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Defragging The Scary Place Called My Brain

Mar 12, 2008
Category Technology

My partner Ryan put up another post on the Foundry Group blog about our Implicit Web theme.  This is a theme that is particularly interesting and useful to me since I spend so much time in front of my computer trying to deal with and synthesize a never ending stream of data and information.

I want my computer to do more of the work for me.  I want the web to figure stuff out for me.  I want my computer to learn.  I want my friends’ behavior and interests to inform mine.  I want people I don’t know but am connected to through other people I trust to help me find things.  I want a pony.

A couple of years ago my path crossed with Eric Norlin.  Out of our interactions emerged a conference called Defrag.  The first version of Defrag happened last fall – as is typical of my schemes, I always have an evil plan.  In this case is was to get in the middle of a bunch of really smart people and hear what they think about the wide range of problems we addressed at Defrag (which was a proxy for the concept of the Implicit Web.)  Eric talked about this in his post today titled On Community-driven tech conferences.

My evil plan worked great and I learned a ton.  We’re doing Defrag 2008 in – surprise – 2008 (11/3 and 11/4 to be exact.)  I’m continuing to spend a lot of time looking at, thinking about, and investing in the Implicit Web between now and then.  And reading as much Alex Iskold as he will write.