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Ralph H. Peters
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Read this compact book in an evening--and think about it for a year. Robert Steele long as been one of our most interesting and challenging thinkers (although his writing is clear--a reflection of clear thought), and this book is a cri de couer, his "Give me liberty, or give me death!" demand that our government, our system and our citizenry rethink the far from benevolent disorder into which we have lured ourselves. My review cannot do justice to the richness of thought compressed in this book. Nor do I agree with every proposition the author raises--that's not the point, which is to spur us to liberated, creative thought. But I very strongly recommend this book to every citizen, no matter his or her political hue, who is unafraid of facing the future and who dares to embrace change. There are many points I'd like to raise from the book, but, to me, an effective review should be reasonably succinct, so I'll limit myself to briefly noting a few of the topics that particularly engaged me: A basic point of Steele's is that "The U.S. government does not study anything holistically. Everything is studied in isolation from all else." As someone with extensive government experience, I certainly can attest to the painful, destructive truth of this point: We're like the fable of the blind men and the elephant, except that we're legions of blind men and the elephant has already fled the zoo by the time we complete our analysis. Some sections of the book are, to me, worth the full price by themselves, not least his discussion of "liberation technology" and his provocative views on how its spread can better aid humanity. Next, his discussion of "panarchy," interconnected self-government(to over-simplify the concept)moves several steps beyond current notions of the viability and utility of connectivity. Another aspect of the book to which I can bear witness is the extensive "fraud, waste and abuse" in our intelligence system (as well as in our government, overall). Steele has made his case for open-source intelligence in previous works, but never so crisply and immediately as here. Wisely, he warns that "Dangers increase as man creates complications and misdirects his energy and resources," reinforcing my own point that an African village would be more resilient in a global crisis than the hyper-complex and hyper-centralized socio-economic system of the United States (this is not a matter of quality of life, but of existential robustness--that village could feed itself long after our national food distribution system had broken down). And as a Sierra Club member, I certainly concur with his statement that "We are deluded in our belief that we can control complexity and predict the outcome of perturbing large systems such as the climate." Much of this, of course, is the result of the "fragmentation of knowledge," of over-specialization and compartmentalization that plagues government and academia as much as it does the intelligence community (which isn't really much of a community in the classic sense). And his call for "intelligence minutemen" has already found preliminary echoes in US hackers who, on their own initiative, have responded to foreign cyber-bullying. I've already pushed this review far beyond an ideal length, so I'll close my inadequate praise of this remarkable, stimulating, sometimes infuriating (in the best sense) book by citing two of his conclusions that go to the heart of the author's concerns: "Empowered by open software, hardware, spectrum, data access, and intelligence, we are within reach of open democracy." And, above all, "Connected we are one."
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B. Tweed DeLions
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If there's a single Founding Father of the Open Source movement, Robert D. Steele is it. Everyone else has been playing catchup. And if you don't know what the Open Source revolution is, you need to read this book. You don't even need to know why! You need to buy it, read it, and then you'll *know* why. No other book on Open Source can open your eyes the way this one can. That's because there's no potential use of Open Source intelligence that Steele hasn't anticipated. Collective Intelligence is coming! It's an unstoppable force. And it will change everything. So if you like to know about things like that in advance, you need to buy this book.
The information age that was created by personal computers was just a kiddie car with a squeaky horn. By comparison, the open source revolution is a freight train. Its potential to change your world is orders of magnitude greater. This is not hyperbole. In fact superlatives can't begin to express the ground-shaking potential of this next wave of human evolution.
Collective Intelligence is a hybrid form of intelligence that's taking everyone by surprise. While researchers have been trying to create artificial intelligence, a new kind of intelligence has emerged and passed them by like they were standing still. The idea behind artificial intelligence was to create computers that can think like humans, but with all the advantages of a computer: lightning fast processing speeds and immense data bases. And although many valuable things have been learned in the process, it's becoming ever more clear that the original aims of the developers of artificial intelligence will probably never be realized.
The real revolution in intelligence has been of an entirely different variety. Open Source Systems turn individual human brains into Brain Networks. In a sense, each individual brain then becomes a cell within a much larger brain. And because human brains have skills of analysis, perception, and creative problem solving that computers will never have, this new hybrid form of intelligence is much more powerful than artificial intelligence will ever be. Open Source Intelligence is a new tool of problem solving *and* a new system of organization at the same time. And here's what you need to remember about all of this: when human brains are linked in a network that focuses on a common problem, the processing power of these multiple human brains is similar to a biological supercomputer! Artificial intelligence will never catch up to that. Ever.
Probably the best example is a recent open-source science project. Scientists had been trying to unlock the mysteries of a complex protein, but with little success. So they decided to create an open source project that anyone could participate in. They thought if they were lucky, the team of participants would solve the problem in two years. They solved it in two weeks! This is a demonstration of the extraordinary and unmeasurable power of this new form of collective, creative, human intelligence.
