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Life Stream

Some cs guy at stanford thought it would be best to manage our information through magnetic life long threads, where the details of our life get attached to any related threads and you can surf back and forth on the thread to see the progress of your understanding (or your collection of information) related to a topic. Imagine a JOS forum thread that was started the first moment you are interested in a keyword, and have it stay with you throughout your life until you die. And bits and pieces of information would get attached to it (maybe manually at first, but eventually using agents and augmented reality management). He called it life stream. Or something. Do you think we can improve our management of personal information using new methods of information visualization like the life stream?

Li-fan Chen
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

A link to the project(s) implementing this idea:

http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/freeman/lifestreams.html

Li-fan Chen
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Reminds me of this in a way
http://research.microsoft.com/barc/mediapresence/MyLifeBits.aspx

Mike
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I think this is a worthwhile thread to bring up: searching is always quite the endeavor. We all seen Altavista and Google try to put a pretty face on the massive chaos of information produced by humankind. Microsoft's head has mentioned that they should spend serious quality time on this field now (and should have much earlier in the game), and I bet it's going to really heat up as each company try to differenciate themselves from each other, finding a proprietary angle that works for the consumer in great ways. I don't think we'll see anything fun or cool for a few versions of Windows/Mac OS, but it should be interesting to watch.

Li-fan Chen
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Search technology is going to be uber important in 5-10 years.  Storage sizes have been growing exponentialy while seek times on said storage have advanced from 10k rpm to 15k rpm for hard drives.  The rich man will be the one with the best search algorithms.

Mike
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Lifestreams mad a lot of noise in the 90s.  OF course MS has a response: just query by date in WinFS.

Ahh...vaporware.

fool for python
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

1. We repeat ourselves. I know I do. I've had the same revelation 3 or 4 times or perhaps dozens before I acted on it. It keeps life interesting, if every time I thought of something I was instantly reminded of every similar thought I've ever had life would get annoying real fast.

2. What importance or value is added in knowing WHEN we came up with an idea? I think it would be trivial at best, the idea is what's important, not date, location, or what you were doing when you thought of it.

3. How is this different from a Blog. You can update old entries and/or new entries to link to each other.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, April 29, 2004

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