Knowledge Management and Communication in the Information Age


Rafiqul Islam (Editor)
Dalhousie University, Canada

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges
BISAC: TEC043000

The information age came with the promise of transparency greater than anything witnessed heretofore by humanity. Of course, transparency is the essence of foresight and knowledge. The hope was for a greater accountability that would follow increased transparency, compelling policy makers to depend on knowledge and foresight rather than disinformation and hidden agendas. Recent events of the new millennium indicate that the increase has been in opacity and disinformation. The information age, often dubbed as the ‘knowledge era’, has become the antithesis of knowledge, however; even its most ardent proponents admit that. Despite globalization, the information age has failed to generate knowledge-based decision-making tools.

The failures of the information age to generate knowledge and remove or attenuate much of the basis of international conflicts are symptomatic of a deeper illness. Science has become the captive of the ‘New Science’ that focuses on short-term, tangible, and status-quo, and doesn’t even allow the real science to face in a direction that would allow the knowledge-model to launch. This science is incompatible with nature, even in competition with nature, and is not even facing the same direction as the science that is needed to increase knowledge — the only process on which rational hopes of discovering the truth may be placed. Consequently, all the promises of the information age have been failing spectacularly. Today, we have medicines that don’t cure, an economy that doesn’t economize, education systems that don’t educate, purification techniques that do not purify, and justice systems that award plaintiffs or deliver discriminatory treatment of an accused depending on ethnic origin, religious belief, or skin colour.

Today, we do collect data at an unprecedented rate, and, yet, we do not process a single set of data with any technique that is truly natural. Today, in the name of simulation, airplanes do not emulate how birds fly, computers do not emulate how the brain computes, cameras do not emulate how the human visual cortex captures and fixes an image, electricity disdains to emulate lightning (insufficiently continuous) or the electric eel (too dependent on the material properties of the receiving medium), commercial ships forego natural sources of locomotion like wind, and submarines do not emulate how fish navigate beneath the water’s surface. If nature is the truth, our New Science must be falsehood. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Knowledge Management in the Information Age: Benefits and Challenges of Using Podcasting as an Educational Tool
(Fatih Gürsul and Sinem Canim)

Analysis and Modeling of Ramps Using VISSIM to Improve Managed Lane Operations
(Ganesh J. Karkee, Steven Venglar and Kwaku Obeng-Boampong)

Stiffness Evaluation and Damage Quantification of Beams Using Knowledge Based Finite Element Approach
(S. Shifana Fatima, C. Natarajan and A. Rajaraman)

Disturbance Data Compression Using Arithmetic Coding Approach with Fast Adaptive Wavelet Packet
(N.P. Subramaniam and K. Bhoopathy Bagan)

Faults Detection and Diagnosis in a Chemical Process by RBF Neural Network
(I. Manssouri, M. Manssouri and B. El Kihel)

Prototype System to Relay Traveler Information and Archived Border-Crossing Related Data
(Rajat Rajbhandari, Juan Carlos Villa and Rafael M. Aldrete)

Making of an Artificial Intelligent Drill Machine
(Chironjeet Kumar Chaki)

Superstrate Loaded Rectangular Microstrip Patch Antennas: An Overview
(R.K. Yadav and R.L. Yadava)

Implementation of Digital Modulation in Existing Analog Power Line Carrier
(Bander Mahfouz Saman, Mosleh M. Al-Harthi, Nadjim Merabtine and A. Said)

A 2.45 GHz Triangular Fractal Antenna for RFID and Wireless Applications
(R.L. Yadava, Mukhram and Ravindra Kumar)

Pedestrian Crash Characteristics in Different Age Groups: A Case Study in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area
(Ganesh J. Karkee)

Progressive Study in Superstrate Covered Circular Microstrip Antennas
(R.K. Yadav and R.L. Yadava)

A Nonlinear Optimization for Microwave Active Circuits Using the Retreat Function
(S. Aidel, N. Boucenna, A. Said, and S. Belaidi)

Application of the Pilot Tones and Unused Carriers Algorithm for the Fourth Generation Mobile Cellular Systems
(Djamel Slimani)

Fault Detection by K-NN Algorithm and MLP Neural Networks in a Distillation Column: Comparative Study
(I. Manssouri, M. Manssouri, and B. El Kihel)

The Best Combination Scheme for Asynchronous Multi-Carrier CDMA System in a Rayleigh Fading Channel with MAI Interference
(Ismahene Ikhlef and Abdellatif Said)

Lean Performance Improvement for the Production of 5-Burner Gas Ovens
(Mohammad D. Al-Tahat, Al-Refaie Abbas, and R.H. Fouad)

Improving Convergence in a Complex Production Planning Problem with Two Hybrid Methods
(Mikael Nyberg and Kaj-Mikael Björk)

Building of Teleprotection System Models
(Bander Mahfouz Saman, Mosleh M. Al-Harthi, Nadjim Merabtine, and A. Said)

Thermal Runaway Analysis for the Safety of a Chemical Reactor
(Badrtamam Benamrane, Noureddine Bourmada, and Yahya Chetouani)

A Markovian Model for Economic Production Lot Size of a Process with Imperfect Production and Machine Failures
(Muhammad Al-Salamah and Ghufran Ahmed)

Application of Artificial Intelligence Methods in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Control
(Vladimir Grishin)

A Progressive Study on Integrated Patch Antennas
(Rakesh Kumar Yadav, R.L. Yadava, and Yogesh Gupta)

Comparative Performance of Rule Learners in Automated Web Page Classification
(M. Indra Devi, K. Selvakuberan, and R. Rajaram)


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