Glossary - In Progress, Participation Welcome

Months and months ago I started working on a glossary. It built on existing work I had done around the social impact / ed-tech sectors, because that’s where I started. I added some 4IR terminology, but upon reflection feel that that may actually be more of a distraction. I ended up adding a wish list of terms I wanted to get to, but never did. So this is an incomplete project.

Someone mentioned they had some time and were willing to work on it, so I dragged the file back out and shared it with them. I thought I’d go ahead and post it here with the understanding that this is a total work in progress.

If people would like to take a term and work on it, feel free to email me any submissions you have, and I will update the files. My contact info is on this link on the blog.

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Wrench In The Gears Glossary

Technocracy - highly-regulated form of governance in which industrial engineering experts apply the scientific method and energy expenditure analysis to individual and social activities

Communitarianism – political philosophy originating in mid-19th century utopian socialist thought that was popularized in the early 1990s by George Washington University sociologist Amitai Etizioni who asserted the importance of collective obligation over individual rights.

Doctrine of Domination – alternate framing of the “Doctrine of Discovery” advanced by Shawnee/Lenape legal scholar Steven Newcomb to describe the foundation of US Indian Law which goes back to the Papal Bull “Inter Caetera” issued by Pope Alexander VI asserting the right to Christians to seize and occupy the lands of non-Christians

Reciprocity – concept advanced by Potawatomi biologist, mother, and author Robin Wall Kimmerer who speaks to the need of humans to express gratitude for the gifts of the Earth, restore that which was taken to maintain ecosystem balance, heal broken relationships with the land, and respect and learn from the wise non-human beings all around us.

Rio Earth Summit – political and non-profit leaders from 179 countries gathered in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 1992 to develop Agenda 21, a global plan for “sustainable development” in the twenty-first century as well as the United Nation’s Framework on the Convention of Climate Change. This work was informed by former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Bruntland’s Commission, which was set up by the World Commission on the Environment and Development in 1983. Seventeen sustainable development goals were adopted in 2015 setting the stage for cybernetic management of the planet via a faux “green” agenda designed to channel global capital through all natural life.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - mechanism through which the World Economic Forum intends to remake the natural world as a planetary computer to generate data to feed predatory social impact investing markets and ultimately break the code of life and displace g-d as the supreme coder of the universe.

Data - Information, often stored on a computer, used to analyze and plan

Biometric Data - unique human elements that identify us individually to devices and systems

Digital ID – unique identifier that aggregates all of a person’s data as a permanent record

Data-Mining - new insights and patterns derived from analysis of large data sets

Cloud Computing - use of remote, internet-based servers to store and access information

5G – high frequency cellular network conceived of in 2008 and first implemented in South Korea in 2019. It relies on intrusive small cell infrastructure to operate the Internet of Things.

6G – planned infrastructure to advance cyber-physical fusion, digital twins, holograms, and communication between artificial intelligence agents and robots
Internet of Bio Nano Things – bio-chemical life processes that communicate with the cyber-world of the Internet through engineered nano-machines embedded in living tissue

Molecular Electronics – field that emerged in the mid 1950s along with nanotechnology where instead of using pre-existing materials to solve engineering problems

Biomaterials – engineered substances, natural or synthetic, developed to control the operations of living systems through tissue replacement, augmentation, or treatment. May include nanoparticles and biosensors.

Engineered Living Materials (ELM) – biological life reinvented as industrial materials with novel functional properties through the introduction of programmable microbes

Bioreactor – manufactured container or system that supports biologically active processes to grow organisms (yeast, bacteria, or animal cells) under controlled conditions in liquids or on solid surfaces­­

Self-Assembly – organization of smaller sub-units, such as nano-particles, into larger, organized patterns. Can take place spontaneously through random chemical interactions or be directed using magnetic, electronic, ultrasound, and light fields.

Interoperability - structured data with a standardized format that works with different platforms

Algorithm - rules to achieve a desired outcome, fixed decision trees, if x then y

Artificial Intelligence (AI) - software that can covertly learn and predict behavior, often without consent Machine Learning - computers figuring out how to carry out tasks they were not explicitly programmed with training data - structured, unstructured, and reinforcement techniques.

Behavioral Economics – form of economics that uses behaviorism (operant conditioning) to enforce market strategy Gamification - design strategies that make desired behaviors seem “fun”

Nudge - design features encouraging a preferred choice

Pharmcotherapy – treatment of disease or management of addiction through administration of drugs

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)– experiential therapeutic approach using modeling, action and communication where the mind and body influence each other. A person’s senses are used to process information and create a personal map of “reality.”

Neuromarketing – Use of technologies like brain scanning and eye motion tracking to attain insights into consumer preferences and motivations

Neuroeconomics – use of advanced imaging and bio-chemical processing to assess how the brain makes economic decisions

Neural Protheses – engineered biomedical solutions that use wireless communication in the brain to restore motor, sensory, or cognitive functionality lost due to injury or disease

Psychometrics – approach developed by Victorian eugenicist Francis Galton to objectively measure a person’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, personality traits, mental disorders, and educational achievement

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) – use of blood flow mapping in the brain to monitor neuronal activity

Blockchain - database using decentralized nodes, un-erasable, encrypted Crypto-Currency - digital value created and stored on blockchain

Smart Contracts - self-executing digital agreements (if x condition is met then y happens) that are activated by sensor data and then permanently authenticated and recorded on blockchain

Internet of Agreements – smart contracts set up to manage the logic of complex financial agreements and payment flows on blockchain

Device Economy – the ability of Internet of Things connected machines to transact with one another through smart contracts

Ether (ETH) – transactional token that facilitates operation of the Ethereum (smart contract) network. Payment for computing power required to track and execute transactions. Nineteenth-century physicists used the term to describe a fifth element, the substance that comprises heavenly bodies and supports the propagation of electromagnetic waves

Verifiable Claim – a piece of information deemed cryptographically trustworthy

Smart Cities - environments that collect data in order to modify behavior Charter Cities - set zones governed by interests outside the elected government

Biometric Data - unique human elements identifying us to devices / systems Transhumanism - humans evolving beyond physical bodies to merge with computing systems via ingestibles, injections, and implants.

