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Hugo Pinto

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Hugo Pinto is the Technical Director at S-Tecno, a Portuguese Java Center
Are Weblogs an Incarnation of Lifestreams? Posted: Aug 4, 2003 10:52 PM
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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).

Recently, 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.

For some pretty wild reading on his work, don't miss The Second Coming.



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