Beyond Realtime Search: The Dawning Of Ambient Streams

This post about Ambient Streams is well worth reading. I agree with much of this, although my vision is a bit different, with much more focus on context, feedback loops, etc. I like and have been speaking about this general notion of being surrounded by this "ambient cloud" of not just digital information but also the "Internet of things" and the very real and physical world. As the article says:

“When trying to understand something potentially transformative, knowing what questions to ask is more than half the challenge. We are still in the early stages of these changes and don’t yet have the necessary metaphors to make the leap into the future. It is for that purpose that I want to suggest what I consider to be the building blocks of our next big evolutionary leap in how we use technology. The four main building blocks are:

  1. Realtime Web (Twitter, news flows, world events, and other information which relates to changes in the world)
  2. Published Information (sites, blogs, Wikipedia, etc.)
  3. Geolocation Data (your location and information layers related to it, including your past locations and that of your friends, as well as geo-tagged media)
  4. Social Communications (social graph updates, IMs, emails, text messages, and other forms of signal from your friends).

Before these building blocks can create an ambient stream which is not overwhelming, all of this data needs to pass through a filter. The Holy Grail is a filter which only serves up information which is relevant based on who you are, your social graph, what you or your friends are doing now, what you or friends have done before, and in context of other information you are consuming. It needs to be delivered wherever you are and on whatever device or display can deliver the ambient stream: mobile phone, laptop computer, TV, heads-up display in vehicle or inside your glasses. The future of how ambient streams might enter our world is illustrated with the following simplistic diagram:”

via www.techcrunch.com

I don't see the filter as the Holy Grail as per this article, and see it more as advanced degrees of decision support that help me make better, smarter, faster decisions and lead to more serendipitous discovery. Still, the article is well worth the read just so you can see what your take on this is.

–Wayne

Posted via web from Imported from http://waynehodgins.typepad.com

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