Biosecurity – measures put in place to manage risk associated with potential spread of disease among humans, plants, and animals from natural causes and pre-meditated terrorism

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One Health Framework – World Bank effort financing a global health “security” framework that addresses infectious disease as well as soil and water contamination. The ostensible goal is improved health outcomes for livestock, wild animals, humans, and the environment through the imposition of a totalitarian bio-surveillance system. This, not coincidentally, will also permit the financialization of all life through UN Sustainable Development Goal-aligned data analytics and the strategic disruption of webs of relationship between indigenous peoples and their lands.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – program set up in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act to test innovative payment and delivery system models, alternatives to fee for service.

Electronic Health Record – digital record of information from all clinicians involved in patient care, as well as wearable / biosensor data, that meets interoperability standards for secure sharing, coding, and reimbursement

Value-based Payment – healthcare delivery model where reimbursement ostensibly preferences good results for patients by emphasizing lower-cost, preventative care as contrasted with fee-for-service. This approach emphasizes uses of technology, data analytics, and “evidence-based” medicine. Such data underpins human capital markets around “social determinants of health” impact investing linked to Internet of Bodies data streams.

Social Determinants of Health – environmental conditions within which people are born, live, learn, work, and socialize that affect their well-being and health outcomes. Factors include economic stability; access to education, healthcare, food, and shelter; quality of the built and natural environment; levels of physical and psychological violence experienced; and social cohesion. Pay for Success Finance deals have begun using cost-offsets from chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, lead poisoning, depression, anxiety as well educational attainment and workforce engagement to generate “social impact” profit from investments in all sectors. Real-time data analytics from programmed public benefits on blockchain, smart surveillance, wearables and biosensors tied to a person’s digital identity will manifest a massive bio-surveillance panopticon that generates real-time risk profiles of individuals, communities, and nations for the benefit of global debt finance, defense, and telec­­­om industries.

Social Prescribing – a new approach whereby healthcare and social service providers write “prescriptions” for non-pharmaceutical interventions, ostensibly to enhance the physical or mental well-being of individuals and communities. “Prescriptions” can be for time in nature, volunteering, companionship, counseling around debt or reskilling. Framed as a benevolent approach that “treats” the whole person, it is simply another way to compel people who have been failed by society to jump through bureaucratic hoops to access the necessities of life. Compliance is tracked on dashboards as part of “pay for success” investment schemes.

Digital Profiling – ongoing analysis of traces people generate living in sensor-based “smart” environments. Geo-location data, purchase data, activity data, and social interactions are all aggregated and used to create virtual representations of people that are used to predict and shape future behaviors and inform perceptions of “risk.”

Predictive Policing –using large data sets and machine learning to anticipate locations of crime as well as those who may become perpetrators or victims. These policies are often adopted in the name of creating efficiencies under austerity. Algorithms supplant human judgement and have been proven to be racially biased.

Telehealth – use of telecommunications technologies to support service-delivery at a distance for management of individual or population health – remote clinical services, continuing education, data storage

Precision Medicine –

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Cyborg - mechanical element(s) added to an organic body to enhance function Human

Centaur – term advanced by former DARPA program manager Amy Kruse to make the idea of a cyborg more palatable. Emphasizes human-machine collaboration with the goal of creating novel super-power analytical systems.

Piezoelectric Energy Harvest – use of wearable and nano-technology to capture mechanical energy from life processes (blood flow, blinking, walking, swallowing, heart beat)

Internet of Things (IoT) - sensor networks that collect and transmit data

Internet of Bodies (IoB) - human life processes tracked by sensor networks

Digital Twin - virtual replicas connected by sensors to the people, environments, or systems they represent used for real time simulation modeling

Wearable Technology - materials worn on or close to the skin that transmit vital signs, receive and process ambient data, and provide biofeedback.

Smart textiles –yarns woven with embedded nanofibers that harvest energy from static electricity. Friction from the motion of fabrics causes electrons to jump, thereby creating charges that can be captured and stored to charge wearable technologies and other small devices.

Fashion Tech – use of advanced technologies for supply chain management and waste reduction, mixed reality e-commerce, body scans, 3-D printing, and AI customized advertising and pricing based on use data analytics

Wireless Room Charging – eliminates the need to plug in devices. Involves installation of capacitors in the walls and a copper pole through which magnetic fields are generated and circulated.

Haptic – relating to touch and manipulation of objects, can involve mechanical controllers

Behavioral Biometrics – authenticating access based on movement patterns of a person or device monitored and predicted using aggregated Internet data

Geo-Fencing – digitally established boundaries within which certain actions are automatically triggered in the presence of a mobile device or sensor

Nudge - design features encouraging a preferred choice

Augmented Reality - digital information overlay on the real world - Pokémon-Go

Virtual Reality - Immersive digital experience that uses a head set and haptic controllers to generate two-way data capture with nudges

Social Impact Investing – a virtue-washing program that entails gambling on and managing impoverished people and degraded natural systems

Human Capital Bonds - financial instruments that generate profit through investment in privatized tech-driven social welfare systems that compel recipients to perform “life” on prescriptive data-generating pathways of “self-improvement.” Outcomes are weighted and measured against standardized metrics for “success.” Bonds can be securitized, creating opportunities for financiers to bet for OR against compliance of the poor.

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) – financial instruments that are not actually bonds but rather contractual agreements where private capital is invested in a social program that is supposed to save the government money. If a private data clearinghouse determines money was saved, the “savings” are paid out to investors as profit, instead of going to other programs.

Smart Social Impact Bonds –

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Pay for Success Financing - community needs such as education, healthcare, or housing are reimagined as structured debt products, investment opportunities for global capital. Outcomes-based or performance-based contracts are negotiated between a government, service provider, and investors that specify expected performance targets for services provided. If data demonstrates the conditions of the contract were met, investors are repaid, plus an agreed upon rate of return.

