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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All, please add RSS feeds for everything

Now that I’ve got a Skype RSS bot in place, I need you all to publish RSS feeds for everything:

  • Movie screening times (TV, Cinemateque) of my favorite genres/directors
  • Status of my Son from the babysitter
  • Clothes coming out of the washing machine
  • Any piece of timely information, that may be interesting for me

The robot BTW is chinese, & it’s about time we start seeing great software from there: if you’re going to rule the world soon, what about the information technology world? Are you working on the Kuang Grade Mark Eleven already? Seriously, are the RSS feeds sent by the service subject to your government censorship?

Important Update: My sincere appologies: the chinese RSS robot (coming from: anothR.com) turned out to be just a piece of malware! It took me time to understand why some strange chinese links crepe inside my RSS feeds… & I naiivly started believing in cool technology coming from china 😦

The message however remains in tact: please publish feeds for everything !!!

Google Desktop saving lost information

Google is really fulfilling its mission of organizing the world’s information, including lost information. & it does this not only for the Web, but also user’s personal data.

I’ve been doing some version control branch merging, & probably due to lack of sleep, forgot to backup stuff & lost some 2 weeks of work. Rescue utilities, such as Freeundelete, weren’t able to rescue my source files. I turned to Google Desktop, which immediately presented its many cached versions of the source files, saved every couple of minutes, containing my latest changes. Cool!

I’m waiting for Apple to release the leaopard, too see their Time Machine feature, & how it helps in such cases. But for now, Google Desktop just provides this truly valuable service, of connecting users with important lost data!

Thanks a lot Google Desktop & your maker Google!!!

Update: Just noticed the “Browse Timelone” link, which provides a LifeStream timeline of your information activities & events. How cool!!!