Dialectic logic has been studied by philosophers like Hegel, Marx, Althusser, Adorno, Habermas and so on. It was sufficient enough to explain the dynamic behavior in linear systems. In linear signals and systems, causality, probability, stochastics and randomness etc. can be explained by dialectic logic. It has found its applications across the field of formal linguistics, physics, economics, culture etc. However in the era of dense real and surreal experiences and imaginations, something more specific than dialectic logic has become necessary. Hence I am positioning an asymptotic logic as an epistemic category in the realm of universal pragmatics which is a wider and deeper fabric than ideological lattices. Asymptotic logic is running deep through dialectic systems.
Internet is such a simple word, so minimal, so technical, so unexciting, so basic, so primitive, so rudimentary such that we have plugged into it so swiftly, so effortlessly, so continuously, so seamlessly in many forms and formats. I never new networking was such as powerful thing before experiencing internet. It has been the biggest dream I have lived. It is the largest reality that cannot deny. It is the messiest maze I have been to.
What is internet for you ? a cave. ? a maze ..? a ladder ..? a gaze ..? a haze …? It could be anything and everything. I have started surfing internet in 1997. By the standards of today, it is quite late for a 16 year old boy from India. I hailed from a remote town in the state of Kerala for whom a personal computer has been a distant luxury even in the engineering studies. Hence internet came to my life as a career imagination during college days.
It has inspired my curiosity for knowledge by many folds. When I look back into my tryst with Internet, it has been an evolutionary experience, if evolution is a simple metaphor.
Now when I reflect upon the internet as a macrocosm, as a cosmos, as a firmament, it is full of leeches. It is full of fissures. It is full of fulcrums. It is full of fractals. It is full of serpents. It is full of ashes. It is full of tunnels.
It is not what is. Internet has been a refuge. It has been an ensemble. It has been a mirage. It has been a fume. It has been a dust. It has been a lot of different entities. I will narrate them in this log of blogs. Keep surfing !!
Intelligence is a hot topic in technical and business circles. Intelligence is no longer an intellectual or philosophical or psychological topic of discussion. Intelligence is now regarded as the fuel for the future engines of progress for humanity. Artificial intelligence is expected to fuel the most important machines of our time. Be it IBM Watson, or Apple Siri, or Amazon Alexa or Google DeepMind, Artificial intelligence is the driving force for all these advanced information machinery. When we are seeing a society and economy dominated by the constellation of advanced machinery and their information architecture, it is quite natural to believe that the combination of artificial intelligence and advanced information machinery is going to rule this world. Even if we accept the autonomous nature of information machinery powered by artificial intelligence, the question of energy and its dialectic relationship with intelligence comes into play.
How does energy influences intelligence? Does this question sound odd ? When I mention intelligence, it is not only artificial intelligence. The terrain of intelligence touches upon natural intelligence, human intelligence, societal intelligence, personal intelligence, organic intelligence, cellular intelligence, atomic intelligence, sub-atomic intelligence, particle intelligence, material intelligence, fluid intelligence, entropy intelligence, fractal intelligence, quantum intelligence and so on. Artificial intelligence we are talking about is just a sub-set of human intelligence in the personal and inter-personal level. It is not even the complete mapping of human intelligence at the societal, personal and organic level. If we take into account these multitude categories of intelligence, the next question is on the dialectic relationship between energy and intelligence.
The relationship between energy, matter and space time is of profound implications. At the quantum mechanical level, energy influences space time properties such as angular momentum, velocity, wave length, frequency etc. On the galactic dimensions, space time curvature together with matter influences the nature of electromagnetic waves. The precise nature of energy, matter and space time are meshed together in the extreme dimensions, be it microscopic or macroscopic. This dialectical relationship between matter and energy is manifested in different space time conjectures differently.
Online social networks are a world of its own. Data, design, advertisements, people, aspirations, networks altogether a topology of affairs evolving on its own patterns and terrains. There is distinct politics and economics in the dynamics of social media and social networks. To locate the human capital in social networks, we need to understand and define the specific nature of communication methods and control functions in this landscape.
The social network bandwagon is expected to grow to a gargantuan scale such that the number of worldwide users is expected to reach some 2.5 billion by 2018, around a third of world population. An estimated half a billion of these users is expected to be from China alone and approximately a quarter of a million from India. The region with the highest penetration rate of social networks is North America, where around 60 percent of the population has at least one social account. As of 2015, over 70 percent of the United States population had a social networking profile. Statistics goes on to say that 72% of all internet users are now active on social media.