Cost Offset - the cost to society (i.e., public tax base) if a social problem is fixed compared to if it were left unfixed. These are often calculated based on research undertaken by academic institutions supported by philanthro-capitalists. The idea of making a modest investment in a program that preemptively addresses a social or environmental issue before it escalates creates perceived cost savings from which returns on investment are negotiated. Cost offsets have been developed around in incarceration, unemployment, addiction, special education, chronic illness, and stormwater management.

Pathway - tasks assigned to individuals / groups that generate the personally identifiable information needed to fuel human capital bond markets Evidence-Based - social welfare interventions in which “success” is “proven” when a recipient’s data is steered towards an outcome that benefits investors

Growth - measurements of “success” in moving key performance indicators (KPI) towards a set objective. Can be evaluated by computer algorithms to determine the degree of improvement (or not) of a person or program over time.

Data Dashboards - software that represents growth metrics as visual reports so service providers and investors can identify patterns and track performance against expectations

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Nano-Technology – field of manipulating matter at one billionth of a meter, which can unlock unusual magnetic, chemical, and biological properties.

Bioinformatics – use of large data sets and software to extract information about biology at the molecular level, including the functions of genes and proteins for the purposes of addressing disease and / or population health.

Biocompatibility – the introduction of engineered materials into tissues such that it does not result in toxicity or cause harm to life functions

Hedge Fund – an aggressively managed fund that pursues risky investments and uses short positions to attempt to secure high returns.

Token Economy – a system of behavioral reinforcements where tokens have no value in and of themselves, but can be exchanged for material items, services, or privileges. Tokens are issued to encourage targeted behaviors. Often used in classrooms – behavioral scrip (PBIS – positive behavioral interventions and supports).

Digital Token – an asset stored on a blockchain that can be accessed via electronic wallet. It is encoded by a smart contract that establishes a set of governing rules on how it can be used.

Non Fungible Token (NFT) – a unique digital asset stored on blockchain intended to be sold or traded. Can include digital files of art, photos, audio, or video

Cryptographic Token – represents encoded digital rights to perform operations, access services, secure ownership, use assets, hold membership, or participate in decisions within a decentralized governance mechanism

Smart Contract – a computer protocol that automatically executes or documents legal actions without an intermediary according to the terms of a set agreement when conditions are met, can occur on a blockchain. Ethereum is the most widely used blockchain smart contract.

Fourth Sector – economic construct that melds public, private, and non-profit interests. Undergirds next-gen privatization that will scale through data-driven public-private partnerships.

Benefit Corporations – new corporate structure that supposedly takes public or environmental benefit into account rather than seeking to maximize shareholder value. Non-profits cannot register as a benefit corporation but can set them up. Benefit corporations will be used to funnel ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) capital into global social enterprise ventures.

Theological Techno-Fascism – incorporation of faith-based social services into the impact investing agenda where behavioral compliance to assigned pathways can be tracked digitally. May evolve into putting tenets of faith and religious observance onto blockchain with smart contracts as a means of enforcement.

Global Prison Planet – a new form of electronic incarceration where human movement and activity is monitored and controlled by satellite using digital identity and sensor networks. Monitored behaviors feed into global human capital financial markets.

Targeted Individual (TI) - A person who has been nominated by any party, organization, or entity for blacklisting from the local to the international level. A person can be nominated and targeted by entities such as governments, intelligence/security agencies, military, police/sheriff, corrupt corporations/businesses, organized crime, cults, extremists, etc. A TI will endure various degrees of covert surveillance, hacking and patrolling, which can escalate into bullying, stalking, harassment, slander, sabotage, ostracism, denial of service, assault, even trafficking and exploitation.

Decomposition (Zersetzung) – Targeted Individuals (TIs) are subjected to ongoing campaigns that negatively impact their lives - physically, emotionally, and spiritually - with the intent of creating manufactured difficulties, confusion, frustration, and disappointment on a regular basis; to instill fear and paranoia, drive to suicide, or to assassinate; among others. This technique of psychological warfare was used by the Stasi in East Germany during the 1970s-1980s to control dissidents

Gang-Stalking - The targeting of individuals is generally executed by organized syndicates and crowd-sourced groups - on-demand “hives” made up of individual participants, directed by a centralized managing force, which are connected from the local to the transnational level. These can include military, security and intelligence organizations, private military organizations, mercenaries/militias, civic organizations, citizen collaborators + informants, church groups, etc. Tasks are generally executed with "plausible deniability” and carried out in a way that defies traditional definitions of crime (such as stalking or harassment) by fragmenting the workload into micro-tasks performed by multiple agents. For example, several collaborators will patrol the Target relay-style, which, if conducted by one or two people, could otherwise be classified as criminal. For this reason, complaints to family, friends, and authorities are rarely taken seriously, and often create the impression that the Target is “paranoid” and/or “delusional”, rather than a victim of a sophisticated crime.

Web 3.0, The Spatial Web – expansion of the internet beyond screens where physical and digital objects become fused in a “mixed” reality. Information is incorporated into the material world through geolocation and blockchain technologies and artificial intelligence / machine learning.

Metaverse – a computer generated environment where people, as avatars, can interact with one another and digital objects. The concept was first advanced by author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 sci-fi novel “Snow Crash.”

Avatar – a representation of a person in digital space tied to a specific Internet account that enables interaction in the Metaverse. Also, a concept in Hinduism of a deity incarnating on earth in a physical presence

Simulacrum – representation of something but lacking the substance of the original. Term dates to the sixteenth century and is also sometimes used in science fiction to describe artificial life forms

Geo-location – determining the location of a device (sensor) or structure using global positioning system coordinates (via satellite) or IP address

Cyborg Avatar Capitalism – aspiration advanced by the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Moonshot program for humans to be augmented with technology and live outside the constraints of a physical body and mind in time and space. The creation of coded representations (digital twins) of individuals within the Metaverse creates new avenues for value creation and profit extraction.

