A rough backroom brawler, [Vannevar Bush] inspired public support for pure research and helped to create some of the most terrible weapons ever known. The paradox of his career left him seeking a more benign, even avuncular image. Now the press helped him to construct one. This was no act of generosity; it was difficult for ordinary people to square how the finest among them could be both visionaries and killers, fiercely independent themselves and yet demanding of conformity in others. (pp. 355-356)
Endless Frontier (1997), by G. Pascal Zachary.
Comment: Vannevar Bush’s essential essay, “As We May Think,” electrified me when I first read it, close on the heels of the first article I ever read by Manfred Kochen. Together, they changed my world. This book tells the larger story around Vannevar Bush, giving the context that made his essay possible. I find it fascinating how his life encapsulated many of the conflicting dynamics of science communication with which we continue to struggle.
Vannevar Bush(1890-1973), Understanding American S&T Policy: the emerging crisis in historical perspective [Talk at KAIST(Prof. G. Pascal Zachary)] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82QHlhmoQXE
As standards for trustability continue to rise, the companies, brands, and organizations shown to lack trustability will be punished more and more severely. But the sting of the transparency disinfectant will be greatest when the wounds are new. Very soon, for competitive reasons, all businesses, old and new, will beging to respond to the increase in demand for trustability by taking actions that are more worthy of trust from the beginning — that is, actions that are more transparently honest, less self-interested, more competently executed, less controlling, and more responsive to others’ inputs.
Extreme Trust (2012), by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers.
Comment: The concept of extreme trust derives closely from David Brin’s work on transparency, and supports it, in a very earthy, realistic, and practical way.
Extreme Trust in Depth: Should trustability matter to healthcare companies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i76FTLxSQoI