The necessity for a new deployment:
When society moved from
agriculture to industry, universal education became necessary (grammar school,
then high school, then college); but that wasn't enough. On-the-job training was
required as well, including instruction in management and specialized tasks. But
this still wasn't enough. Job aids -- such as checklists, calculators, and procedure
manuals -- also became an absolute requirement. Othewise, the complexities of
manufacturing and commerce could not be mastered.
But this still wasn't enough.
Work environments, living environments, and social systems had to change, too;
and a common, industrial-age citizen/consumer conciousness had to be created through
the invention of the media and mass communications.
As we now move from the
industrial era to the mature information age, we need to make a similar major
shift. The old legacy of education, training, job-aids and citizen/consumer
consciousness simply won't do, for the legacy is rooted in ad-hoc metamind rather
than consistent, high-quality metamind.
The key imperative and opportunity
today is to foster "full-time" metamind and to improve its quality and
the behaviors stemming from it. Only then can we master the information age; without
such an adjustment, our future could spiral out of control.