Society 5.0 – program proposed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Moonshot Project for humanity to move beyond the information age to an existence where the physical world is supplanted by cyberspace. Virtualization of life is advanced as a means of solving social problems like an aging population, extreme global economic competition, wealth inequality, and environmental devastation.

Supply Chain – the network between a company and its suppliers to produce, distribute, and sell a given product or service: raw material, factories, transportation, warehouses, and retailers. Increasingly items are tracked from production through consumption and recycling on blockchain.

Value Chain – the series of activities undertaken to create a saleable product, including research and development, design, inbound logistics, production / assembly, outbound logistics, marketing / sales, service / support. Each step is supposed to add value to the enterprise. Multinational corporations often delegate steps in the value chain to overseas affiliates as a way of increasing efficiencies and capturing more profit.

Globalization 4.0 – expansion of supply chains beyond physical goods to include service delivery through tele-commuting, remote robotics, automated language translation, and gig work platforms. This will be advanced through digital micro-credentials, AI hiring protocols, and digital cross-border payment systems managed through blockchain.

Globotics – global trade in services through online platforms, tele-presence task assignments, and remote-robotic labor. This concept related to the “future of work” is being advanced by economist Richard Baldwin.

Remote Robotic Labor – control of semi-autonomous robots from a distance

Soft Robotics – machines that are primarily made of soft, flexible materials to better interface with humans and for in-vivo (in-body) applications

Future Of Work – planned disruption of the existing global workforce model through automation and artificial intelligence: temporary work, human-computer interaction, perpetual re-skilling all tracked on blockchain for human capital markets

Social Robots – an autonomous machine that interacts with people and other agents following programmed rules of social behavior, for surveillance and “companionship”

Programmable Money – currency transferred to a digital form represented as tokens, often on blockchain ledgers. These coins can be used for cross-border digital payments as well as conditional cash transfers. In the case of the latter, smart contracts allow money only to be used in a pre-approved manner.

Continuum Care Pathway – intervention targeting individuals as part of social impact treatment programs. Involves monitoring clients and families to manage “lifestyle risk” where service providers coordinate “care” while they track and document compliance and outcomes as data.

Securitized Debt – the process of packaging debt from a variety of sources into a single product that can sold to investors. An example is bundled real estate mortgages. In that scenario there are at least four parties involved – the borrower, the loan originator, the trust packaging the debt, and the investor. The next “big short” (toxic bundled mortgages) will be tranches of human capital debt.

Tranches of Investment – tranche in French means slice or portion. When debt instruments are bundled, set asides within the larger pool of collateral assets are rated as more or less risky and marketed to investors on that basis. Senior tranches are more insulated from risk, paid out first, and have lower yields. Junior tranches, which are attractive to hedge funds, have more risk, but greater potential reward.

AI Feedback Loop – there are two types of feedback loops, positive and negative. The first destabilizes the system towards growth or degradation. The second dampens change with the goal of maintaining equilibrium. Feedback loops capture and analyze data and compare it against a pre-determined outcome. Those outputs are then fed back into the system to reduce the difference between the actual output and the desired output.

Digital Voucher – vehicle that will link public benefit access (health and mental health treatment, education, housing, food, etc.) to a person’s electronic-government digital identity such that use of designated funds will be pre-programmed, and impact data will be collected to fulfill public-private partnership arrangements.

Lifelong Learning – global, automated gig economies managed by artificial intelligence compel people of all nations to compete with one another on gamified leaderboards while collecting new “skills.” Skills are represented as “badges” or “competencies” and held in online learning record stores, part of one’s blockchain identity. Portfolios of badges unlock opportunities to apply for micro-work under globalization 4.0, trade in services via remote robotic and telepresence labor. Educational attainment is no longer tracked with diplomas and degrees. Instead, one proves fitness for “work” by acquiring hundreds of micro-credentials that attest to one’s cognitive and non-cognitive capacity and behavioral compliance. Verification of competencies is done digitally in mixed reality; training is delivered via personalized cybernetic feedback loops. Speculative financial markets in human capital are built on top of the skills-badge acquisition process, turning humans into data commodities. Valuation of investments is informed by the real-time economic outputs of individuals obtained from training fee inputs by meted out by financiers.

Gamification – incorporating game elements into non-game activities to encourage participation and increase engagement. Elements include competition, rules, and incentives. Examples include loyalty points programs and online education platforms.

Leaderboards – visible public ranking of participants in a competition

Income Sharing Agreement (ISA) – new system of financing “lifelong learning” whereby a person is advanced funding for a specific amount of education and / or training. Investors are repaid in installments from a borrower’s future wages once they attain employment as specified in the contractual agreement. This will all be tracked on blockchain and tied to one’s digital identity and reputation score. ISAs are being floated as a solution to the enormous burden of student loan debt. Terms vary depending on the type of training sought, with preferable rates going to training modules aligned with Fourth Industrial Revolution imperatives. They are increasingly used to pay coding bootcamp fees. Someone must code the Metaverse into reality. Education debt has been set up as a global equity market where debt will be bundled and sold through government sponsored “career impact bond” initiatives. Mid-career re-skilling is a growth market as automation ramps up and lockdowns displace people from their current jobs. Edly, co-founded by Christopher Ricciardi – grandfather of the collateralized debt obligations that sank the housing market in 2008, is an online platform set up to facilitate the debt securitization process. Purdue University’s “Back A Boiler” ISA was an early pilot. This effort is also backed by ASU+GSV / Michael Crow (Arizona State University + Global Silicon Valley, In-Q-Tel).

Decentralized Applications (dApps) – applications associated with lending, financial trading, gaming, and media and content creation, where the backend code runs on a decentralized peer to peer network. dApps include tokenized incentives for validation of the protocol.

Digital Wallet – access point to data, which may be stored on blockchain, an encrypted key. Data may include passwords, coupons, purchase data, digital assets (tickets, etc.), and personal information such as one would find on government-issued documents such as a driver’s license. With the encrypted key one can engage in contactless transfer of funds between smart devices or point of sale terminals using near-field communications. Can be used to activate and verify terms of blockchain smart contracts in the spatial web and interact with decentralized applications, dApps. Functions outside the traditional bricks-and-mortar banking system. Often used for remittances where financial infrastructure is less developed, framed as a tool of “fin-clusion” (financial inclusion). Cryptocurrency functionality relies on digital wallets.

