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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 09:27am May 19, 2002 EST (#2297
5/18/02 9:56pm . . . a few pieces - - - about language and
logical structure. Was asked to do some work in that area, before I
was 20, and have retained an interest. "Connecting the dots" in
crypto, and connected areas such as "engineering crypto" has been a
big issue for a long time. Eisenhower was really PISSED to discover
that nobody had predicted Sputnik - even though we had warehouses
full of transmissions from the Russians. Some folks had sense enough
to know they had some analytical problems -- Casey and Edward Teller
among them. ... Machine translation was an obvious problem - and a
BIG motivation for government support of computer development. - And
folks had pretty fair (tolerably short) lists of "showstoppers" ...
that I got told about. . . . .. So I've thought some about language
- and social inventions - such as patent formats. Also, some
thoughts about connections between words, pictures, math. (And
gestures and facial expressions, too -- remember how much navigation
you can get out of a rat - with only simple signals delivered?
Expressions and gestures COUNT -- especially when they convey SIGN
information not carried in any other signal -- a reason why, for
some purposes -- people HAVE to talk face to face - and there has to
be enough redundancy for confidence.)
A big problem, I think, is that people have a grossly
insufficient sense of wonder at what they can do. And
routinely do. People out with so many "miraculous" performances, in
so many areas - that they come to expect flawless performance even
when it is not merely difficult - but classified out of existence by
conventions and barriers. A big thing, more places than anyone
can count - is that to do complex things adequately -- you have to
be dealing with correct information - and people, as they are, have
to tell enough of the truth when it matters. So people have to
learn to doubt and check.
The NYT is beautiful today -- some really hopeful things!
- 01:00pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2298
- 01:23pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2299
also urged restraint by lawmakers, including leading
congressional Democrats, who are suggesting an expansion of
inquiries into what the White House and federal law enforcement
knew about possible terror attacks.
A Senate Review
reach the same conclusion !?
- 01:31pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2300
The matter re Terrorism will have a few aspects ..
Terrorists into LEADERS who have new purpose to upgrade and improve
chances for their constituency ... which is ...
- Inequality Inequity
- Need to revise changed 'mindsets'
- Religious revision-revival-renewal of ideology
- Economic development - job opportunities for ME
- 01:59pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2301
East Timor - need for continued support for World's newest nation
what does it mean to become a country? What do you get?
What can you do? And once you have sovereignty, exactly what do
you do to maintain it?
Ralf Dahrendorf, a sociologist and the former director of the
London School of Economics, has thought quite a bit about
state-building and has written about it as a three-stage process.
The first, which he calls the "hour of the lawyers," is when new
constitutions are written, including basic rights and the rule of
law. There has been a lot of this going around — not only with new
states, like East Timor, but with some old ones that needed to
come up with new charters after Communism collapsed.
The second stage, which Lord Dahrendorf identified in an
article, involves the creation of a market economy, with the
adoption of measures to protect and promote competition and adopt
a social safety net.
The third phase centers on the establishment of civil society,
the building of "substantial sources of power outside the state
and, more often than not, against the state."
How long will all this take? According to Lord Dahrendorf, the
first stage might last some six months, the second, six years and
the third, 60 years. By this reckoning, most countries are not
- 02:03pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2302
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