Yes, and I was 'boo-d' off stage some time back here for suggesting the iPad app potential for interfacing with governance trends etc. (Sorry Trevor, low hanging fruit! ... ;-)p
Such is Mr. Cameron’s devotion that he ordered the creation of an iPad app that would allow him to monitor the British economy.
I agree, an interesting story but its weakness is captured in this comment below imo.
Less a driver’s dashboard, it is more a window out of which a passenger can observe the national scenery speeding past. Government might be given the illusion of hand-held, one-stop manageability, but no actual managing is going on.
This takes the usual, limited and incorrect view that all actions must exist on and through the ICT device.
It operates within a broader human environment.
Relevant information in the hands of decision makers (or better questions being asked by them) will naturally drive action down/out through a whole host of policy channels already in place and serviced by humans and machines such as 'Yes, Minister' adjuncts and hand held telephone devices.
When are we going to see some broader based discussion on the issues of higher variety governing lower variety rather than whether it is an Apple IPad or a Samsung smartphone in a politician's hand or Cybersyn chair?
On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Stuart Umpleby <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Subject: This article in The New York Times: "The No. 10 Dashboard and Cybernetics"
Friends and colleagues,
Stafford Beer's professional problem was to think fifty years ahead of his times. When I worked with him in Uruguay, in 1987, I thought he was twenty years ahead, but now I think he was 50 years ahead.
I still remember him telling me: "I want Sanguinetti to be the first president to speak to a computer"
All the best
Stuart A. Umpleby, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning
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