One solution is to open the process by having the Department of Education gather and post data and provide a platform and tools for all interested parties to analyze, visualize and discuss it. Similarly, open innovation should be encouraged, for example, by providing a hosted version of the open source education platform MOOC.ORG."
These systems were very expensive — for wood paneled board rooms only — and interest in them has waned. But, what about implementing those decision support/collaboration applications using a low cost display or TV set with a Chromecast dongle? For $35 it might become the decision support room for (small groups of) the rest of us."
Cerf's narrative begins with the idea of packet-switched communication and runs through the creation of the ARPAnet, followed by the invention of internetworking protocols to link three disparate networks — the ARPAnet, a mobile communication network and a satellite communication network.
In addition to summarizing the history, Cerf conveys the sense of community and shared purpose among a group of smart dedicated inventors. It provides a great example of what a government can achieve with a little ($124.5 million) seed money."
Well, I am even older -- started on unit record equipment and really understood it. Later, I wire-wrapped a single board computer in order to learn about TTL. But I did that without understanding the physics. I could use relays and TTL chips, but did not understand them. Same with programming -- started with low-level assembly language then moved to higher levels of abstraction -- first IOCS routines then Fortran. Today we program at still higher levels of abstraction.
But, I never could have built a relay from scratch let alone a TTL chip. Even us old guys were far from self-sufficient and capable of restarting "the machine" if it failed. How long did it take people to get from mud to pottery, rocks to steel and concrete, raw meat to cooked,sheep hair to shirts? We are all extremely narrow specialists.
Also -- you've picked a tougher sounding life goal than Doug Engelbart did.
I visited Cuba a couple of times during the "special period," and saw poverty, closed factories, etc. The main adaptions I noted were -- regular power blackouts and tons of brand new Chinese bicycles.
If you are a fan of dystopian sci fi, check out EM Forster's "The machine stops."
I recall fooling with a Plato terminal back in the 60/70s when I was at the System Development Corporation. They had a program for time-shared interactive education in the research directorate, but I was not working on it -- had a nice orange plasma display while we were working with vector CRT displays and TTYs.
Well put! It seemed that every paper written in those days cited Licklider's man-machine symbiosis. He had a vision and the skill to get funds to support that vision (including my dissertation). I met him once and we also had a mutual friend and I can also add that, in spite of a regal sounding name, he was, like Doug Engelbart, friendly and modest.
These folks knew each other -- Engelbart claimed Bush's "As We May Think" as a major inspiration and Bush, Weiner and Licklider were colleagues at MIT. They were also familiar with other time sharing and interactive computing projects at the time and members of that community -- especially Engelbart and Licklider. As you said -- they are links in a chain, but strong links.
They had something else in common -- a sense that their careers were to be in service of humanity, not merely for self agrandisement.
For an overview of the connection between Bush-Licklider-Engelbart, including links to As We May Think and Man-Machine Symbiosis paper, see this teaching module: http://cis275topics.blogspot.com/2010/10/web-history-and-internet-culture.html.