What is Information 4.0?
Information in cohabitation with IoT, Chatbots, and the future AI
Information is an integral part of emerging technology. The concept of 4.0 first started by examining how information is dealt with in Industry 4.0 and then expanding it to the emerging high-powered technologies around us. Information 4.0 examines the form, production, interaction and curation of this information component. It also examines the changing and emerging information roles.
To better understand Information 4.0 we came up with this core definition in 2016:
- Molecular – no documents, just information molecules
- Dynamic – continuously updated
- Offered rather than delivered
- Ubiquitous, online, searchable and findable
- Spontaneous – triggered by contexts
- Profiled automatically
This definition, in its embryonic state, needs to be confronted with real-world usage.
In its basic definition, Information 4.0 is autonomous. The environment in which versions of the same information molecules or volatile compounds are accessed is determined by the technology surrounding it and the consumer. This becomes a relationship which affects the information itself. This relationship will need to be codified.
It goes beyond the simple notion of media in terms of purpose and requires new codes of communication.
Information 4.0 is defined and assembled into valid compounds based on a context. The context itself in dynamically determined by levels of location, process and experience. This requires defining a contextualising model across the industry.
A contextual model, engines for computing it in real-time and normalisation of its design for multiple participant technologies and the information itself all need to be defined or designed.
The majority of information is produced by humans today. It can be predicted that this factor will change as we approach valid AI. A production environment for information compounds integrating molecules of human and non-human origin makes us want to define the boundaries and margins of this interaction. Beyond understanding the process and what it entails, we may be faced with broader ethical questions we need to address