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November 29, 2003

Community of Truth & Futures 

I invite people to participate in this group inquiry relating to schools of excellence, and humanly preferred futures of the post-industrial age

Who do you feel your discipline's most brilliant person of the 20th C and did they have one foremost opinion on how humankind should structure/systemise the global/local networking/real revolution that is emerging all around us?

We could rehearse this here or or just post your answer

For example, today I am attending the centenary commemoration of John von Neumann at Greenwich, partly because my father the biographer of Johnny is speaking (footnote).

Mathematicians regard von Neumann as the origin of collaborative computing- the truth for most future breakthroughs in maths. It was his view that a networked world should change the life of patents to last 3 weeks at most. His point was that any company issuing a valuable patent would, in an elearning age, be the hub of such a value multiplying network of excellence, that 3 weeks lead would be quite enough to exploit the next big leaps forward in collaborative partnership formation, at least for anyone truly interested in innovation rather than blocking progress for humankind

(Bill Aspray (Indiana), John von Neumann and the Institute for Advanced Study Computer Project Ivor Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex), von Neumann's early work on set theory and proof theory, 1923-1931 Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Ruskilde), von Neumann's work on the minimax theorem in game theory
Norman Macrae, What Jonny von Neumann thought you mathematicians should have achieved by now)

Chris Macrae,,
Co-author in 1984 of The 2024 Report- a future history of the first 40 years of being globally & locally networked

2005 Timeline chapter 6:
By 2005, the gap in income and expectations between the rich and poor nations was recognised to be man's most dangerous problem. (The necessary resolution was not a conception of policy-making governments, but emerged from the first computerised town meeting of the world)

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