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This site is different. It's a "highly agile world of knowledge". Here, I talk about the cutting edge design and development of this site using hawkVision.
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Discussion on building highly agile worlds of knowledge to work through wicked problems. We can advance human cognition by collecting, creating, storing and working with information in ways that are natural for our brains?
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Wicked Problems are difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.
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A2 Technology Partners has been in business for over 20 years creating wealth building solutions and award winning applications for our clients.

Welcome to hawkVision

This highly agile world of knowledge is used as a next generation web site Content Management System.

Enter this space through any of the featured items to the left or below. Explanations on using the site are available in the help menu above or just follow your nose.

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This site is a highly agile world of knowledge built using hawkVision.

The core of every hawk solution is a web application which can be used as a full solution or as a back end for mobile, desktop and other web apps.

This is a simple implementation of hawkVision.  It describes, as well as demonstrates, the core of hawk's capabilities.

Our Specifications

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Features we wanted in this solution:

 - A platform to grow on
 - Natural, tactile, adaptive
 - Morph and change as our needs change
 - Easy to find what we want to know
 - Also tell us what we need to know
   -- Give us more concise knowledge than we know how to ask for
 - Take advantage of open source
 - Be accessible to 3rd party applications
 - Social media
   -- Communicate at a group level
   -- Augment our ability to think as a group
 - Collaboration
   -- Cooperative knowledge building
   -- Augment our ability to act as a group
 - Mapping
   -- Map appropriate information in Google Maps, Google Earth, or other mapping service
 - Multi-media
   -- Store and present electronic documents
   -- Store and present images, audio, and video
 - Provide application intelligence to augment each user's cognition
 - Ultra flexible intuitive interface
 - Interact with other data sources

Purpose:

Corporate site, technology site.

Demonstrate the expertise of A2 Technology Partners and the function and value of highly agile worlds of knowledge.

Share the vision and the technology.

Serve as a nexus for solution and technology development teams.

Types of Users:

Those needing services and products we offer, including solution design and development, web application design and development, contract talent, expert strategic and tactical consulting.

Investors, both those needing expert evaluation of technology and its feasibilty and those interested in participating in projects we are involved in. 

Those looking for tools, expertise, and case studies to help work through Wicked Problems.

Those interested in the scientific and technical implications of highly agile worlds of knowledge.

Those researching the creators of, and technology behind, our solutions.

Types of Content:

A simple set of content types that can be demonstrated to cover a wide variety of needs, both expected and unexpected.

Basic content types include contacts, addresses/locations, phone numbers, email addresses, topics, , notes/articles, URLs, electronic documents, images, audio, video.

Function, Structure and Navigation:

Present complex information in an easy to digest format through the implementation of hawk technology.

hawkVision developed as a web application.  The structure of the user's experience is determined moment to moment as they move through the world of knowledge in the site.

hawk two dimensional navigation including current focus item view with its connections, current focus item full view with its connections in a larger format for more thorough examination while remaining focused on the current item.  Featured items set up for guests by authenticated users.  Favorites and recent views for authenticated users.

Visual Design

Themes and skins allow the designer, site owner and users to affect visual design and behavior on the fly.

The site is currently displaying the most basic theme.  Additional preconfigured themes will be added that will allow the user to change themes from moment to moment while using the site.

Behaviors are a future feature that will allow authenticated users to designate behaviors when content items are connected.  Behaviors can be different visual and tactile skins that are applied under certain conditions.  A simple example would be to display the item in a prominent manner when viewed from a particular perspective.  ie. when viewing this phone number while focusing on this contact, display it at the top of the list and give it a drop shadow to accentuate it.  An advanced example would be; when someone views this note while focused on this person, show only the summary and require a password to look at the full transcript, all the while making entries in the akashic record of the site.