Know Your Customer (KYC) – laws requiring financial institutions to verify the identities of those with whom they maintain business relationships. Initial justification was to combat money laundering. In the United States, KYC went into effect as part of the Patriot Act in 2001. These requirements set the stage for biometric identity management in the metaverse. In the future, many “customers” of financial institutions will not be human and physical currency may no longer exist.

Key Cryptography – a series of numbers or letters run through an algorithm to encrypt and de-crypt information. Keys are created through a process of random generation. A private key can generate a public key and shared with another party to decrypt communication.

Innovative - technology-centered products and practices which are untried, unproven, and disruptive to the status quo. Creates conditions favoring a take-over.

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1:1 Devices - each student has a tablet or laptop of their own to connect directly with cloud-based vendors, and with teacher activities run through their management programs

Personalized / Adaptive Learning - students are assigned individual packets with a unique computer login we can automatically customize each child’s education based on their data file. Questions adjust in difficulty in response to student answers, optimizing their performance to meet every state standard.

Hybrid / Blended Learning - rather than expecting student access to a teacher for a full day, emphasizes the efficiency of them working on their computer assignments for many blocks and having direct contact with the teacher for a tiny portion of the day.

Standards / Competency / Mastery / Proficiency-Based – emphasis on electronic portfolios listing the skills in which one has attained mastery, proficiency, or a competency. Standards-based grading is part of this transition. The ultimate plan is to move education out of school buildings and use devices to gather the data on skills and standards rather than spending money on heating buildings and paying salaries. Public monies will only be spent on programs that deliver consistent, measurable results. Measurable results are front and center for impact investors.

Credit Flexibility – goal of removing education entirely from school buildings by undermining state laws that require a specific amount of instruction take place in a school. Delinks public funding from “seat time” minimums and asserts digital vouchers (see programmable money) instead. By eliminating “seat time” and replacing it with mastery-based learning, skill attainment data (badges) can be tracked more readily as children move to online education platforms and Internet of Bodies monitoring in community-based settings. In this way digital education vouchers support social impact investment interests (and surveillance) under the umbrella of lifelong learning and human capital speculation.

Digital Badges / Micro-Credentials - The MacArthur Foundation, and Mozilla have been working on developing a wide variety of badging systems for over a decade. They recently joined with IMS Global to scale open badging systems globally. Digital badges are suited to an educational model where acquisition of skills is valued above integrated knowledge. Instruction has been aligned to an exhaustive framework of standards, Common Core and its rebranded successors. This framework normalized the idea that education is something that can be broken down into discrete pieces and represented by blockchain tokens for AI sorting in the planned tele-presence gig economy.

College and Career Readiness –efficiently slotting children into the globalized economy using predictive analytics that maximize returns on educational investment. Emphasis on post-graduation outcomes means copious student data will be compiled, encompassing college enrollment, degree completion, workforce placements, and income levels for lifelong learners. Public education will assign children to pathways into regionally designated sectors of the workforce as outlined in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). This will be done despite growing concerns about the future of work given increased automation and advances in artificial intelligence portend serious disruptions in labor markets.

Assessment Reform – the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces a single horrible test with an equally-horrible nationally-recognized one like the SAT or ACT. “Reform” means MULTIPLE accountability measures tracked so those in power can harvest more data, including soft skills; and incorporate performance assessments which will hasten the shift to the competency model.

Deeper Learning - a type of machine learning where unsupervised computers refine their artificial intelligence capabilities by analyzing unstructured data. Hewlett Packard has committed $30 million to advance a “deeper learning” approach to public education. They are also making significant investments in Open Education Resources (OER). Once OER and VR-OER (virtual reality open education resources) are adopted and 1:1 devices become the norm, learning in relationship will be supplanted by an isolating “playlist” version of education where students are disconnected from teachers and one another. Students will spend most of their day watching videos and consuming modular education content aligned to standards, just like those unsupervised computers. Knowledge and wisdom be limited to those who can afford real, human instruction.

Whole Child Learning / Social Emotional Learning – tracking of social-emotional behaviors, traits, and mindsets in educational settings including the Big 5 OCEAN traits – Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Gamified and avatar-based online programs like Class Dojo and Classcraft make collection of sensitive data more palatable to adults. Efforts are being spearheaded by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning) whose financial support comes from numerous foundations with ties to social impact investing and digital curriculum. This conditioning often includes classroom token economies for positive reinforcement that acclimates children to a future of behavioral scrip.

Growth Mindset / Grit / Resilience / Self-Regulation – the premise that children will be raised to believe they can enjoy a stable future if they work hard and obey. Not being afraid to fail, even when the entire system sets you up for one failure after another, is a trait reinforced at all levels of society. The debt-finance, war economy places power in the hands of a few at the expense of the many. To maintain such a system those in power trick children into internalizing the idea that discipline, conformity are the only options. Burn out the minds of the young early, break their spirits so upending the system and creating a new one becomes impossible to conceptualize.

Learned Helplessness – psychological state researched by Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s, where animals intermittently exposed to negative stimuli from which they could not escape eventually became unable remove themselves from harm even when the means of escape was made available to them.

Evidence-Based - privately controlled “what works clearinghouses” set up to collect and analyze data on the outcomes of public programs, with no oversight on their own conflicts of interest. They are already being given the power to approve or bar public expenditures and rate the success of individual programs.

Cognitive Sciences – interdisciplinary field that emerged in the 1950s to study how the mind functions with a goal of creating intelligent machines. Areas of investigation include attention, perception, information processing, language, emotion, reason, logic, and decision making. These topics are examined through behavioral experimentation, brain imaging, and computational models.

Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence – Rockefeller Foundation funded initiative to launch the field of cognitive sciences in partnership with IBM and Bell Labs in 1956

Macy Conferences – ten gatherings of mathematicians and physical and social scientists held in New York City by the Josiah Macy Foundation between 1946 and 1953 with the goal of synthetizing ideas around behavior and information-feedback of humans and machines, cybernetics.

ARPANET (Advanced Projects Research Agency) – US Department of Defense project launched in the mid 1960s to connect Pentagon-affiliated computer networks, predecessor of the Internet

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) – created by President Eisenhower in 1958 as ARPA in response to Sputnik, issues seed funding for advanced technological research and development from partners in academia and the private sector to shape the modern world

BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research Defense Agency – project of the Department of Health and Human Services launched in 2006 to develop countermeasures against bioterrorism and pandemic influenza; coordinates with private industry to develop diagnostics, therapeutics, and related devices.

IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency) - program launched in 2006 reporting to the Office of National Intelligence that invests in high-risk, high-return projects to give the United States a strategic intelligence advantage in the areas of mathematics, computing, quantum computing, physics, linguistics, chemistry, psychology, and biology

Minerva Initiative – Department of Defense-funded social science research effort focused on the cultural, political, economic, and environmental aspects of international affairs begun in 2008

Stanford Research Institute (SRI) – technology incubator originally affiliated with Stanford established in 1946 to spur economic development in Silicon Valley. Carries out research in biomedical sciences, computing, space systems, education, energy, and environmental technology on a contract basis for private corporations, academic institutions and the US Government.

Institute for Creative Technologies – research institute affiliated with the University of South California, the US Army research lab, and Disney created in 1999 to advance the field of digital art and simulation, including the creation of synthetic people in virtual reality

Social Physics – approach to studying human interactions, networks, and engagement using data from gathered from devices / sensors in order to assess and influence community behavior. Pioneered by MIT professor Alexander (Sandy) Pentland

Neurotechnology – technologies used to visualize and manipulate brain function though implants, direct electric or magnetic stimulation, cell therapy, or pharmacology

Cognitive Liberty – the rights of living beings to control their own mental faculties and cognition

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Score – rubric developed based on research done in the 1980s-1990s by Kaiser Permanente health system regarding the impact of childhood trauma on long-term health. People who experienced greater levels of abuse or neglect as children were found to experience chronic illness and poor health at higher rates than people with stable, nurturing childhoods. The devastating impacts of childhood trauma as a potential cost off-set make ACEs rubrics a perfect tool for pay for success finance tied to social determinants of health.

Executive Function – skills of working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. Area of particular interest to social impact investors in technology-based education and brain training, incluing the Gates and Chan Zuckerberg Foundations

Epigenetics – study of how behaviors and environmental factors affect how a person’s genes are expressed, turned on and off


Positive Psychology


Opportunity Zones – 8,700 low-income census tracts throughout the United States were designated tax shelters by this federal program launched in 2017. It allows investors to pour their capital into commercial or industrial real estate, housing, and start-up businesses, transforming communities formerly targeted for disinvestment and redlining. After being held for ten-years no capital gains taxes are required be paid for investments in designated Opportunity Zones. There is no protection for local communities from the gentrification and displacement that will result from these programs.

Opportunity Atlas – data-driven framework established by Raj Chetty of Harvard outlining how a child’s social mobility and future economic output as an adult can be shaped by relocating families to more affluent zip codes. Will be used to break up social cohesion in marginalized neighborhoods under the guise of equity and justice.

Universal Housing Choice Voucher – tool for the privatization of public housing whereby local housing authorities gradually divest themselves of publicly-owned assets in favor of landlords and a scattered-site model. Vouchers can be programmable as digital money, conditional on demonstrated compliance with pay for success pathways that will fuel human capital finance schemes. This is a particular concern given rental housing around the world has been scooped up for predatory management by multinational investors such as Blackstone.

Housing First – approach to homeless services developed in California in the late 1980s with a precedent in Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker’s Movement that sought to put people in permanent housing immediately and THEN provide support interventions. Before widespread adoption of this approach, recipients of assistance were expected to demonstrate readiness to live independently. While Housing First is on the surface a more humane approach, it is one that also suits the structure of pay for success finance deals. Housing becomes a hub through which investors access vulnerable people, assign them social impact wrap around services, put them on self-improvement pathways, and force them to comply in the digital Internet of Bodies panopticon. A future is not far off where privatized Housing First initiatives become enmeshed in “smart” housing surveillance, picture Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, yielding real time data to shape futures market bets on human capital.

Recidivism – the degree to which people involved with the judicial system become re-incarcerated after release, the cause of which is often structural. Costs of court proceedings and incarceration are HUGE offsets from which pay for success profits are taken (estimated at $25 billion per year). The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (formerly Enron) has been a pioneer in financing big-data profiling of judicially involved people. Risk scores associated with bail are incorporated into myriad structured finance deals. There have been numerous HUD (Housing and Urban Development) / DOJ (Department of Justice) pilot programs that provide “pay for success” supportive housing to returning citizens (those formerly incarcerated). People involved with the system are thus transformed into raw material (as human data commodities) for ongoing “evidence-based” interventions tied to education/training, chronic illness, addiction, and mental health. In this way, global capital can be channeled through captive bodies both in and out of prison. Profit generated from this condition means there will never be an incentive for true economic or judicial reform.

World Wellbeing Project – research project based in the Positive Psychology Department of the University of Pennsylvania by Martin Seligman in collaboration with Stanford and Stony Brook Universities with a focus on developing computational tools that analyze the language of social media to assess and predict mental and physical wellbeing in individuals and populations

Hughes Research Labs – research facility established by Howard Hughes in the late 1940s, affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Hughes Aircraft. Demonstrated use of the first laser with decades of research into photonics, integrated circuits, ion propulsion, augmented reality, micro-lattice, graphene, and artificial intelligence for commercial and military applications. As of 1997, based in Malibu and co-owned by General Motors and Boeing.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute – created in the 1950s with support of Howard Hughes and funded today through the proceeds of the sale of Hughes Aircraft, the organization is one of the world’s largest private funders of biomedical research and science education. It was founded in Miami, FL but relocated to Chevy Chase, MD. The current endowment is over $21 billion in assets funding research into cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and structural biology.

