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Utility of Information

Posted by cadsmith on June 26, 2011

People are constantly subjected to recommendations or having decisions made for them. There is a question about who makes what rules, e.g. public, state, multinational, or doctrine, and how these coexist in a culture. A network is also capable of this and therefore can assume a greater portion of influence as it bypasses the others’ constraints. There is a concern about determinism.

How is it possible to avoid losing the user to machine supremacy? Dominance can be attained through any of several avenues. In economics, capitalism can lead to monopoly. Political centralization can become tyranny. Technology automation can arrive at autonomy. There are some cases where these may not be bad, but it is necessary to be able to prevent or remedy them if they are.

There are enough natural crises expected that technology has a role to play in solving them. Fully automated civilizations are still the stuff of scifi, e.g. Correction, Moderator or Pox. The goal is to maintain options along the way and to have something that answers to humanity for as long as possible.

The amount of information that can be reviewed is growing fast. There is an expanding infosphere that people are impacted by, yet have less and less knowledge of. The consumer has to make decisions about health, voting, purchasing, dependents, and assets. Information technology has been useful for organizations and institutions that handle facilities on behalf of patrons. Networks have migrated from messaging, documents, and locations to social groups. Search does not cover it all. Getting the right information to the right place and person requires a lot of preparation.

Utility is the notion of value to the user. This can be measured individually and in the aggregate. There is no common agreement on the appropriate formula or method yet. As a result, there are some superstitions in the form of heuristics or ideologies. People want the advantages of better infrastructure and, when it comes to information, this includes the grids that handle common resource demands according to supplies, prices, and regulations. Technology advances are adding new approaches. Right now, these are propelled by investors. At some point, they may become emergent and self-organizing.

Users of these systems are known by their profiles. They may have preferences and patterns of activity. The former may be abstracted to represent what people need and desire. This describes motivations for the development of further solutions. In terms of information, they often require advisories such as answers to questions, or prediction and planning. There may be urgency of action such as procurement or protection. Admin concerns include provisioning and problem-solving. The actors that do these for the benefit of someone are often called a proxy. Where these may have been professionals in the past, they may metamorphose into machines, or at least a capability of those to remain in synchrony with peoples’ propensities.

The exploration of these topics could take many forms. This one provides discussion of terms and practices, and includes links to sources. There are many issues yet to be resolved. Eventually it may bootstrap into a utility that can describe its own operation.


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