BRAIN POWER – THE STRATEGIC RESOURCE FOR THE NEW ERA OF DEVELOPMEWNT The Strategic Resource for Kerala’s Development is the Brain Power and Knowledge Bases of its people, especially the new Generation of the Youth and Women. Gone are ages of Agriculture, Industry or Information Technology, including Software Development and Business Outsourcing for ensuring sustained development of Kerala. Of course, they have only a supplementary role in creating income and employment for the New Generation. It is time for formulating a New Development Model for Kerala.
SYSTEM, TECHNOLOGY ANDBUSINESS MODEL Knowmatics (Mathew, 2005 ,Calicut University and 2011, Hong Kong),founded on Mathew’s Theories of Knowledge Consumption-Production (Mathew,1985, Moscow) offers the strategic tools and techniques in developing the suitable System, Technology and Business Model in exploiting the Brain Power of the People and thereby developing Knowledge Industries. Knowmatics, the System, the Technology and the Business Model have been developed thanks to more than 30 years of intensive study and research conducted by Dr. Raju M. Mathew.
PIONEERING WORKS Developing scientific tools in treating Knowledge as a Commodity or Product for Consumption, Production and Marketing and formulating the two basic Theories of Knowledge, by taking into account the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Knowledge, are the pioneering and strategically important work carried out by Mathew. These theories have direct bearing in building up the Modern Knowledge Industries, quite different from the conventional approach of putting Education, IT based Industries, Scientific Research or even Pharmaceuticals , Biotechnology and etc. within the frame work of Knowledge Industries, as subscribed to by the Knowledge Commission of India, especially Dr. Sam Pitroda.
KNOWMATICS AND MATHEW’S THEORIES Knowmatics , built upon Mathew’s theories of Knowledge , is powerful enough to make a Revolution in Education, especially Higher Education, besides Skill Acquisition, Scientific Research, Professional Practices and Decision Making. It also recognizes the incompatibility of IT in dealing with Knowledge rather than Data or Information.
KERALA --THE REAL WEALTH Kerala, the Sothern State of India, is covered with green fields and mountains and pure water lakes for its prolonged rainy seasons. Thanks to the high density of population and environmental awareness of its people, Kerala is reluctant to go for pollution-making industrialization and intensive farm development. Kerala spends more money for education and health care than anything else for the sharp brain power, unending thirst for new skills, expertise and knowledge and health consciousness of its younger generation who prefer the service sector to agriculture or industrial sectors. Almost all households in Kerala can digitally be interconnected thanks to its extensive high speed fiber optic networks. The real wealth of Kerala is the Brain Power, Knowledge, Skills and Expertise of its people, including those who settled in other countries that have not yet been exploited so far. Kerala needs a New Development Model based on the Brain Power ,Skill, Knowledge and Expertise of its people rather than Agriculture or Industry or even IT.
THE CONVENTIONAL DEVELOPMENT MODEL The conventional development model is based on industrialization and intensive farming with limited role for the service sector. For the high density of population, anti-pollution drives of the people and the lack of sufficient land to spare for industries, agriculture or even infrastructure development, this development model is unsustainable for Kerala.
HUMAN RESOURCE-BASED DEVELOPMENT MODEL By realizing the limitation of industrialization and farm development, Kerala has formulated a development model based on Education, Migration of Labor, Urbanization, Tourism and Software Export. For the tough competition in the global market, Kerala cannot relay too much on Labor Migration, Tourism and IT based Industries, especially Software Export, including Business Outsourcing.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HEADING TOWARDS STAGNATION The great promises made by Information Technology in 1990s have not yet been materialized other than flooding the world with too much scattered and fragmented data and information. Everybody is over-loaded with fragmented and confusing data or information that have adversely affected the quality of Education, especially of Universities and Scientific Research, besides, National Economic Policies and Planning, Business Forecasting, Corporate Planning and Management . The present global economic crisis is an offspring of the wrong projections and miscalculations consequent on the too much reliance upon half-backed and confused Data or Information in stead of Wisdom and knowledge. The Global Economy is heading towards a stagnation with regard to Information Technology that will affect the employment opportunities, especially in Software Export and Outsourcing that are becoming highly competitive.
KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Computer and Information Technology have been designed for processing and handling linear and static Data or Information due to the fact that the very basis of IT is Algorithms built upon the Data Structure which is Linear and Static and the building blocs of Data are bits. On the other hand, the structure of Knowledge is Non-Linear and Dynamic and the building blocs of Knowledge are Concepts. That is the reason why; IT is not compatible for Processing and Handling Knowledge. Without using and generating strategic Knowledge, the Humanity is at great risk. It is time for the Humanity to devise a New Science or Technology to process and handle Knowledge that are scattered and unmanageable and to augment the Consumption and Production of Knowledge, the very basis of the survival and advancements of the Humanity.
ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT MODEL A Stage has reached in which Kerala can no longer depend on the existing development model and it has to formulate a different model based on Knowledge and Brain Power. It demands of Making Kerala, A Global Learning, Knowledge Generating and Knowledge Processing and Repackaging Centre that necessitates the emergence of a Clean, Smart and Learning Friendly Kerala and thereby a Knowledge Insensitive Society. Knowmatics, a science and technology of knowledge processing originated in Kerala, offers wonderful opportunities for Kerala in these regards.
