July 13, 2003

The Gospel of Metadata

Dan Hon preaches the gospel of metadata as he looks forward and tries to figure out how he will find things on his terabyte-to-be hard disks of the future:

danhon.com articles: Inflection Point

I'm much lazier than he is. I have decided that my strategy will be to gradually expose everything on my hard disk to the world and rely on Google to make it easily searchable.

Posted by DeLong at July 13, 2003 06:38 PM | TrackBack

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Brad DeLong writes:
>I'm much lazier than he is. I have decided that my
>strategy will be to gradually expose everything on my
>hard disk to the world and rely on Google to make it
>easily searchable.

And I predict that one of your children, embarassed to death by some detail of their lives exposed to the web by your lazy strategy, will put your disk behind a firewall and buy you a Google search appliance for Father's Day.

Seriously; they do exist:

http://www.google.com/appliance/

Possibly a bit pricey at the moment, but wait N years where N is the 2^N is the price drop you're looking for.

Posted by: Jonathan King on July 13, 2003 08:40 PM

The Great Wheel theory predicts a return to an earlier method for organizing and recalling data. How about a virtual-reality world, where K-mart receipts are in the K-mart store, videos of your children are in the playground, audio-animatronic codgers remember odd facts, etc. Like the memory palaces of the middle ages, made virtual.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins on July 14, 2003 08:20 AM
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