quoted from this newspaper article: http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/education/20130617.OBS3552/les-sujets-du-bac-philo-2013.html

 

Facebook social urbanization

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We heard in the news since the end of last week some information about the Prism NSA program. This program refer to world wide integrated intelligence monitoring tool for Internet.

We have already heard of such program in 2004 under the name of TIA, Total Information Awareness or Terrorism Information awareness when we were interested in major defence program in the field of Information Technology during our Master thesis work. At the age we found information about this program in economic intelligence reviews.

Our Master thesis work was dealing about the general system from the work of US scientists in the field of systematics. The theory of systems is something that has been described in the first times in France by Jean Louis Lemoigne, engineer from the Ecole Centrale. Thus the general system is built from connected parts such as the information system, the decision system, the memorization system and the imagination, design system.

The general system is an approach to urbanize the society following organisation principles that would be structured by technology, information technology. The urbanization of society is not something new. From history, we know that political power has always wanted to organize the political, economical, cultural, religious and even racial life in the society. We shall say that from urbanization of the city, came the progress as we know today, but this is not without risks. This is not without circumstances that lead for example to caste systems or to world war II nazi criminal activities.

This is why today when political power has get a new world wide tool such as Internet we could be interested to know wether such tools would not endanger state organisations, democracy and the human rights values that lead to the lightning innovations of the end of the twentieth century.

Internet has been built in massively distributed way to be able to survive to some nuclear, conventional, cybernetics, … attack. This was massively distributed to avoid integration and uniqueness that always lead to the exploit that compromised the system. To exploit the information system does not always rely on technology, it could be a social exploit, a political exploit, a military exploit, ….

Information systems are structuring for organisation, they shape organisation, they impose models for society. Social Networks such as Facebook or Twitter impose a society model, a society model that could fail if the structuring information system is exploited by some political minority. This could be because the system is integrated and there is some uniqueness of deciders in the rank of police or military power in charge of monitoring the security.

Social urbanization, Information systems urbanization in cultural, professionnal, religious society is something that should be done while keeping in mind that democracy and human rights values are fragile equilibrium supporting innovation and progress. This is why we recommend the use of Free Softwares and more generally of open source technology to build general systems.

Twitter competitors business model

 

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Hi,

Today I was looking for news about dedicated servers for rental. A dedicated server is a machine you rent in a data center with large broadband. A dedicated server is better than a simple web hosting but you need to be advanced user to be able to administrate your machine. It offers more features than the simple web hosting as you may install whatever softwares you want on your server. Security concerns needs to be more aware in the administrator mind but this is what is called an advanced “Linux” User.

Let’s say we are looking for money making in the field of Internet startups by being a proud competitor of Twitter: https://twitter.com/. This is only an example as Cooperation-iws software are beyond the scope of a single communication tool like Twitter, despite Twitter is a very large audience tool.

 

So we choose a dedicated server with sufficient amount of RAM memory and processors to be able to kick up the company without being in a short availability as the audience grow up. The server is a dedibox server from online.net with 128Gb RAM, 16 processors, 9 To disk space, unlimited trafic and 300MB/sec broadband . The cost is 289€/month rental. We could have the marketing at this webpage: http://www.online.net/fr/serveur-dedie/comparatif-serveur-dedie-professionnel. This kind of server is more powerfull than the IBM mainframe of 2004.

 

Now we are looking for a software and we will choose status.net, a free open source software that run on identi.ca, the opensource competitor of Twitter.

Having already tested the installation of the software on our intranet software, we could say that the install process is easy for any IT technician that has two years studies of Linux IT technology.

 

So we have some cost of around 300€ for hardware and broadband rental and 0€ for software acquisition and maintenance price (free open source software). We could even upgrade to a professional support of Status.net when times come if the status.net company business model is of this kind.

For human resources administration costs let’s say we are part time employed elsewhere to kick up the project and we do it alone for free, or another suggestion, that we’d rather administrate a linux server than zoning in the street.

Now we will look on the cash we could have from such project.

Let’s say we need to grow up to national audience and today the only national competitor is Twitter a foreign company project. So we will advertise in profesionnal social network like Viadeo, Linkedin, Xing, even Facebook by joining professional groups.

The main cash generation come from the audience and the data, customer feed freely in the software. So with audience we could make some commercial marketing and advertising by joining avertising distributor (french or foreign). Google marketing is not the kind of commercial advertising we would choose as the formatted way of advertising is not enough customizable and as it substitute our brand by the google brand which is also a kind of competitor.

Audience could also be interesting for public or private partnership. For example we know that Twitter’s twit would surely be archived in US congress library.

We could even dream of a defence partnership for high availabily communication around the world serving french foreign policy interests.

 

Now we are dreaming and wondering why nobody’s get the idea before …

Welcome

 

Hi,

Welcome on Cooperation-iws blog. This blog will gather some information about epic Cooperation-iws systems adventure.

Cooperation-iws systems are information systems and decision systems built on open source technology. The first components of Cooperation-iws systems have been built in 2008.

Since then, several non public releases were built including nomad operating system, a modified version of Debian Lenny and Debian Squeeze, and the main decision systems based on open source technology, waiting to find a business model for public availability. For Cooperation-iws nomad operating systems promotion, you can have a look at these papers (pdf).

Decision systems worked on real situation and real conditions during past years. Some case studies observed on european and international societies emerged in the field of marketing war, national economy management and, of course, information technology progress and strategy.  For decision systems case studies, you can have a look at these informed research thesis and research papers comments.

As you can see in my CV, I had previous work experience in french defence industry, mainly in logistics call for tender for defence procurement agencies. The idea of the decision systems I have built, came from my consulting work on the Mentor design study in 2007. Mentor was a training system for tactical joint staff ; we worked with a department of CID (Collège interarmée de Défense). But this was only the idea, the prototype I have built is completely different in technology and in strategy from those of the industrial I worked for.

As you probably noticed, Cooperation-iws was born in 2008, but since then there was no real progess in public availability of products. This is mainly because I had no private or governmental fundings, despite working on national IT strategy and even Defence IT strategy that exist only on international foreign countries (USA, China). It seems that french defence industry was from irrational and irresponsible manner in love with US software firms proprietary technology. You can have a look at such kind of problem when you notice the number of french political leaders that work with Microsoft Windows, Twitter, Facebook …

Nevertheless, if you are interested with the Cooperation-iws projects you can contact me with the social networks I am affiliated (see at the top of the page) or you can send me an email at olivier.avenel [at] cooperation-iws.eu.

 

Olivier Avenel