Session 22

22: Episode 5(7) — Printing, freedom & knowledge-based autopoietic organizations

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Seminar Room B309, Engineering Block B

Given that I have not yet finished writing the final parts Episode 5 or fully understood the importance of mnemonic technologies in the emergence of agriculture and industry. In my original schedule for this series, I also underestimated the extent of material to be covered to explain the evolutionary origins of today and tomorrow's post-industrial humans. Thus, to properly conclude Episode 5 I have decided to skip the Cadenza section entirely.

The Cadenza was intended to explore how I applied many of the ideas about cognitive technologies presented in this series in my professional work as an engineering knowledge management systems analyst and designer for Tenix Defence that helped to ensure the successful completion of the $7 BN ANZAC Ship Project supplying 10 frigates to the Australian and New Zealand Navies. The project was unusual in that as part of the contract, besides constructing the ships, Tenix was required to provide a complete package of engineering technical data and knowledge regarding ship maintenance, logistics, and operations. What we did at Tenix is still state-of-the-art, but I do not need to tell the story here as the material I intended to present has already been covered quite thoroughly in other presentations:

Tonight, in lieu of presenting my Cadenza, I will finish Episode 5 by considering how the printing revolution again fundamentally changed the structure of society from a largely autocratic system to freer and more egalitarian systems. Mass printing and near universal literacy removed many controls over access to technical knowledge, enabling the Reformation and the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions. It also provided the basis for the emergence of individual entrepreneurs and knowledge based corporations as autopoietic systems.

early typesetting

Setting type and laying out the page (click image for video)

printing the pages

Inking the form prior to printing the pages (click image for video) and setting more type

Beginning with the spread of universal literacy with the Printing Revolution that also put the exponential growth and spread of knowledge into hyper drive, I then explore ideas relating to the inseparability of living knowledge and autopoiesis as discussed in the presentations for Sessions 13 and 14. The following papers provide the basis for these sessions and the discussion here: