Apr 9, 2012
Enabling associative connections on the 'net
Re a post on a g+ post by Tim O'Reilly:
As far as I have understood fluidinfo, it should not only allow complex searches, but mimicking associative connections between information sources on the web - or other information storage / computing systems - helping "to free data from the siloes of tree-like-information storage" as explained by +Ralf Westphal here in a post on another system: http://weblogs.asp.net/ralfw/archive/2006/06/20/Freeing-Data-From-the-Silos---A-Relationistic-Approach-to-Information-Processing.aspx.
Westphal there describes Pile, a recursive information storage / database system conceptualized by Erez Elul and funded / marketed by Peter Krieg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Krieg). It stores information as connection between elements which composed of connections of elements and so on.
Krieg was a documentary movie maker and afaik influenced by Pile writing about the computer as the 'paranoid machine'.
So take this as an example of of an associative post linking several concepts in a stream of thought.
N.B.: I happened to come across fluidinfo, when I checked out +Terry Jones as programmer working on Echo - an evolutionary ecological complex adaptive system simulation (see e.g. here: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/artl.19126.96.36.199).
Evolutionary simulation in computer systems hit upon the constraints of pre-defined system states, while real evolutionary processes are open in that they can build on any changes and re-combinations of information codified in 'the genes'.