When I was eight years old, I had a very unusual dream in which I saw many lifetimes of my future. In this dream I saw a very clear picture of what the world would go through for perhaps a century or two into the future.…
Read More “The Keeper of the Book: My Childhood Dream of the Future”
The Arch Mission Foundation was officially launched on October 24, 2016
In this article, I propose an achievable project to seed the solar system and eventually the universe with digital copies of humanity’s most important knowledge — stored in digital archives that I call “Archs.”…
Read More “Let’s Put the Wikipedia in Space: The Arch Project”
I recently gave a Webinar with my co-founder, Dominiek ter Heide, of Bottlenose on our real-time big data analytics architecture for measuring trends in stream data. You can watch it
I have been thinking about Twitter for many years. One of the interesting trends that many of us who share an interest in social networks have been tracking is the decline in engagement on Twitter.
Indeed this decline is not only evident from Twitter’s own metrics and reporting, but also to anyone who has been an active user of Twitter since the early days of the service.
I’m very pleased to see
Bottlenose getting ranked at #13 in the Top 100 Startups in LA listing this year. We’re making progress!
my article in Semanticweb.com about the significance of 2014 in Semantic Web history.
Google is moving away from hand-made ontologies — they were never a fan of them. From the early days, Google’s philosophy has been biased towards big data over manually constructed knowledge.
Read More “2014: A Turning Point for the Semantic Web”
I am pleased to announce that I have been added to the Board for the Data Creativity Awards, by I-COM, The Global Forum for Marketing Data and Measurement. Details
Cards are fast becoming the
hot new design paradigm for mobile apps, but their importance goes far beyond mobile. Cards are modular, bite-sized content containers designed for easy consumption and interaction on small screens, but they are also a new metaphor for user-interaction that is spreading across all manner of other apps and content.… Read More “It’s Time for an Open Standard for Cards”
news that Apple bought social search engine, Topsy, for more than $200M has many scratching their heads. Why would Apple want social data, and why would they pay so much for it?
There has been a lot of speculation about the reasons for this acquisition — ranging from making Siri better, to making the App Store smarter, to acquiring big data expertise to develop insights on the Apple firehose.…
Read More “Did Apple Buy Topsy for Contextual Awareness?”
Twitter’s business model appears to have shifted from being a network to being a destination. The question I address here, is whether this shift in strategy is going to work, and what the implications are.
Twitter’s Declining User Engagement: Can it be Solved?
Read More “Is Twitter’s Business Model Going to Work?”
Read my article in Gigaom on the Quantified Self market and how it is developing.
There are too many choices available for consumers when it comes to devices and apps that track your steps or daily activities. What needs to happen is consolidation across the industry and a focus on storytelling, not just activity.
Check out my
article in Forbes on the future of Virtual Assistants. What’s after SIRI and IVR?
All of the interesting stuff happens when data collides. A voice-based interface to a single data set is a thing of the past.
Read More “The Future of Virtual Assistants”
my article in WIRED Insights about what the post-privacy world will be like. Here’s an excerpt:
Edward Snowden’s recent allegations regarding what most of us already suspected the NSA was doing, have ignited a huge controversy around privacy and the role of the State versus the individual.
Read More “The Post-Privacy World”
The pulse of the Net has gotten faster. It’s not a static Web of documents anymore, it’s a new real-time messaging medium we call the Stream.
The Stream is unlike any form of live media before it: It is a completely real-time, globally distributed, two-way conversation.…
Read More “The Present IS the Future: Real-Time Marketing In the Era of the Stream – Part One”
I’ve noticed a distinct change in how people use Twitter in the last year:
1. People are increasingly
not using Twitter for actual two-way conversations or interactions. Instead it’s being used more for one-way “fire and forget” posting. People just post into the aether, without knowing or even caring if anyone actually reads their posts.… Read More “Twitter is No Longer a Village”
This is a talk I’ve been giving on how we filter the Stream at Bottlenose.
You can view the slides below, or
click here to replay the webinar with my talk.
