From: Paul D. Fernhout <pdfernhout@ku...> - 2011-05-03 19:19:50
The thinking behind Fluidinfo
Humans are diverse and unpredictable. We create, share, and organize
information in an infinite variety of ways. We've even built machines to
process it. Yet for all their capacity and speed, using computers to
work with information is often awkward and frustrating. We are allowed
very little of the spontaneity that characterizes normal human behavior.
Our needs must be anticipated in advance by programmers. Far too often
we can look, but not touch.
Why isn't it easier to work with information using a computer?
At Fluidinfo we believe the answer lies in information architecture.
A rigid underlying platform inhibits or prevents spontaneity. A new
information architecture can be the basis for a new class of
applications. It can provide freedom and flexibility to all
applications, and these advantages could be passed on to users.
We've spent the last several years designing and building Fluidinfo
to be just such an architecture.
Fluidinfo makes it possible for data to be social. It allows almost
unlimited information personalization by individual users and
applications, and also between them. This makes it simple to build a
wide variety of applications that benefit from cooperation, and which
are open to unanticipated future enhancements. Even more importantly,
Fluidinfo facilitates and encourages the growth of applications that
leave users in control of their own data.
The biggest challenge of the 21st century is the irony of technologies
of abundance in the hands of those thinking in terms of scarcity.
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