By pmonday on May 20, 2006
Storage Management and Information Lifecycle Management have the concept of storage tiers (online, near-line, off-line) with datapath tools helping to manage the movement of data based on the criticality, age and recent access attributes for data. One can easily make the argument that the convergence of tiers of knowledge within your grasp is similar. There are parallels of tiered storage in how you acquire, retain and access knowledge as a person. With increasing performance and availability of knowledge devices you should be able to have all available knowledge ready to be processed without disrupting your train of thought or communication with other people. Consider a knowledge device any one of many categories of devices that aid in carrying knowledge with you. The combination of knowledge devices with network infrastructure builds your tiered knowledge world. Here are the tiers of knowledge in my world, in the order I use them:
- First-level cache - This is the information and knowledge that comes flying out of my own brain, often unchecked and, as often as not, to my own detriment.
- Second-level cache - This is the information and knowledge that I have to sit and think about. It is information that disrupts conversation since I have to think, but not enough to notice much.
- Team knowledge - This is information the folks around me know. This category includes shouting distance, instant messaging and, of course, the traditional phone
- Internet knowledge - This is the stuff I can get through surfing the internet. Notice the placement of Internet knowledge, I use it more often than I use books. How strange is that?
- Book knowledge - This is the stuff I have to reach for and peruse. Books are often FAR more efficient than the Internet simply due to the contextualization and consolidation of information in one spot and the performance of flipping through the book. It is still very difficult to efficiently "flip" through the Internet. On the other hand, I'm hoping that with the advent of digital paper, ebooks can finally merge the accessibility of the Internet with the readability of a book while losing the unwieldiness of a laptop.
- Motorola RAZR with instant messaging (takes care of Team Knowledge and Internet Knowledge) and Bluetooth. Bluetooth is interesting because my phone no longer has to be in my hand, I can interact with team members and team knowledge without unnatural movements. I press a button, say a team member's name, and I am talking to them while I continue with my activities.
- Laptop with WiFi (takes care of Team Knowledge, Internet Knowledge (more than the phone) and Book Knowledge). This is a problem. If I need higher speed access or more screen real-estate, I have to take out my Laptop, power it up, and connect to WiFi at a hot spot...yech.
- Instant-on devices that are connect to the Internet and don't take sports conditioning classes to carry with you on the go
- Ubiquitous network connectivity, anywhere, anytime the 3G, wifi and other ways to connect
- More and more "personal" bluetooth head sets (built into our clothes, shrinking into our ears, and, eventually, put one in an implant...why not?)