Self-anything

G. L. Filkovsky,
Nomura Securities International,
New York, USA
e-mail:Gfilkovsky@us.nomura.com

The three-part series by Darrell Mann, Ideality And 'Self-X' [1, 2, 3], intended to show an importance of "self" based solutions, technical and others. For no apparent reason, D.Mann struggles to bring some less than obvious and obscure case studies. With just a little bit of imagination, one can easily find "self-anything", everywhere. Here are some case studies I'd suggest:

Self-auditing. Having auditing done by outside auditors is very expensive and too often, counter-productive. Some progressive companies solved this problem by incorporating auditing in their own structures. Take Enron, for example...

Self-financing. Why do we need to know about some old band going out of fashion and supported by a few thousands of fans (case study 4 in [3])? Just look at the entire "dot com" bubble... And other, real estate bubble, earlier... And other... How about Brooklyn Bridge?..

Self-agreeing. It's just a waste of time and effort to build a UN support for war. Just agree with yourself and strike...

Self-government. It's also too expensive to provide law and order on the occupied territories after an existing regime collapses. An advanced solution: just let them loot themselves...

Self-justice. It's well known that judicial apparatus is extremely costly and ineffective. Let systems handle the function by themselves. Lynch is so much closer to ideality...

Self-regulation. Some corporate CEOs and some government officials long live in an ideal world by deciding on their own salaries...

Self-destruction. Life is not easy. People get through ups and downs, get sick, disappointed, depressed. They kill other people and other species, damage environment. They waste resources and usually stay empty-handed. And, what's in the end? Eventually, they are killed by somebody or something. Increase ideality - commit suicide!..

Self-satisfaction. All this game of two sexes, dating, marriage, love, etc. takes way too much resources. This is a clear case when systems could and should "handle function by themselves": masturbation is the next evolutionary step...

Self-humiliation. Some people lack an intellectual power to be researchers. It is possible to logically demonstrate, but there is a better way - let them do it themselves. Let them write in TRIZ-journal...

I'm quite certain that starting with the case studies above, a reader will readily recognize "self-anything" in any area of interest. When you see an unusually big "self-something", please let us know and we'll show it to others.

R E F E R E N C E S:

  1. D. Mann, "Ideality and "Self-X" - Part 1: Things That Do Things For Themselves", The TRIZ-journal, February 2003.
  2. D. Mann, "IDEALITY AND "SELF-X" - Part 2: Meals, Wheels, and Carpet Slippers - Technical Case Studies", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  3. D. Mann, "IDEALITY AND "SELF-X" - Part 3: Business Context and Case Studies", The TRIZ-journal, April 2003.