THE CHALLENGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND BRAIN POWER The greatest challenge for formulating a Development Model based on Knowledge and Brain Power is the absence of any model of transforming them into globally marketable products or services on a massive scale. The nature of Knowledge and Brain Power are non-linear and Dynamic, unlike Data and Information, there is a limitation for Information Technology to process, handle or manage Knowledge scattered into hundreds of Domains. The existing theories of Knowledge, developments in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence do not have much use in transforming Knowledge and Brain Power into Tradable Products for Mass Consumption Globally.
MATHEW’S THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE After developing theoretical and methodological tools in measuring and categorizing Knowledge as a Product for Consumption and Production , as early as 1985, Mathew formulated two theories on Knowledge Consumption- Production Growth of both Individuals and the Society as a whole. They got published from Moscow by the USSR Academy of Sciences and later appeared into several languages and became an area for Doctoral Research. They have been treated as useful theories in Informatics, Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Knowledge Engineering besides augmenting Skill Acquisition and Scientific Productivity.
KNOWMATICS AND KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRY On the basis of a series of prolonged studies on the structure of diverse Domains of Knowledge and the Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Information Technology, Mathew propounded Knowmatics in 2005. It is aimed at processing and handling Knowledge and thereby developing Knowledge Industries, quite different from Information Technology or ICT Industries. He found that there exists a common structure for all Domains of Knowledge and the building blocs of Knowledge are concepts and that of information are bits. Knowmatics is founded on Mathew’s Theories of Knowledge Consumption-Production Growth published in 1985 from Moscow by the USSR Academy of Sciences.
THE PATH MAKING WORK With the publication of the paper, Knowmatics- A New Revolution in Higher Education, in the Journal of the World Universities Forum 4,1,2011:1-11 by Dr. Mathew jointly with Ranjit Mathew, the International community has been made aware of the untapped potentialities of Knowmatics in transforming Knowledge and Brain Power into marketable products for mass consumption. The paper was originally presented for the Fourth World Universities Forum held at Hong Kong, Jan.14-16, 2011 and its video presentation has been posted in the YouTube. It has been nominated to the Finalists for the Intentional Award for Excellence.
A NEW DEVELOPMENT MODEL FOR KERALA BASED ON ITS UNTAPPED BRAIN POWER AND KNOWLEDGE WELATH For the business initiative of a major investment and business group, Mathew has been developing a Development Model and a Business Strategy making use of Knowmatics , transforming every household in Kerala into a Knowledge Processing Unit. It aims at commercially exploiting the untapped Knowledge and Brain Power of Kerala into Value-Added Knowledge Packages, Services and Solutions for the Global Market in Education, Practicing Professions, Scientific Research, Decision Making in Government, Private or Corporate Sectors and even the Common People. It offers thousands of income and employment generating opportunities in terms of several billions. The project involves several questions related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for which initial steps have already been taken. Its success depends upon the ability of the rulers and the investors to capture the idea and facilitating its execution.
MAKING KNOWLEDGE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR ALL Knowledge is universal and free from language, culture, religion, ideology or even education and literacy. Knowledge is capable of empowering the masses. The very philosophy behind Knowmatics is making knowledge accessible and affordable to all, crossing the thick walls built by the Education Systems and Socio-Political- Cultural Systems ,so as to augment the knowledge consumption of the Humanity into several folds and thereby attain a quantum leap in human development. Knowmatics is capable of making the masses, even the illiterates, rich in knowledge and capable of putting knowledge into practice.
KNOWMATICS : GLOBAL INITATIVES ARE REQUIRED The international community has not yet fully realized the potentialities of Knowmatics. It is capable of making a Revolution in Knowledgizing the entire Humanity and transforming almost all Social Production Processes Knowledge Intensive besides Education, Scientific Research and Professional Practices. Knowledge, in all forms or types, including the traditional or indigenous Knowledge, scattered in millions of books and brains or memories of the living can be brought into a common digital system. Global Research and Funding are required to exploit the full potentialities of Knowmatics for the service of the Humanity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Raju M. Mathew propounded Knowmatics, the Mathematics, Economics and Engineering of Knowledge in 2005 , founded upon his internationally acclaimed Theories of Knowledge Consumption- Production Growth that got published from Moscow by the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1985 and became an area for Doctoral Research in Skill Acquisition and Scientific productivity. His latest work, ‘Knowmatics- A New Revolution in Higher Education’ jointly with Ranjit Mathew, published in the Journal of the World Universities Forum 4,1,2011:1-11, has been nominated as a Finalist for the International Award of Excellence. He has several works on the Global Economic Crisis, the Arab Spring, New Development Strategies and etc. that can be found in the net. Dr. Mathew also acknowledges the support that he is getting from Rani Raju, Global English School, Al Ain, UAE and Ranjit Mathew of the Random House Group, London for his works in Knowmatics.