Information Laws

Information Laws

Andrew Targowski (Haworth College of Business, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-004-2.ch012
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to define information laws which control the development of the global and universal civilizations as well as individual autonomous civilizations. Mankind progresses in proportion to its wisdom, which has roots in practice, acquired skills, available data, and information, concepts and knowledge. To be wise, humankind needs to be both informed and knowledgeable, otherwise it will not survive its own failures. Progress in knowledge was painfully slow as long as the spatial memory was transmitted only by oral tradition. With the inventions of writing and books, the process of knowledge discovery and dissemination was accelerated. Today, computers and their networks speed up that process far beyond our imagination. In the 21st century, the Information Wave significantly controls the Agricultural and Industrial Waves through millions of computers. IT supports decision-making based on knowledgeoriented systems such as “data mining” that, for example, discover knowledge about customers and organization dynamics to achieve competitive advantage. Information and knowledge have become the strategic resource that engineering science was in the Industrial Wave. However, the discovery of human cognition potential must be guided by knowledge science, which is just emerging. One of the signs of any science is its set of data, universal rules, laws, and systems of rules and laws. Hence, this chapter offers the first attempt to develop main laws of information that should increase our awareness about the Information Wave, the new stage of civilization dynamics that is taking place at the beginning of the third millennium. The chapter also provides the framework for the analysis of human capital from an information perspective. These considerations reflect a still emerging approach which I call macro-information ecology.
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Macro-Information Ecology

Macro-information ecology is based on the premise that the growth rate of discovery of new information (knowledge) is the key determinant of macroeconomic activities in the service-industrial-global economy (so-called the “new economy”). This new emerging school of macroeconomics may be called knowledgism.

Macro-information ecology is the study of information (cognition) as a whole. It is concerned with aggregates across nations and markets. Macro-information ecology studies the behaviors of societies and economies (nationally and globally) measuring:

  • the value of human capital

  • the potential efficiency of human capital

  • knowledge output

  • Economic output driven by knowledge in a given period, and so forth

It also studies measures derived from many individual nations:

  • markets such as the price of human capital

  • the total structure of employed workers by such categories as production workers in-person service workers, and information workers

Another interesting facet of this emerging discipline is the qualitative analysis of civilization paradigm shifts and the application of civilization tools as a result of increased cognition about us.

To control national output with the development of a global economy, knowledgists stress the need to control the growth of new knowledge discovery. Given the long and variable lags of knowledge and information policies behind events and the difficulty in forecasting future economic events (such as recessions), knowledgists question the ability of industrial or service-oriented macroeconomics to implement even “correct” economic policy.

The knowledge approach suggests that direct government intervention within the economic system should be guided by the “predicted history of the futures.” Knowledge policy is the key to this intervention. In this sense, knowledge policy is closer in economic theory to the Keynesian interventionists than to “conservative” monetarists.

The supply and demand of information (knowledge) is the most basic subject of information ecology (IE). However, before presenting this model, we must examine the stages of development of the information reservoir. Figure 1 illustrates this process.

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgment
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Chapter 1
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The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive model of generic civilizations and world civilization, applying the cybernetic technique of... Sample PDF
The Civilization Grand Model
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Chapter 2
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The purpose of this study is to define the role of civilization’s critical powers in the civilization life cycle. The role of... Sample PDF
Civilization Life Cycle: Introduction
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Chapter 3
The Civilization Index  (pages 62-77)
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The purpose of this chapter is to define energy levels of civilizations, particularly in respect to a role of information-communication processes.... Sample PDF
The Civilization Index
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Chapter 4
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The purpose of this chapter is to evaluate a role of information-communication (INFOCO) processes in human development according to the following... Sample PDF
(A) Liberating the Future from the Past
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Chapter 5
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The purpose of this chapter is to define intrinsic values of information-communication processes in human development. The development of... Sample PDF
(B) Liberating the Past from the Future
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Chapter 6
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The purpose of this chapter is to investigate whether we humans are wise enough to save our civilization from threats of internal conflicts and... Sample PDF
Will Wisdom Save the Human Project?
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Chapter 7
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The purpose of this chapter is to define processes triggering the emergence of global civilization at the beginning of the 21st century. In... Sample PDF
From Global to Universal-Complementary Civilization
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Chapter 8
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The purpose of this chapter is to define information- based tools for the study of the human story in order to “informate” traditional historic... Sample PDF
Theory of Critical Total History of Civilization
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Chapter 9
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This chapter will attempt to analyze the cumulative evolution of labor, intellect (information & knowledge), and politics. In pursuit of this aim... Sample PDF
The Information Wave of Civilization
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Chapter 10
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The purpose of this chapter is to define information, mainly in terms of cognition units, and also to find out its other perspectives and images.... Sample PDF
Information and Organization
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Chapter 11
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The purpose of this chapter is to define a scope of service science and service automation in service economy based on ideal generic service systems... Sample PDF
Service Science and Automation Laws
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Chapter 12
Information Laws  (pages 277-288)
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The purpose of this chapter is to define information laws which control the development of the global and universal civilizations as well as... Sample PDF
Information Laws
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Chapter 13
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The purpose of this chapter is to define the architecture of information-communication systems which play key roles in the development of the... Sample PDF
The Electronic Global Village
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Information Societies  (pages 311-343)
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The purpose of this chapter is to define the evolution and key indicators of the information society that is being triggered by the Information Wave... Sample PDF
Information Societies
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Asymmetric Communication  (pages 345-362)
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This chapter defines a framework for the crosscultural communication process, including efficiency and cost. The framework provides some directions... Sample PDF
Asymmetric Communication
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Chapter 16
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The purpose of this chapter is to define the dynamics of the economic infrastructure, which supports any civilization and defines the modus operandi... Sample PDF
Civilization Market Integration
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Chapter 17
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The purpose of this chapter is the investigation whether human civilization has much of a future on the Earth. This investigation is partially based... Sample PDF
The Future of Civilization
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Chapter 18
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For years, the construction of the universe has occupied the best minds of theologians and scientists. The first modern breakthrough was made by... Sample PDF
The Information Architecture of the Universe
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