Flashback 1951: At Princeton Von Neumann had quite a lot on his plate during the year The Economist of Lomdon seconded my father to NYPrinceton..Intel world's Brother John had just over 5 years while cancer from nuclear experimentation invaded his body to start up 3 intel curricula by and for the future of generations everywhere:
hardware of computing
brain science -
This was in addition to his previous research- his diares show that during the war and nuclear research he kept writing I am getting fascinated by coding and computing and the days when I will be free to study this and share with everyone (coding was as top secret as nuclear during the war)
if the coming of age of 21st C intel was to make the most of humans and tech in every way that the 20th C coming of age since 1855 of worldwide coms standards had failed to do (assuming you se 2 world wars as failiure)
Von Neumann surprised my father by asking if The Economist could help with a challenge Johnny was highly concerned with - open sourcing every imagination generation opportunity that the Goats of maths John Albert et Al had crossed the atlantic with- John was terrified that this future of intelligence would get buried in the same sort of academic silos that had worried Adam Smith at the start of the engineering age or in the muzzling of freedom of speech which was necessity at time of world war but which sustainability of government must end forthwith.
In 1951 The Editor of the Economist had just finished publishing the centenary autobiography of The Economsist 1843-1943. Tried as journalists in English might, the mediation alumni of James Wilson and Queen Victoria's transformation of commonwealth had not worked out peacefully. The relay needed to be turned over to UNP-GITU -ie the United Nations of Princeton's 2 decade of hosting refugee matjhematicians who'd transferred from Geneva's hub of the ITU and co-located League of Nations. And that was just the transatlanic challenge posed by uniting a at most a quarter of the future of human kind; with another 60% as asians and 15% who might from the south or the poles or the 2 canal regions where atlantic and pacific world trades criss-cross.
Geoffrey Crowther Economist editor 1951, said game on - all the time wondering if the future of Economists would pay attention to the last chapter of Keynes general theory - where keynes says his greatest fear for the world is whose economic scribbling takes over all futures design. In the 12 months of 1970-1971 Crowther's worst fears were provoked by Friedmans publication that social responsibility needed to be reduced to one number and Nixon taking the dollar off the gold standard.
Concerning millennails sustainability goals, looking back from the future of the 2020s, it seems clear that at minimum the fast changing maos of human augmented intelligence needed a once in decade pedia of updating the decades opening quests and closing needs for error correctios 2021; 2011 2001 1991 1981 1971 1961 1951 ..
or we could compile decennial diaries forward from 1861 (the opium wars had shown asian's no longer to look west to the pound as a currency but to hope their east the dollar would value everyone's 5 cent worth. However if worldwide telegraphs had existed in 1851 (instead of itu's 1865) Asians would have needed to ask what is the south north relationship inside the usa - https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/texas-annexation - the american history of slavery had started to be compounded by the american history of Latino relationships.
Please note back in the 1850s even if places like france were nearly three quarters of a century into their entrepreneurial revolution of republics replacing kingdoms, the trust is communications still relied on men with guns on horseback - and shooting the messenger was still a common practice of elites. Do what progress in communications and shared intelligence from every gps on mother earth are we mapping in this most extraordinary decade of human responsibilities? EconomistDiary.com worldwide correspondent help needed be it human or cgpt or ai.gov or naixus or UN tech aiforgood enabled email@example.com