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Doing Freakishly Cool Things with Social Image Tagging

Well, I’d thought things would be less busy for me this week, but it seems that I have one more week of crunch time before life settles down. Such is life, I guess. Or such is my life, at any rate.

But while you sit and ponder how lovely it’ll be when I start really blogging again, you can pass the time by watching this video. All I can say is, “Wow… Wowy-wow-wow-wow.”

I’ve now subscribed to the TED talk videos. (Here’s the feed, which was surprisingly difficult to find.)

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  1. Steve Lawson Steve Lawson

    Ho. Lee. Crap. I was gasping and clapping right along with the audience.

    It took me a moment to remember why I found the name “Blaise Aguera y Arcas” familiar; he did groundbreaking and controversial research on Gutenberg’s printing method. I haven’t read it all yet, but this looks like a good write-up.

  2. Kathryn Greenhill Kathryn Greenhill

    Thanks. I’ve subbed too. Of course, I was rationalizing my feeds this week ..sigh…

    My only thought is “what about the time the photo was taken?”. The image of the round window in the cathedral, for example, would exist in unchanged in many photos taken at different time periods. It would then “sew” together images from different times indiscriminately. Unless…it checked the date metadata on an image and made another dimension (time) to allow for that – so you could look through “slices” of time on a Z axis??

  3. Iris Iris

    I was right there with you, Steve. We need to get HIM to keynote at the something… anything. I can see the CIL announcement now: “Replacing Lee R., please enjoy Blaise Aguera y Arcas talking about movable type and images.” Of course, then our registration fees would all triple.

    And Kathryn, that’s a really, really, good idea!

  4. Roger Hiles Roger Hiles

    Truly amazing demo. This goes to the heart of how data will be ordered and connected in the (pretty near) future– exactly the sort of presentation that should be made to audiences of librarians. We’ve got to keep moving up the information food chain as computers do more.

  5. Iris Iris

    I agree, Roger. Somehow we’ve got to a) convince ourselves we’re interested in this stuff, b) convince our conference organizers we’re interested in this stuff, and c) convince computer-types that we’re interested in this stuff. Cuz this stuff is COOL.

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