More notes from The Search

February 24, 2006 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Some more notes and links from The Search, by John Battelle:

P.251 A few lines from “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov start the chapter.  Sounds like an interesting book: “All collected data had come to a final end.  Nothing was left to be collected.  But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated and put together in all possible relationships.  A timeless interval was spent doing that.  And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.”

P. 262 describes where to go next with search.  Google is also honing the personalized search: “Personalized Search orders your search results based on what you’ve searched for in the past. Early on, you may not notice a huge impact on your search results, but they will continue to improve over time as you use Google.”  A9.com is already doing some of this: recovery and discovery but incorporating the cliskstreams of others.  Google + Amazon’s recommendation system.  What’s Y!Q?

P. 295 Long Tail article by Chris Anderson in Wired

P. 295 Patriot act info from the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

This was a great book: the nostalgia the early web, and some insights into the web of the future.

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