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* Didier PH Martin <email@example.com> [2005-08-10 08:41]:
> Hello Gerald,
> Any comments? Any thoughts?
> After some time swimming, another though came to my mind about the subject.
> The computer world evolved:
> a) It started with a central location of data and processes. (The
> mainframe era): something analogous to the train, the subway or
> the bus.
> b) We then saw the appearance of the desktop era: Something
> analogous to the car.
> c) When the web appeared we came back to a central location of
> processes and data.
> d) Now the world seems to evolve slowly toward distributed
> processing (some processes running on the server some on the
> client) and shared data: something analogous to an always
> connected car.
This ties in below. The desktop was an intial democratization of
data. Moving it out of a department in a firm, spreading it
around the firm. People are able to attack that information with
desktop databases, spreadsheets.
Then the web comes along and repeats the process for the
> Previous generation developers where confined to the boundaries of
> limited organizations. Now the web is a much bigger entity and the
> latter contains more diversified data. Developers can now access
> data packaged as XML documents or through a kind of function call
> (SOAP or REST with parameters).
> An interesting trend is also democratization of the data. People
> have now their take by providing some part of the data. They vote,
> they comment, they label things.
> Maybe the web is becoming what Teilhard De Chardin was calling the
> noosphere. For more practical minds we can say it is becoming
> distributed intelligence. Planet earth has now an evolving brain.
Interesting too is the evolution of the cells. As data becomes
distrubuted, I believe there are going to, er, ad hoc data bases
that are defined by the links between individuals. We're going
to start seeing technologies for searching in the small, running
a psychological profile on a candidate employee's blog, for
example, in respose to the resume, or searching by following the
links, rather than indexing.
All those intelligent agent fantasies can come true, now that
the web is organizing around individuals. A search algorithm
doesn't start with index, it breaks down the content of a feed
to determine which link to follow next. If there is an index, it
is one hosted by the feed. The shape of that index is the result
of a democratic process among the agents.
(Working on it.)
The irony is that Google created a structure that will
eventually make Google irrelevant. Blogs came about to increase
the Google ranking. Linking is used as a currency among
bloggers, since more links means for a higher rating.
Currently, their is a fuss in the blogosphere about "A-List"
bloggers. They're saying that the "A-List" bloggers ought to
introduce newer bloggers to their readership. The latest
class of bloggers are finding that the early adopters are
entrenched. This is preceeding a revolution where ranking and
relevence are determined by individuals, not algorithms.
Alan Gutierrez - firstname.lastname@example.org