Transformation demands different architecture.
Here is a little story to illustrate the point:
A scientist discovered a way to grow the size of a flea by several orders of magnitude. She was terribly excited. After all, a flea can jump vertically more than 30 times its body size. She reasoned that a flea this big would be able leap over a tall building. Perhaps, there could be a Nobel Prize in this.
When the day came to show the world, she pushed the button and sure enough out came this giant flea, over two meters high. But, rather than leaping a tall building, it took one look around and promptly fell over dead. Turns out it couldn’t breath. No lungs. Passive air holes that worked fine for oxygen exchange in a tiny flea were useless for a creature so big.
Each year at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Ontolog Forum brings together a community of researchers, educators, and practitioners to discuss the role of ontologies in next generation solutions. This presentation highlights seven case examples showing how ontologies deliver business value.
How is the Digital Universe expanding?
Transformation is and always has been a pervasive property of our universe.
Dr. Michael Brodie has an interesting take on trends we are struggling with this decade.
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It articulates key themes of our rapidly expanding “Digital Universe.” The talk summary reads as follows:
“This is a remarkable time in human history. Our real world is rapidly becoming digital and our digital worlds are rapidly becoming real. Ubiquitous digital worlds such as online shopping and auctions, stock and equity trading systems, electronic banking, social networks, and the e-‘s (e-government, e-health, e-commerce, e-business) contribute to our rapidly expanding Digital Universe that is as fascinating in the 21st Century as the physical universe was in the 20th Century. Digital worlds have an enormous, and far from understood, impact on our real world and vice versa. The growth, adoption, and power of these digital worlds and the amazing opportunities and threats that they offer suggest a forthcoming Digital Industrial Revolution. The Digital Industrial Revolution, accelerated by the Web, will have far reaching effect, as did the Industrial Revolution, accelerated by printing press. Both revolutions unleashed natural social, economic, and political forces and both flattened the world through transparency and openness. But the Digital Industrial revolution, because of the phenomena surrounding the Web and its interactions with society, is occurring at lightning speed with profound impacts on society, the economy, politics, and more.
Our Digital Universe is leading to fundamental changes in human endeavors – how people interact, how science and business is conducted, and how governments operate, leading in turn to planned and unforeseen consequences such as universal and instantaneous access to information and other resources, globalization of enterprises and industries, as well as economic and social crises, and threats to security and civil liberties. No longer do computer systems provide back-office, administrative support; they are emerging as platforms for digital ecosystems of automated and human agents that operate real business, social, and government processes; thus creating digital worlds that are an integral part of our real world. Yet we build them with little understanding of these digital worlds or their impacts on our real world. Stated simply, the Web is unleashing natural social, economic, political, and other forces – for good and for ill.
This talk explores our expanding Digital Universe that has been emerging slowly for half a century but has reached a tipping point due to the convergence of technical and world trends such as the Web and its continuously astounding adoption. We investigate key contributors to this remarkable time of change and transformation. Digital worlds are being used to transform social, business, scientific, and government activities creating the potential that we can redefine our world. But how do we redefine our world? Where do we start? We look at the need for fundamentally new methods to understand our digital worlds and their actual and potential interactions with and impacts on our world; and for the conception, design, development, and use of digital worlds (previously called “applications” presumable of computing) and the real and digital worlds with which they interact. Since the problems being addressed are real, so is the problem solving. No more “boffins in the back room”. The related problem solving methods must be holistic, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative and that facilitate problem solving across technical, social, and other domains to develop secure, realistic, and robust digital worlds. The need for such methods is illustrated with a healthcare information system failure costing £12.4 billion and a corresponding success due largely to its multi-disciplinary life cycle. We examine examples of these methods by applying Jarvis’s Google Rules to failing real worlds and their growing digital counterparts. The emergence of our Digital Universe and its impact on and potential for our world raises the challenge to aspire to the principles of Web Science to work collaboratively across relevant disciplines to create digital worlds that contribute to improving our world.”