Web Wide Matrix

For many years, I’ve been really suffering from the problem of information overload: I’m subscribed to many content feeds, which are very valuable to me, but don’t have any way to effectively consume them – even if I’d sit all day & read them, I won’t be able to cover all of them.

Thinking about this problem I understood 3 things:

  1. The problem starts with the medium – the interface in which we consume content feeds today is like a baggage carousel, where you need to look at a list of items, arriving in random order, until you see what you’re looking for. This interface is somewhat effective with few dozens items, but will never work with thousands. On the other hand, an interface such as a supermarket is effective for selecting a few items out of thousands of items, because it’s an organized space that you can walk into & see all items, & since you go there frequently you know exactly where to find what interests you & discover more along the way.
  2. There are many good technologies today to automatically process large amounts of information, in order to enable people to make value out of it, but to use these technologies you need a team of engineers working for weeks or months building a solution for some specific content feed & use-case. This is similar to the situation before the Web, where if you wanted to connect to some information you needed to build the software, protocols & infrastructure for accessing information remotely. The Web introduced a simple & powerful standard way to access information, that removed these barriers & enabled anyone to publish & access information from anywhere in the world. Similarly, we need a simple & powerful way to enable anyone to process any content feed & make value out of it. This should be as simple as writing a simple HTML file.
  3. Until today, every person needed just an internet connection & a device to access information – something to run a browser on & access information & services. However, by now we stretched to the limit our ability to consume & make value from the sea of information available to us – Slack/Email/Articles/Twitter/Data/Opportunities/Events/&c. The introduction of powerful machine-learning & autonomous software agents can now enable every person to have a team of bots working for him by processing information & creating value out of it. So, a browser & internet connection is not enough anymore – you need another software/service to cope with the never ending streams of information flooding you, that needs to be available & affordable for everyone, just like an internet connection & a browser.

So I set out to design an architecture & solution based on these ideas, which I call the Web Wide Matrix. Inspired by the Matrix movie, it is a

  • Virtual Reality interface for consuming content feeds as an organized space
  • generated by a personal team of hacker bots, working inside software hovercrafts to process your content feeds
  • using training courses that are as simple to write as HTML documents

To make this a reality, I’m building this as an open-source initiative, led by a non-profit organization (called the Wachowski groupoid, in honor of the Matrix creators), currently consisting of just myself. I’ve written an initial POC & put up an initial web site for the project. Check it out to learn more & drop me a note if you’d like to join me in solving this problem once & for all.

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My decision on the winners of the 12 Rubinstein master pianist competition

and here is my decision on the winners of the 12 Rubinstein master pianist competition:

Young Denis Zhdanov had a few minutes of great playing the pictures in an exhibition.

Roman Rabinovitch played uniquely.

Innessa Synkevitch charmed me completely with her fast energetic playing.

David Fung has a great spirit, & perfect playing. Great pianist.

Irena Zacharenkova should have won for the encore she played – only then she really enjoyed what she was doing & was herself. Besides that she knew to create magic in her extremely accurate climaxes of Mozart concerto #23.

Sasha Grinyuk played the most amazing Heydn sonata I ever heard. Too bad he didn’t get further.

Ching-Yun Hu is an amazing pianist. I liked her playing a lot. Just perfect beautiful playing. Oh & her name Ching Yun – wow! (quiet contemplation I think).

Khatia Buniatishvili is the most amazing. This girl knows to control her hands, and express her personality. She can play Debussy with her hands hovering over the keyboard. She can conduct the orchestra with one hand in Mozart concerti. She’s full of inner beauty that spills out in her playing. Too bad she didn’t get the 1st prize, even if the others are excellent players as well.

The computing industry leader announced the killer phone

Watch yesterday’s announcement of the iPhone (image), if you still haven’t.

It doesn’t matter whether it’ll succeed or not, what matters is that it raises the bar & sets the path to all other stupid devices out there. I’m always amazed how they have a vision of where things are going, & they sit quietly & just deliver the best realization of this vision that then shows the path for the industry to follow.