7 March, 2005 at 10:47 Leave a comment

Shadow: An Experience Capture System
(http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~jasonh/research/shadow/ has more info)

Here is a brief description –
”     ‘There is nowhere else to look for the future but in the past’
                                                          – James Burke, Connections
Think for a minute about how much we experience in our lifetimes.
How many people have you ever met and talked to? How many places have you ever visited? How many books and magazines and newspaper articles read? How many courses taken? Pictures seen? Songs heard? Events attended?
The sheer scale of what we experience causes us to encounter the same problem: remembering what really happened. Where did I put that file? What exactly did I say I would do? What was that article about? We already have some mechanisms for partially coping: we take notes; we take photographs; we put post-it notes all over the place. We capture this information because we believe it will be useful to ourselves or to others in the future. However, we face the same problem again. Where did I put my notes? Where did I put my pictures? Where is that post-it? Also, what happens if we do not explicitly create reminders for ourselves at the time, but discover later on in the future that we should have?
We propose to investigate the Shadow, an “experience capture system” that will enhance our capabilities to recall, find, explore, create, manage, and share information. The basic concept underlying the Shadow is to have a long-lived, roaming, personalized process follow a user wherever he goes and “know” everything he does. The motivation for this is based on a simple premise: events, experiences, and information from our past are useful in the present. Through multimedia capture, inference, and filtering, the Shadow will help augment personal and group experience, memory, and knowledge.”

Hmmm… interesting. Quite similar to our research but they are focussed on infrastructure. Lets have a look at their references –

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