Khris Loux, CEO of of JS-Kit Echo shone today at the Defrag 2009 Conference with his talk “Fragment: The Synaptic Web” which highlighted the connections between neurons in the brain and the web of the future.
Emphasizing that intelligence is flexibility and the synaptic web presupposes the connections between objects are more important than the objects themselves, he posed the question: if webpages are equivalent to neurons, how are connections changing to produce new experiences?
Result: an enormous increase in density. Whereas
webpages used to have content and links, a webpage itself is now hundreds/thousands of links and there are feeds to embedded applications. Email used to require our full attention. Today with streams we only give our partial attention.
Mr. Loux cited a great example: Microsoft’s Photosynth product collated hundreds of images by hundreds of authors and composited the 3D crowd sourced experience of the swearing-in of President Obama.
In other words, organic connections prune selections via use. This is the equivalent of synaptic firings creating patterns which create meaning. Mr. Loux concluded his session with three questions:
- If we presuppose a maturing synaptic web, if everything about you/that object is already there: how would this affect search?
- If your communications patterns are known, is there any need for a friend button?
- When everything about you is organically created, how would this affect transparency? (In other words: is there such a thing as a secret and does it matter?)
The Defrag 2009 Conference concludes today in Denver, Colorado.