The functions provided by client side development are a large part of the hawk experience and is the next focus of the our development.

hawk will have a variety of user experiences available as the product matures, including innovative board layouts that a user can shift between moment by moment, a 2D canvas that hawk will use to draw each current view in perspective, spin-able 3D tanks in which hawk will construct each current view in perspective, immersive 3D worlds where the user can move about the hawkSpace in 3D, and innovative new concepts for the presentation of hawkSpaces in very small format devices, such as smart phones.

Stay tuned!

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Discussion on building highly agile worlds of knowledge to work through wicked problems. We can advance human cognition by collecting, creating, storing and working with information in ways that are natural for our brains?
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highly agile worlds of knowledge can enable us to survive the overwhelming volume and diversity of information that is the experience of this age.  Change is rapid and accelerating.  We need to be able to work effectively with more and changing information.  We need to get ahead of the curve.  We need a leap.

On the road to understanding and solving Wicked Problems, we find that we are better able to make wise choices when we are further down that road.  Sometimes the understanding and subsequent solution design is immature or even naive early on.  We benefit from experience and time passing.

We need to be able to apply the later wisdom when we come upon it and not expect our early immature and incomplete understanding to be clear enough to support a solution with longevity.  We need solutions that grow and change as our understanding grows and changes.

The hawk approach enables working "fuzzy to focused". 

Pablo Picasso is quoted:
"You have to have an idea of what you're going to do, but it should be a vague idea."...and..."An idea is a point of departure and no more.  As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought."

The hawk approach allows you to begin building highly agile worlds of knowledge without a full understanding of the problem or the solution.  As the space grows through use, the understanding and the subsequent solution become clearer.  hawkSpaces and applications can evolve into a long term solution. 

In many ways highly agile worlds of knowledge are Content Defined Applications.  The application has very little form without the content.  In hawk, the content includes the contextual interconnection of items of information.  Any and every item of information can be connected to any and every other item of information as needed.  Everything to Everything.  The resulting nth dimensional structure contains much more knowledge of its information world than could be gleaned without the connections, the AI that examines and interprets it, and the highly interactive interfaces that are used to interact with it, to feed and consume it.

highly agile worlds of knowledge enable users to add and edit content easily and intuitively without the use of an external program or the need to code anything.  By collecting, contributing, and connecting indivdual items of information, the underlying structure undergoes a process of self organization, ultimately growing coherent knowledge out of siloed collections of information.

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Alex's Notes
A collection of notes from the founder of A2 Technology Partners and creator of everything to everything technology, highly agile worlds of knowledge and hawkVision.
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This collection of notes is similar to a blog, but is truely a collection that grows and changes over time, rather than a serialized list of articles.  Needless to say, content items other than notes may appear in this collection.  There are no limits to the patterns that can emerge when working with hawk.

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Wicked Problems are difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.
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About A2
A2 Technology Partners has been in business for over 20 years creating wealth building solutions and award winning applications for our clients.
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HISTORY

A2 Technology Partners has been creating wealth building solutions and award winning applications for over 20 years.  A2 advises on the feasibility of new technology businesses from both a technical and financial perspective.

Our specialty has been providing powerful solutions with simple sophistication and affordable budgets.  Our solutions provide our clients with competitive advantage that cannot be obtained with packaged products and cafeteria plans.

CUTTING EDGE TECH

A2 is leading the way in the practical development of new tech that self-organizes information worlds as they grow and change.  Augmented cognition, knowledge as opposed to information, and wiser decisions based on better understanding are all within reach.

Our Vision is to take an overwhelming amount of information down to a manageable and actionable level for everyone.  To help replace desperate activity with effective action.

"There is a natural order to any entity's information that if discovered, turns information into knowledge and transforms their worlds."

A2 FACTS

NAME
A2 Technology Partners, Inc.

OCCUPATION
Leading Edge Software Solutions House

IN BUSINESS
Since 1989

CONTACT INFO
Alex Adams
Founder and CEO
A2 Technology Partners, Inc.
343 Soquel Ave #302
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-724-1397
alex@a2technology.com

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