Note: I recommend the webinar if you have time, as I go into a lot more detail than is in the slides – in particular some thoughts about the Global Brain, mapping collective consciousness, and what the future of social media is really all about. …
Read More “Making Sense of Streams”
Bottlenose (disclosure: my startup) just launched the first attention engine this week.
But it appears that Bit.ly is launching one soon as well.
It’s going to get interesting to watch this category develop. Clearly there is new interest in building a good real-time picture of what’s happening, and what’s trending, and providing search, discovery, and insights around that.…
Read More “Bottlenose Beat Bit.ly to the First Attention Engine – But It’s Going to Get Interesting”
How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence
This article is part of a series of articles about the Bottlenose Public Beta launch.
Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter
How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence (you are here) A New Window Into the Collective Consciousness
Bottlenose offers a new window into what the world is paying attention to right now, globally and locally.…
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Recently, one of Twitter’s top search engineers tweeted that Twitter was
set to “change search forever.” This proclamation sparked a hearty round of speculation and excitement about what was coming down the pipe for Twitter search.
actual announcement featured the introduction of autocomplete and the ability to search within the subset of people on Twitter that you follow — both long-anticipated features.… Read More “Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter”
Today I had an interesting phone call with an alumnus of my alma mater,
Oberlin College. He called me for an informational interview, asking for some career advice. It was a good conversation. At one point, on a tangent, he asked me why I went to Oberlin?… Read More “How I Got Into College (by Doing the Opposite of What I Should Have Done). An Essay.”
This is Part III of a series of articles on the new era of the Stream, a new phase of the Web.
In Part I,
The Message is the Medium, I explored the shift in focus on the Web from documents to messages.… Read More “Keeping Up With the Stream — New Problems and Solutions”
This is Part II of a three-part series of articles on how the Stream is changing the Web.
In Part I of this series,
The Message is the Medium, I wrote about some of the shifts that are taking place as the center of online attention shifts from documents to messages.… Read More “Drowning in the Stream — New Challenges for a New Web”
A major shift has taken place on the Web. Web pages and Web search are no longer the center of online activity and attention. Instead, the new center of attention is messaging and streams. We have moved from the era of the Web to the era of the Stream.…
Read More “The Message is the Medium – Attention is Shifting from the Web to the Stream”
In the previous article in this series,
Is The Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges I wrote about some new evidence that appears to suggest that the universe may be like a computer, or least that it contains computer codes of a sort.… Read More “Consciousness is Not a Computation”
I haven’t posted in a while, but this is blog-worthy material. I’ve recently become familiar with the thinking of University of Maryland physicist,
James Gates Jr. Dr. Gates is working on a branch of physics called supersymmetry. In the process of his work he’s discovered the presence of what appear to resemble a form of computer code, called error correcting codes, embedded within, or resulting from, the equations of supersymmetry that describe fundamental particles.… Read More “Is the Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges.”
Today I’m happy to announce the launch of
StreamGlider, a new tablet app (initially on iPad) that provides the first live streaming dashboard for keeping up with your interests.
TechCrunch just broke the story.
The inspiration for StreamGlider was a product that launched in the early 1990’s called
Pointcast.… Read More “StreamGlider Launches Today!”
After my former project, Twine.com, was sold, I began to turn my attention to the Next Big Challenge: How to make sense of the growing real-time Web, or what many call, “the Stream.”
I could see the writing on the wall, and it was less than 140 characters: Social media’s own success was going to be its biggest challenge.…
Read More “The Problem with Stream 3.0”
Today, after almost two years of work in stealth, I am proud to announce the launch of
While I have co-founded and serve on the boards of several other ventures (
The Daily Dot, Live Matrix, StreamGlider, and others), Bottlenose is different from all my other projects in that I am also in a full-time day-to-day role as the CEO.… Read More “Bottlenose has Launched!”
Several years ago my friend
Gil Elbaz (CEO of Factual; forefather of Google AdWords) approached me with an ambitious vision – he wanted to create an open not-for-profit crawl of the Web to ensure that everyone would have equal access to a Web-scale search index to build on and experiment with.… Read More “Announcing Common Crawl”