Archive for September, 2005

Wired: We Are the Web

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

From August’s Wired magazine, here’s a forward-looking and enthusiastic view of the web and its significance. It’s a good read if you’re feeling discouraged and need to be reminded why the Internet is so cool, and why you just can’t leave its destiny to people who don’t love it the way you do!

“Weaving nerves out of glass and radio waves, our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention. The Machine provided a new way of thinking (perfect search, total recall) and a new mind for an old species. It was the Beginning.”

The web is a proto-intelligence, comparable to a brain, and you and I are witnesses to the beginning of it.

Wired: We Are the Web

Perpetual footnote: If you create an intelligence, you’re eventually going to have to set it free.

2005 Workshop on Open Source Web Information Retrieval

Monday, September 12th, 2005

There’s still a few days to get yourself over to the ‘2005 workshop on Open Source Web Information Retrieval’ in France (http://www.emse.fr/OSWIR05/).

According to the call for papers:

The World Wide Web has grown to be a primary source of information for millions
of people. Due to the size of the Web, search engines have become the major
access point for this information. However, “commercial” search engines use
hidden algorithms that put the integrity of their results in doubt, so there is
a need for some open source Web search engines.

For a main entry page on the overall conference, see http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/WI05/.