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Systems Complexity

Information Management students and I are engaged in a discussion of IoT and the attendant issue of complexity.

In response the following was posted.

"The growing complexity of the technological systems, their reach and range, the speed of development suggest the need for new approachs to systems design, implementation, vetting, and operation.

Perhaps our design goals should change, moving away from large complex systems, to a network of small systems with appropriate safeguards in the network connections and an ability to disconnect a small system from the network very rapidly.

We might learn from nature.  Yesterday's feed from Fermat's Library brought me the following.

"You may wonder: Why is nature constructed along these lines? One can only answer that our present knowledge seems to show that nature is so constructed. We simply have to accept it. One could perhaps describe the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe. Our feeble attempts at mathematics enable us to understand a bit of the universe, and as we proceed to develop higher and higher mathematics we can hope to understand the universe better."
- P. A. M. Dirac

This is a quote from this week's paper "The Evolution of the Physicist's Picture of Nature" published in 1963 by P. Dirac, one of the brightest minds of the 20th century.

Which reminded me of Bejan, A., & Zane, J. P. (2012). Design in Nature: How The Constructal Law Governs Evolution In Biology, Physics, Technology, And Social Organization (1st ed). New York: Doubleday.

We understand parts of nature, but not all of it.  Nature has withstood the tests of time and man.  Maybe if we understood ature's design better we could design better systems.

I'm going off the reservation here, but maybe we need to go off the reservation."

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 04:55PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Encouraging Bad Practice

This came across from The Download (MIT technology Review Download March 5).

To what extent does this promote the writing of sloppy code?

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 09:10AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Work in Progress

I write a lot.  I prefer to write on matters that interest me and I do so to clarify my thinking on the subject.  I've authored several undred items over the course of my career.  Some are posted here in droganbloggin, Lecture Notes, and Other Information and Ideas (available through the navigation panel to the right.

I've a number of items in progress.

  1. Drogan, J. (2017a, September 10). Learning from the Future (WIP).
  2. Drogan, J. (2017b, September 15). AI: Two Questions (WIP).
  3. Drogan, J. (2017c, September 29). Integrating Academic Activities: Research, Education and Real Life Problem Solving (WIP).
  4. Drogan, J. (2018a, January 28). Improving Performance in the Supply Chain with Bloackchain (WIP).
  5. Drogan, J. (2018b, January 31). Philosophy and International Business (WIP).
  6. Drogan, J. (n.d.-a). Commentary on The Shipping Industry (WIP). August 26, 2017.
  7. Drogan, J. (n.d.-b). Other Thinking About Spatial Literacy (WIP).
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 08:40AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The Future of Mobility

I had the great good fortune to be invited to attend Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility, sponsored by the American Geographical Society this past November.  This was two of the best days of learning and generating good questions I’ve spent in a long, long time.

As a consequence and at the request of symposium chairman I put together The Future of Mobility - Items of Interest, a list of areas that I believe require additional consideration.

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:47AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

A Note on Cyber Security

Cyber security is taken up in m y graduate information management class.  This note was written to inform the discussion.

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 07:39AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

10 ways to have a better conversation

I call your attention to this fascinating TED Talk.

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 07:18AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


"At first, when writing the interview guide deliverable, I admit I thought of this step as mostly just being a pain. But now that I'm in the middle of it, I'm excited to hear back from people and honestly glad we have to do it. Not only do we get to reconnect with people and possibly add some new contacts to our network, but we are gathering very useful information for our paper that we don't have to go and find ourselves. I wish you all success in getting your questions answered!"

From a capstone student.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:45AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

An Attaboy

"So why China – Chile? When you brought up the map in the class showing that Chile was interested in OBOR I got really curious why."

Included in a student paper.

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 02:32PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

How do we know...

...what we need to know to be successful?

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 05:26PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Information Management: Course Outline and Materials

This book is built upon the syllabus for a graduate level course in information management. The chapters in the book correspond to the modules in the course as it existed at the time of the writing. Included are the reading and writing assignments. The full text of all assigned material written by the author is included.

Table of Contents

US$20 from https://www.lulu.com/.

This book supercedes the information at MIS in Transportation.  MIS in Transportation will remain available on this site.

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 01:18PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment
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