Overview: This comes out of more than thirty years work on a secure, distributed, information handling system. Mixed in with this is bits from psychology, ergonomics and philosophy. It’s become clear that humans work with concepts, in fact a net of connected ones, and this is the approach taken in dealing with problems, and communicating new things. All this argues for tools that handle a net, or mesh-work, of concepts. There are also elements of how humans ‘model’ situations, and others (humans).
We have many information management tools, some of which are highly specialised in the areas they work in, but very few tools for managing concepts. This can be hard to think about, because you’re operating on a ‘meta’ (or maybe a meta-meta) level. There are things like ‘mind maps’, but these often seem to work better on paper, rather than as a computer application.
Considerable work has been done towards creating a ‘meta tool’ for what we’re calling here ‘conceptual engineering’. This has the potential to be used in a wide number of areas, including adaptive user-interface development, secure storage of (personal) data, and even things like role-playing games!
There would seem to be considerable potential in developing and using such a tool to develop ideas about, and to create, a ‘better future’, or, at least the tools which might lead to such. As always, the question is: are you willing to spare some attention for this?