The Current Bottleneck of Knowledge Management and How Information Technology can be Successfully Used to Reduce it

The Current Bottleneck of Knowledge Management and How Information Technology can be Successfully Used to Reduce it

Ricardo Salim (Cautus Networks Corporation, USA) and Carlos Ferran (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-603-7.ch011
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Abstract

Knowledge is generated and propogated by cultural selection, a process that—like it genetic counterpart, natural selection—consumes much time and resources in contrasting every new (or mutated) information with reality. However, if we hasten to minimize the field tests or marketing tests—forms of cultural selection—we run into the risk of not testing the knowledge sufficiently and make a deficient contrast with reality. In this chapter we present the concept of pragmatic minimization as the compromise of minimizing the amount of resources invested in contrasting the newly acquired knowledge with reality, while not falling into a lack of realism—blind idealism—or a cominatorial explosion of mental possibilities. Then, we advocate “simulated praxis” and a “more pragmatic artificial intelligence” as new avenues to optimally solve the problem of pragmatic minimization.

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