Perhaps, the WikiPedia project could consider incorporating Remembrance
Agents and Augmented Associated Memory technology because serendipity is
too important to be left to chance...
Remembrance Agents (RA) are a set of applications that watch over a
user's shoulder and suggest information relevant to the current
situation. While query-based memory aids help with direct recall,
remembrance agents are an Augmented Associative Memory (AAM). For
example, the word-processor version of the RA continuously updates a
list of documents relevant to what's being typed or read in an emacs
buffer. These suggested documents can be any text files that might be
relevant to what you are currently writing or reading. They might be old
emails related to the mail you are currently reading, or abstracts from
papers and newspaper articles that discuss the topic of your writing.
* The RA can also be used to create a "group mind" by sharing
databases of files. For example, the annotations and corrections
one student makes over the course of a term may be very valuable to
another student. The RA can index other people's notes, and
automatically bring up their notes and expertise whenever it is
most relevant to you. This can be especially useful for knowledge
transfer and on-the-job training for new workers.
* Whereas, Augmented Associated Memory is an extension to your brain.
It uses wireless sensors (GPS, temperature, etc) that are linked to
your Cognitive Radio to help you "remember" things that are closely
related to your current environment. The system can find
similarity based on the words currently being typed, discussed,
people currently present, current location, and other physical
We are experimenting with remembrance agents in word processors, web
browsers, and on wearable computers. The word-processor version works in
Emacs and XEmacs, and can be downloaded below.
Jack Park wrote:
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