Famous American philosopher, Kenneth M. Sayre had taken up pioneering studies on the contours of cybernetics and information theory. He defines Cybernetics as the study of communication and control functions of living organisms, particularly human beings, in view of their possible simulation in mechanical systems. Along these lines, we can see that in online social networks there is an evident convergence of human mind and the information capital produced collectively by network society. This results in the creation of a human capital which is highly fragmented across psychographic dimensions.
Information structures in the online social networks have acquired significant control functions over the human behavior such that now we are controlled by the information we consume and create in these hyperspaces. It is an interesting development predicted by the pioneers of cybernetics. Through the simulation of real world experiences, online social networks have become highly successful in fragmenting human mind and driving the humanity to become the manifestation of intellectual capital. In this article we use the concepts of intellectual capital, information capital and human capital quite lucidly. However they follow certain economic lineage in precise terms. Human capital has primary form of existence on which information capital and intellectual capital exist as dependent forms of capital accumulation.
Recently IBM CEO, Gini Rometty has famously predicted the emergence of cognitive business and the eventual subservience of digital economy under the larger canvas of cognitive economy. Though this prediction can be perceived as a sweeping statement in the current state of affairs, there is a definite possibility for such a development. With the convergence of human capital and information capital in the techno centric data trade networks such as social media, intellectual capital gains significant autonomy and predominant market position.
Leveraging this accumulation and acculturation of intellectual capital, dependent market structures will emerge paving way for the domination of cognitive business. There is such a dire need for generating sensible insights from the dark data circulating in the global supply chains and distribution channels. Let us closely follow the patterns and trends in the data monetization networks to sense the acceleration and momentum of this seismic change and cognitive shift.
Far far, afar, fur further
Near, near, nether, nascent
Middle, Muddle, Muddy, mesh
Revolving chairs every where
Minting mask on a mural mix
They rule the roost of a roofless rift
You may call it a spade
They run the rim of a ripening reed
You may call it a gory
They ape through this anemic age
You may call it a refuge
River far, farther than the fatherlands
Riveted on a revolutionary protoplaza
Mitochondria exist and ever energetic
Risking a word, altars of altruism
Archetypes of arachnophobia
Reeds of revisions, faster than the fumes
Marches of Many hoists
Spectacles of axioms
Now we tether the signals
Beyond beams and beasts
Installations of the instant gratified
Inspiring the instant glorified
Instincts of the instant glossified
Cotton faces, Crystal facades
They worship the red wine in rainbow glasses
Hourglasses, are they leaning left?
Burning glasses, are you learning right?
Beyond the golden ratios and the silica hybrids
New leaders for the new facades
Old masses for the older coffins
Funnels and fins, felonious figures
Every mouse, rat, rodent and I
We have an opinion about a rat race
We believe that it is the need of the flour
That keeps us riding on the needs of the hour
We keep running on the maze, haze and you name it rat race
Every mouse, rat, rodent and I
We are earthly skins, bins and pins for your magnanimous lives
We are skinned, binned, pinned and finned by your forces
Your forces are ulterior to the interior of the exterior of your intentions
You carve money out of the mist, fist, wrist, heist and at last
We win the rat race, you win the money chains
We build the palaces, you embalm your body and mind over it
Poles apart, lives apart, parts apart, know that we know not to race this time
We still know what we are, who we are and what we have?
Do you know anything other than our skin, sin and your coins?
Famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung popularized the term ‘Archetype’ in social psychology and cultural anthropology through his observations on the primitive models of human mind that transcends the immediate neighborhoods of human life. It is interesting to note that human mind can permeate the cultural identities of social life beyond the boundaries of an individual psyche. When we look at the emerging digital consciousness in our contemporary society through the Jungian lens, we can observe hidden but subtle archetype formations.
To understand the subtle processes of digital archetypes, we may need to pause a while and digest the nature of digital consciousness. It is inherent in digital lifestyles and aspirations. Human memory is an interesting specimen here. It has undergone substantial changes after the emergence of digital lifestyles.
Our memory tends to be more faster and disjointed such that we tend to remember immediate past more precise and clear compared to our distant past. A decade ago, we had vivid memories of the distant past but our recollections of the immediate past was not this precise and fine grained.
