Notes from The Semantics of Simplicity - M2M Intelligence and Complex Adaptive Systems, Geoff Brown. Can we withstand events like Katrina - what happens when civilian and command-and-control infrastructure collapses? Can we build a really resilient infrastructure that can withstand such events. Thesis: OSI seven-layer stack is brittle and static, we want more flexibility about the locus of control, and new layers. Specifically an eighth layer valued information at the right time (VIRT), and zeroth m2mi. Supposedly, this will allow a machine to reconfigure the stack and protocols dynamically.
I found it all very high level, abstract, and not very convincing [note: edited to improve the tone].