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WHEN INFORMATION BECOMES INTELLIGENT - Benjamin Doolittle

WHEN INFORMATION BECOMES INTELLIGENT

WHEN INFORMATION BECOMES INTELLIGENT

Lets take a look at the two words ”Information” and ”Intelligence”, I like to check wikipedia to get a common usage of the words then look in historical references,  wikipedia works for these purposes.

  • Information in its most restricted technical sense is a message (utterance or expression) or collection of messages that consists of an ordered sequence of symbols, or it is the meaning that can be interpreted from such a message or collection of messages.
  • Intelligence has been defined in different ways, including the abilities for abstract thought, understanding, communication, reasoning, learning, planning, emotional intelligence and problem solving.

“Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns” (1995), a report published by the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association:

“Individuals differ from one another in their ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought. Although these individual differences can be substantial, they are never entirely consistent: a given person’s intellectual performance will vary on different occasions, in different domains, as judged by different criteria. Concepts of “intelligence” are attempts to clarify and organize this complex set of phenomena. Although considerable clarity has been achieved in some areas, no such conceptualization has yet answered all the important questions, and none commands universal assent. Indeed, when two dozen prominent theorists were recently asked to define intelligence, they gave two dozen, somewhat different, definitions.”

By these definitions information is collected as raw data to be interpreted, intelligence is the reasoning of information as raw data.

At the heart of the intelligence effort lies a paradox. Intelligence is valuable only if it can be shared with people who need it, but, to the extent that it is more widely shared, risks of compromise are enhanced, In this sense intelligence is of little or no value to people who have no need for it. When information is accepted as intelligence by people who need it, its use and function must be studied to develop a sense and understanding of its purpose. An individual may trust and use the information as “intelligence”, by not trusting the information, its perceived intelligence purposes are not accepted or identified as intel.Conveying information with reason helps the respondent trust the information allowing  personal rationalization and realization of the information, when information is accepted as rational and real,  info becomes intel.Its in the mind. spoken through the masks we wear.