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I suspect it is pre by a good bit but not in the way we use it now.  
I don't think it had anything to do with Star Trek or even the WWW. 

He was writing it for the Academy and Starfleet.  It was in the 
capsule they dropped whenever they thought they were about to die. 
Whenever they found a dead starship, it was the first thing they 
restored even when it was 'damaged beyond repair', which means it 
may have been marked-up. ;-)  They could always figure out the 
technical damage to the ship; it was the decisions that led to the death of 
the ship they wanted to analyze.  Consider it 23rd Century Corporate 
Memory plus forensics.

I know that in my case, I wrote my paper on Enterprise Engineering 
for the CALS conference in 1989/90 because it was superstitious 
acquisition of learning that concerned me.  It wasn't missing but 
corrupt or mistaken information that was the issue, plus the high 
cost and slow processes of paper pushing.  At GE, we wanted to 
put systems into nation-states coming from behind the iron curtain 
where work ethics had failed and late 20th century modernization 
of manufacturing hadn't happened.  We knew that crap at lightspeed 
was crappy light.  The nature of the network as an idea amplifier was a  
lesson learned from Doug Englebart and Norbert Wiener. 

We didn't invent anything.  The implications of markup and networked 
communications were pretty obvious pre-web for anyone who was in the nexus 
of hypertext, object systems, and SGML.  I followed my paper with
Information Ecosystems 
later as it became more and more obvious that documents were just messages
varied by lifecycle and addressability and what that revealed to me was how 
evolution works in dynamic systems that exchange messages.  The enterprise
itself, is just a 
confederated or federated set of communicating entities typically arranged
as a 
hierarchy of entities tied together by a network of ports.  Chaos theory
in concepts of self-similar systems, atractors, etc.

Again, it all comes down to where you can afford to be certain or uncertain.
We've never 
really gotten beyond Boltzman and Shannon.  Entropy is missing information
(a damaged 
captain's log). 

We just keep renaming it and looking for better algorithms which is why
quantum logic is 
intuitively fascinating even if ultimately not productive.  

XML counts merely because it enables us to simplify the one thing 
we all can share: a syntax and an impliable structure for data.  Turns out
there is a lot of 
bang for the buck in doing that.  You can often fix the Captain's log by
implying the 
missing information.  If it fits in a space of a certain kind, you know what
is missing.


From: Governor James [mailto:jgovernor@redmonk.com]

The Enterprise is an anachronism. It's a spaceship flying through space
where the captain can make individual decisions that will dictate the
success or lack of it, of the enterprise. But we're not flying space ships
guys, we're just not that self-sufficient or isolated. Maybe we need to
think a lot more about the Federation, the Empire, or something. Just as no
man is an island, no enterprise is a spaceship. 

I mean the captain's log, Stardate whatever- surely it would actually be a
massively subscribed blog - Kirk as the Scoble of the future, wheras in the
TV show, it always seemed like he was just writing it for himself, and like
a black box. Where was the comms.

Does anyone know about the origins of the term enterprise in corporate
America - was it pre or post Star Trek. 


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