Telegeoinformatics – discipline associated with location-based information and computing: geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing.

Lidar – “light detection and ranging” technology using lasers for measurement and surveying to create high-resolution maps of the Earth and for autonomous vehicle navigation. Developed in the 1960s by Hughes Aircraft.

MEM (Micro-Mechanical System) – micromachine (1-100 micrometers in size) with an integrated circuit that processes data and sensors that interact with the environment. Used in accelerometers, pressure sensors, biomedical applications, piezo-electric energy harvesting, display technology in consumer electronics. See also NEM – nanoscale machine.

Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) – a ranged device (used for targets beyond the reach of hand-to-hand combat) that harm though deployment of highly-focused energy: microwaves, particle beams, lasers, sonic waves, and plasma. Weapons include Active Denial System (Raytheon 2001) heats up liquid in the skin to inflict pain; Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD, Genasys 1996) soundwaves for “crowd control;” Solid-State Lasers for UAV and missile destruction including High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS, Raytheon for the US Airforce) and Navy Laser Family of Systems (NLFoS).

ELF (Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields) – radio waves with frequencies between 3 and 30 Hz that can naturally occur from lightning strikes. Man-made uses employed to communicate with submarines. Also found in high power lines. Research has been underway examining the potential of ELF to suppress melatonin, which may trigger leukemia, depression, and neurodegenerative disease.

Impact Verification – documentation that an entity has achieved agreed upon performance metrics linked to “sustainable” practice. Standardized metrics have been created by global agencies to facilitate ESG investing (Environmental Social Governance). The intent is to expand sensor networks, automate collection of data stored on blockchain, and speed payments made to investors.

Impact Capitalism – investments in “evidence-based” solutions for social or environmental problems. Returns on investment are contingent on documentation of performance metrics. Profit is generated from perceived savings associated with the cost of the social problem to governments if the problems had remained unaddressed.

B-Lab – non-profit organization headquartered in Berwyn, PA outside Philadelphia that was set up in 2006 by three former private equity professionals with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and other social impact philanthropies to promote and guide the development of benefit corporation certification

Behavioral Currency – alternative to legal tender granted to a person for compliance

ESG Investing – Environmental, Social, Governance screen used to evaluate companies for investment purposes. Aligned with social impact investing where specific performance metrics are required to generate payouts depending on demonstrated outcomes

Heckman Equation – developed by University of Chicago professor and Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman based on his Perry Preschool Study that advances a 7-13% return on investment for funds put into “evidence-based” early learning and health programs targeting pregnant women and children from birth through third grade. The Heckman Equation Toolkit was underwritten by the Pritzker family and The Institute for New Economic Thinking / Open Society. Heckman’s equation sets the stage for public acceptance and advocacy for home visits for maternal health, universal pre-k, and early literacy initiatives. While they sound well-intentioned, in reality these efforts have already birthed such abominations as: Hatch Education “We Play Smart” surveillance play tables in Head Start classrooms; Waterford’s UPSTART online preschool; LENA listening devices slipped into babies’ onesies; Pam Omidyar’s “GoalMama” behavior tracking app that monitors the behaviors of expectant mothers on Medicaid; dystopian playgrounds bedecked with QR codes and sensors to track “smart” play; and third grade reading guarantees that use corporate standardized test scores to determine a child’s right to advance to fourth grade. All of these “solutions” gather data to fulfill the performance metrics of Heckman’s equation while legitimizing surveillance of the most vulnerable members of targeted populations. The solutions offered are steeped in predictive profiling and channel global capital to generate profits for hedge funds dabbling in the trading (and shorting) of human futures.

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Terms to be defined.

Settler Colonizer (Artificial Intelligence As) -

Health Passports

Society 5.0

Deep Fake

Social Systems Engineering – Pentland

Digital Coup

Digital Neuro-Engineering


Cultural Erasure

Health As A Service

Informed Consent

Electronic Health Record

Precision Agriculture

Sharing Economy

Circular Economy

Cyber-Physical Fusion

Genetic Basis Of Behavior

Health Impact Bonds

Wrap Around Services

Vaccine Impact Bonds / Pandemic Impact Bonds

Impact Management Project

Persuasive Technology

Extended Reality

Tactile Internet

Synthetic Programmable Hallucinations

Cellular Colonization

Personalized Nutrition




Gut-Brain Axis –

Vagus Nerve -

Personalized Medicine

Signals Intelligence

Cybernetics –

Golem / Kratt -

Data Commodity


Digital Dust

Universal Basic Income

Digital Enclosures / Dispossession

Human Capital Portfolio / Peoplenaire


Genomic Registry

Radical Life Extension




engineered nanoparticles (ENP)

carbon nanotubes



microelectromechanical systems (MEMs)


blood-brain barrier


precision medicine

neural modulation

operant conditioning

remote sensing

brain-machine interfaces


Synthetic Human

Digital Agent

Human Performance Measurement Language

Singularity – Artificial General Intelligence

Targeted Individual




Self-Sovereign Identity


Structural Adjustment


Public-Private Partnerships

Moneyball Government

Smart City

Welfare Reform

Harlem Children’s Zone

My Brother’s Keeper

1,000 Points of Light

Digital ID

Bretton Woods II

Conditional Cash Transfer

ALICE – Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed

Universal Basic Income


Opportunity Youth


Council For A Strong America


Solutions Journalism / Impact Media

Reskilling – Middle Skills

Work-Based Learning




Structured Water

Hydrogen Economy



Electronic Government


Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

IMS Global

National Interoperability Collaborative

Fusion Center – A fusion center is a centralized, multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency, cross-institutional (public and private) data collection and data-sharing repository. Fusion centers were designed to organize localized domestic intelligence gathering into an integrated system that can distribute data both horizontally across a network of fusion centers and vertically, down to local law enforcement and up to the federal intelligence community.

