The Hollow Men: Global Institutional Failures

The questions being asked and the problems being solved across government, industry and the community are almost entirely superficial and beyond the general effervescence of hype and rapidly-fading excitement or media and popular interest, the institutional processes and behavioural practices we inhabit have become self-validating rationales.

We do not possess any such thing as a sufficiently sophisticated global model of how information systems self-propagate and how they generate their complexity. Most of the questions being asked and the solutions being proposed are almost exclusively oriented towards the management of the all the second-order complexity we generate around our management and descriptions of the rapidly evolving information systems and technological hyper-extension of cognition – abstractions above and beyond the problems we were originally intending to solve and from which we often find ourselves asymptotically isolated.

The descriptions, the certifications, the knowledge and the cultural momentum all tends to abstract itself away from the problems originally asserted (plausible maintenance of security, effective social organisation, sustainably efficient governance, technological competencies and innovation).

Which questions? All questions. The languages and cognitive, culturally-encoded behavioural reflexes we inhabit and that quite equally inhabit us are always and already oriented (as are all distributed and integrated information systems) towards the replication of themselves, above and beyond any specific or expansive utility as persistent – if implicitly limited or ambiguous – communications technology.

The questions we need to ask, the problems we need to solve – they do not even appear on the radar. Blind-spots, we have them.

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