Ask yourself these questions:
What are the implications of this new hybrid form of intelligence? What can it be used for? How will this change human society? How will it change my life? How will it change human organization? How can I use it to my advantage? In how many different ways can it be applied? How can I invest in this new hybrid form of intelligence? How can I avoid missing the boat? How can I be a part of this coming revolution?
The Open Source Everything Manifesto answers these questions and more. But ultimately no one has all the answers, for one simple reason. Because you're a unique individual, your creativity may bring a set of skills to open source projects that no one else has. And there's no way of anticipating or predicting what you could add to such a project unless you plug yourself into it to see what you can do. So ultimately only *you* can answer that question.
Open Source is not only for computer people! That's the point. It's for *everyone*. This is not a "computer book." Anyone can understand it. The best Open Source Software Systems are those that are designed so that anyone can figure out how to participate quickly and efficiently. That means that you don't have to be computer savvy in order to participate. That's why everyone needs to read this book! Open Source could very well hold the answers to your most vexing problems, right now! And reading this book is the quickest way to find out.
Ultimately, Open Source is open-ended in it's applications. Anyone who thinks they can predict all the innovations that might come from it is fooling themselves. The sky's the limit. That's what this book will help you understand. Open Source Everything has radically expanded our ability to DREAM!
We can now dare to dream bigger than our limited individual imaginations and be fairly confident that even those dreams are probably gross underestimations of what's actually possible. And that's perhaps the greatest gift of Open Source Everything:
It has restored our capacity to dream!
The American dream is NOT dead! There's a new dream on the horizon!
If someone came along and restored your optimism and your capacity to dream, and challenged you to dream in ways that you never dreamed possible, what value would you put on that message? The answer: it would be beyond any concept of value. And that's what this book can do for you and for all humankind. Words just don't suffice. You need to see it to understand, and this book will enable you to see it. Don't hesitate. It only costs nine dollars! It's the best gamble you'll ever make.
It's very readable. Pretty much anyone can understand it. It's not very long. The pages have a very low word count, and only 167 pages are text. The rest are footnotes. It's a pleasure to read. Trust me on this. This book is for everyone. This book is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the next big revolution. How many times have you missed things like that in the past? You don't have to miss it this time. Hop aboard the train. Don't sit on the sidelines and watch it whiz by. Or worse yet, don't be run over by it! If you're heavily invested in a system that's about to be made obsolete by the Open Source Everything revolution, you need to know about it as soon as possible so you can try to minimize your losses.
Also by this author:
On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World
The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political--Citizen's Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption
Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time
THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest
Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (Substance of Governance; Legitimate Grievances; Candidates on the Issues; Balanced Budget 101; Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them; Annotated Bibliography)
INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainaabilty
Other books I recommend close to this theme:
Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World (Continuum Intelligence Studies)
No More Secrets: Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence (Praeger Security International)
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room
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This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to know how and why our leaders are so ineffectual, from an author with an insider perspective. Robert David Steele, spent decades as a Marine officer, a CIA secret operative, and the second in command of Marine Intelligence, before realizing that he was wasting his life trying to convince government puppets and idiots that they were doing intelligence wrong. Steele came to the conclusion that our governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations are NOT the agents for the kind of major changes that the world needs: changes imperative to survive as a species on a planet increasingly hostile to humans.
Steele argues that instead, the new revolution must come from the bottom, up, a peaceful grass-roots change of mind about how we govern and organize ourselves. Instead of focusing on secret intelligence, like governments, militaries, and corporations have been doing forever, he argues that we need Open Source Intelligence, on every aspect of life, from government to business, food production to technology, in order to tap into the most effective resource available to us: the collective human brain (all 7 billion of them). Open Source is defined as information available through legal, ethical and public channels, not necessarily 'free,' though some of it is.
He points out that secret intelligence has been employed by elites throughout history (absolutely true, I’m an historian), to keep the people in the dark, and to obfuscate their nefarious doings, while accumulating wealth to themselves. I whole-hardheartedly agree with him, and have argued a similar point for years. However, what Steele has that I do not (among many things), is a long career as a government and military insider, which is exactly what the new revolution needs.
He suggests that the revolution is already in full swing, and that if we take the time to look around, we can see it everywhere. He’s right, and if you don’t think so, you’re probably not reading this review anyway, and you, and your company, government or institution will be caught with its proverbial pants down when it does happen. Those who do pay heed, will reap the benefits of a new way of doing things.
At times Steele slips into his academic, military/professional voice, which can be difficult to follow for some readers, and probably a reason some find fault with the book. And his ideas are radical, for sure, but radical ideas are needed to solve the myriad of problems facing the world. I guess building community, sharing resources, and working together, are radical ideas. Maybe they are, but if we don’t start implementing them, and damned fast, we won’t have to worry about our grandchildren arguing about it; they won’t be here. Is out of control capitalism, greed, and war any less radical? I think not.
Personally, I’m optimistic like Mr. Steele. Look, the man spent a career predicting the future, and he’s predicting that things are gonna get real interesting soon. I’d bet my balls on it, and other appendages. Buy the book already, and get ready to Open Source your brain! Become part of the solution, instead of remaining part of the problem. The Earth needs you.