These centers can employ officials from federal, state, and local law enforcement and homeland security agencies as well as other state and local government entities, the federal intelligence community, the military, and even private companies, to spy on Americans in virtually complete secrecy. As of February 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security recognized 79 fusion centers. In addition, the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) consists of six regional centers and one technology support center used by law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals in all 50 sates, the District of Columbia, US territories, England, New Zealand, and parts of Canada.



3-D Printed Food

Lab-Grown Meat

Green Revolution 2.0

Indigenous Sovereignty

Brain Training

Quantum Computing

Raman Spectroscopy

Terrain Theory

Water Memory


Super Computer

EU Graphene Flagship


Mega-City Urban Warfare

War Game Simulation

Opportunity Zones

Strong Cities Network

What Works Cities


Digital Divide

Personal Data As Asset Class

Commodities Futures Trading

QR Code

Open Data Government







Sacred Geometry

Freemasonry / Scottish Rite



Plato’s Cave

Commodity Future Trading

Ecosystem Services

Return On Investment (ROI)


Vagus Nerve

Operation Paperclip

Operation Mocking Jay

MK Ultra

Congress For Cultural Freedom

Bretton Woods II

Jet Propulsion Labs



Post Fordism

Total Quality Management

Systems Engineering


Lightning Network Layer


Segwit Fork

Taproot Layer

Permissioned Chains

Object-Oriented Coding

File Compression

Permissioned Access

Virtual Object


Empowered Data Societies

Global Standards Mapping Initiative

DNA Data Storage


Central Bank Digital Currency


State of Exception

Global Education Futures Forum

World Skills


Stakeholder Capitalism / Inclusive Capitalism


Better Than Cash Alliance



Solar Radiation Management

Third Way

Carbon Capture

Net Zero



Second Life

Sim City


Retinal Scan Payment

Institute For The Future


Operation Gladio


8200 Unit

8200 Impact

Le Cercle

Tiny House – Kasita

Social Finance – Ronald Cohen

Third Sector Capital Partners

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Hewlett Packard



European Integration

Opus Dei

Commons Project

Marshall Plan

Club of Rome

Social Innovation

Latin America Nanomafia


Embedded Everywhere – IoT


Aspen Institute

Full Spectrum Dominance

TRADOC Mad Scientists

Brookings Institute

Aspen Institute

Markle Foundation

Mitre Corp



Behavioral Insights Team (Nudge Unit)


Brain Project

Bank of International Settlements


Crypto Valley Zug

Mobility Solutions

National Nanotechnology Initiative

National Radio Quiet Zones (Table Mountain, CO; Green Bank, WV; Sugar Grove, VA) –

Five Eyes

10 Digital Nations

Beijing International Research Center of Big Data For Sustainable Development Goals

Impact Management Project

Industrial Bank

Impact Security

Accenture / Deloitte / KMPG

Human Genome Project

Department of Energy

Intelligent Autonomous Agents

Path Planning

Decision Trees

Goal Oriented Behavior

Steering Behaviors

Influence Maps

Embodied Cognition



Gate And Trigger

Cognitive Load Theory

AugCog – Augmented Cognition

Human Factors

4N4F C. C. Chan Huawei

Autonomous Learning

Industrial Revolution 5.0

Human Centric

The Humanity Network – Huawei

Mobility As A Service

Body Area Network

Smart Meter

Pulsed Radio Frequencies

Acoustically Targeted Chemo-genetics

Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD)

Logic Gates – Genetic Switches
Sentient World Simulation

Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE)


Howard Hughes Research Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

National Robots Initiative 2013

Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

Physics Based Models Digital Twins


Bounding Box


Substrate Independent Minds

Whole Brain Emulation



Calcium Imaging

Brain Initiative

Patterns of Microstimulation

Transcranial Stimulation



Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado

Integrated Information Theory

Teilhard de Chardin Cosmogenesis


Omega Point


Integrated World Modeling Theory

Global Neuronal Workspace Theory

Bayesian Brain


Computational Model of Personality

Big 5 Personality Traits

Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory


Morphogenetic Field

Resonance Frequency (Base Pair)

Cluster Topography Smart Dust

Scalar Waves – Scalar Physics

Peizo-electric Crystal

Magnetotactic Bacterium / Magnetosome

Jose Delgado


Bio-Hybrid ICT Systems (Project Assisi – Cybertronica)

Holon Theory Koestler

Integrated Capstone Event

Emergent Phenomenon

Positive Psychology



Digital Phenotyping

Wastewater Based Epidemiology

The Sanitation Economy

Embodied Immersive Environments

Kinematics System



Japan’s M-Fund – Black Eagle Trust

Alta Ski Resort

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Orchestrated Objective Reduction – Brain Microtubules

Integrated Information Theory

Consciousness As A State of Matter – Max Tegman MIT

Wave Equation

Substrate Independence

Emergent Patterns

Proto-conscious moments – decoherence – OE occasion of experience


Modal Vibrational Phenomena

Spatial Computer


Static Electric Field Sensing

Human Centered AI

6 Degrees of Freedom



Spatial Computing

Visual Inertial Odemetry

Persistent Coordinate Frames


Environment Reasoning

Cognitive Liberty

Electro-magnetic Interference

Soft Bioelectronics


Digital Phenotype

Novel Sensing

Persistent Objects




Form Factor



Brain Entrainment

Complex Systems Theory

Proximate Oscillators – Coupling Force

Universal Sensor Protocols

Game Engine

Bio-Lan – Electro Genetics

Responsive Environments

Mental Heuristics

Choice Architecture

Human Factors


Computational Musculoskeletal Models

Character Rigging

Genetic Algorithm

Engineered Tissue


Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM)

Molecular Nanotechnology

K. Eric Drexler

Interspecies Currency


Quantum Thermodynamics

Next-generation Nuclear




Track and Trace Carbon Cycle

Catastrophe Bonds

Parametric Insurance

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With @Jason_Bosch new presentation technology with the little definition popup, this list could be used for defining terms during presentations?


Excellent! Thank you Alison. I will look into better ways to share these.

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