Response to Fred Wilson’s “Lists” post.
Eoin McMillan

Top down is so 90’s! So it is already retro-fashionable? How interesting, explains a lot, though. A site map for the internets! Ruby on Rails and spiders are more natural, though, no? Nature doesn’t work in squares. They assume a world and try to map it, instead of trying to impose an artificial construct on top of it, top down, which then in actuality creates the order. A natural, decentralized non-heirarchical order arises simply out of flexible, plastic elements arrayed in a hub-node structure as evidenced over and over again and creates fractal patterns where the meta-design is reflected in miniature throughout.

I was interested for a while in Ajax XML with xslt as the path forward from a list based RSS world before mobile crushed everything and Aaron Swartz offed-himself (or was offed) as it seemed a direction he was exploring, perhaps to structure a meta-data search for an open source Jstor engine, maybe for a Mooc?

I gave up on it. Joined the sheep devs converting Java for droid.

But I have felt for a while that an AI search using visual meta-tag data describing elements in snap shots of video, text-based transcripts of video, and the mountains of big data meta-data amassed by FB et al inside of our pictures, time lines and stories could be sorted, displayed and searched in new, interesting ways different than we are currently accustomed to. Personally, I’d forget about uber, Google self driving cars and 3D printed coffee secretary robots and simply use the vision-related components of self-driving cars, with 3D spatial-reasoning for an outside-the-box search engine.

I’m sure those are billion dollar algos though, proprietary code with DARPA, the DoD and CIA involved with national security implications which some would kill to protect.

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