Our perception is another example. Many cultural theoreticians acknowledge that our contemporary society is more image centered and logo driven compared to previous times. Now let us examine the roots of digital archetypes in our emerging digital consciousness.
It is interesting to note that while our digital consciousness is more discrete and finite, our digital archetypes exhibit a generic pattern. When digital consciousness varies between Gen X, Y and Z, digital archetypes will be of common nature.
Our crowd like behavior in a digital experience and image centered memory are a few digital archetypes. We are embracing ‘digirati’ or digital lifestyle in an era when our society is exhibiting more crowd like behavior in every walk of life. Technology and fast pace of monetary exchange seems to influence this crowd formation. They appear to be the centripetal forces behind the crowd formation.
This crowding behavior is a natural response to the accelerating pace of social changes and upheaval. Not only business models, our political ideologies, governance models, and cultural values are undergoing rapid transformation. Our individual psyche is finding it difficult to define its unique existence in this flux of affairs.
When did human society witness similar rate of change?
It was during an era before the agrarian settlements and river valley civilizations. We were natural crowds during those times known as nomadic tribes. If we look at the cave inscriptions of those times, we can see that those were mostly images or pictures. We worshiped natural logos then. Now we worship technology driven logos.
Thus the digital archetypes of our times is a reflection of our distant nomadic life. It will be further more interesting to see how human society develops settlements in this rapidly varying digital landscape.
Digital transformation is an interesting business paradigm as well as a mathematical conjecture! You may see a lot of hidden dimensions and aspects if you visualize digital transformation a little bit in terms of mathematical physics.
In mathematical parlance, we have heard of a lot of transformation operators such as Laplace transform, Fourier transform, fast Fourier transform etc. You may see digital transformation as one such operator for a while.
Let’s consider the current enterprise context as a state of business flux. Flux is an interesting term used to denote the collection of vectors varying in multiple dimensions. Hence business flux is an apt term to denote any enterprise in our times. Every enterprise is made of cultures, technology standards, business models and processes which has evolved at different points in time with different velocity and variance.
Digital transformation operator is applied to this business flux. What happens next?
Enterprises kick start their transformation journey when the beginning point is not well defined. How should we baseline this beginning? It is worth serious attention.
What is the nature of this business flux?
When you look at a business flux, you can see a few interesting patterns. Some of the projects, processes, cultural behaviors, technology standards etc may be antagonistic / divergent / inertial to the digital transformation trajectory, while others are coherent and convergent to the digital transformation operator . These divergent parameters need to normalized to the baseline. This digital normalization is an essential precursor to the digital transformation journey.
What happens in this normalization? The divergent elements will be undergoing a preliminary phase in which variations will be minimized and then passed to a filter. In this filter, these elements will be functionally connected to the business baseline.
Locating the digital inflection points in the enterprise is another essential prelude to digital transformation. They will become critical nodes to define the pathway towards digital transformation. We will cover this aspect in another article.
Social enterprise is an enterprise which has its reach and influence beyond the boundaries of its own policies and physical networks. In other words, social enterprise permeates into the society. In this 21st century, our society is increasingly networked through devices, channels and deeper engagements between stakeholders. Hence major telecom service providers envisage our future society as ‘network society’. Terms like social enterprise and social business gain more prominence and wider meanings in the terrains of networked societies.
As per the definitions of social capital scenario, labor hires capital in a social enterprise. Hence capital will be circulating more frequently and intensely than labor in a social enterprise. Due to this pace or acceleration, naturally accumulation of capital will differ from conventional enterprises. More than through static accumulation, capital will grow through circulation in a social enterprise scenario. Hence it’s growth cannot be measured at a specific geographic location in a social enterprise. Rather, capital will be distributed across the key locus points of circulation of capital. NGOs, civil society organizations etc are some good examples for social enterprise. This capital that circulates non-linearly in a social enterprise can be simply defined as social capital. To govern social capital, thus we need a decentralized power structure within the organization.
Thus NGOs and similar organizations that aspire to build a networked society of social enterprises will be following a decentralized power structure. This seems to be one of the primary reasons why NGOs actively support a decentralized power structure and political economy world wide. As the world around us is increasingly becoming a networked global society, we will see the conflict between the accumulating and circulatory tendencies in the finance capital formations. In such a situation, it is sure that social capital and social enterprises will face challenges in confronting the socioeconomic and political pressures from the global finance capital controlled by trans-national trade networks and multi-national corporate companies. It will be a money ball game worth watching !!