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Original Post: Are Weblogs an Incarnation of Lifestreams?
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During the last years, I've been a fond reader of David
Gelernter's work. Althought I believe his ideals came out a bit modified
after the Unabomber attack (he was one of the targets), he is a brilliant
scientist and a great thinker.
One of his ideas was the
Lifestreams concept, an information model where every event is stored in a
timeline, and explored according to its content's filtering, in a series
of simple primitives. He sustains that information, as the human brain
deals with it, is not classified on storage (when you "enter" data), but
on retrieval (when you remember stuff).
putted on an
article interviewing him, where he upholds some of his ideas, while
bragging a bit about Java for Sun. Reading it, it struck me that the very
concept of time-based information storage/publication/retrieval is just
what we do while blogging. Mr. Gellernter, I believe Weblogs may just
become the first widely-adopted incarnation of your so beloved LifeStreams.