Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science — Appearances :: Mr CA Rule 110 has a few dates scheduled in the Bay Area. Stanford CS dept lecture will probably be more technical and less fawning.

About half the book is great, and beautiful. The Universal CA proof (though not really Wolfram’s) is super.
Still, ANKOS, is pound for pound, the biggest bargain going in your bookstore.

Here are the reviews.

library of congress
internet topic clearance
meta data for communication, self organization
managed chaos (dmoz of meta data)

Also if there are probably many people and companies out there working on digital identity projects, simple and real applications could really spark the adoption of such systems, and bloggers are probably a pretty good group of users to start with since they already feel the need for such systems to solve specific problems. [Paolo]

Perfect summation! Looking forward to something coming out of the discussion on Comments and Identity systems. Enough with the specifications, something should just be built.

rss classifieds
Rusty Coats: “Most of the RSS community is focused on content. That’s great; so was the early Web. But feeding classified ads to aggregators is the next obvious step, and will prove to be hugely profitable for newspapers — or whoever decides to do it first.”[Adam Curry]

“Shared Reviews servers can house moblogging reports on various resturants, movies, clubs, museums, art galleries and any meatspace location.”
[Joi Ito]

Here’s more apps, just waiting to happen.

evhead evan analyses the potential for centralized news aggregation services.

I’ll add, I think Yahoo has a huge opportunity to provide a very useful service in this space, make money, and increase the popularity and utility of RSS Aggregation

My Yahoo can develop a service the average person can understand. Users won’t have to download anything. They won’t need to understand how it works. “Read news from all over the web, keep track of your friends…”. That’s it. There’s a premium service built right in — if you want more than X feeds in My Yahoo, pay $$/year.

For the Weblog/Aggregation world, this could be a huge leg up. As users gradually come to understand the power of this way of the web, look for big spikes in downloads of desktop aggregators. Aggregators, by this point, offer way more features than the basic My Yahoo, and can use RSS and Web Services in a variety of creative ways.

My Yahoo should do this! It’s technically possible, and a very smart move for the company and the web.

Mind bending science Update

Loosely Coupled is always a thought provoking read.

Courting the unexpected
Innovations tend to come from unexpected directions, so any Web-based application that aims to encourage innovation has to leave itself open to the unpredictable … With software, the trick is to select methodologies, tools and platforms that support iterative, evolutionary design approaches.

Next, Phil mentions DIY portal capabilities for Oracle’s application server

This is where it’s going. Building a platform for the unexpected.

Marc’s Open Standards Architectures is conceptualizing how this will work for media and communication

Jon Udell calls it Recombinant growth

It looks less likely that a standard will be developed for choreography of Web Services. Will this direction be application driven, rather than standards driven?

SF is buzzing into its next transformation. The city I returned to one year ago was swinging bottom, now it seems energy is building again. The number of creative urban developments is astounding, considering the economic situation … due to the complexity of their implementation, these type of developments must lag behind the economic curve.