February 12, 2003
And then Wearables got interesting

Lars visited me on the Cote d'Azur in the weekend (note to self; driving a (rented) convertible with the roof down on the highway == new hairdo on arrival ;-)

As always when we meet, we discuss a lot, and one of the topics of discussion this time around was that of wearable computers and personal data storage / processing power used for knowledge mining on-the-fly. Lars was going in the direction of being always connected to a large (possibly shared) storage/processing-server while yours truly was arguing in favour of carrying as much as possible with me - for both connectivity issues (I might want to do personal KM on the subway and on the airplane as well as where there is WiFi/GSM/UMTS-coverage) and privacy issues (the closer to me my data is, the more conrol I can assert and hence the more comfortable I will feel).

Steve Mann's article on Cyborglogging ("glogging") has been mentioned in many blogs recently, but I think that when this type of wearable technology comes around in a more end-user-friendly design/weight/price; it will be most powerful for personal or company-internal purposes; not so much public glogging.

Example; combining a wearable computer, image recognition software and a semi-AI personal knowledge management tool - imagine the number of people whose name you would remember (I am ashamed to say that I'm one of those guys that keep forgetting names of people I've just been introduced to). Taking it further, imagine you can carry around context-analyzeable transcripts of all the business conversations you've ever had? The amount if data is mind-numbing, and certainly 95% of it will not be important after a day or three, but with a wearable memory "prosthesis" complete with context-sensitive conversation-enhancer software; you can maybe one day in the future see little popups in the corner of your eye if a conversation you're part of triggers long-forgotten but machine-stored "memories"? Think TheBrain on steroids. Think wearable information architecture and intuitive user interfaces. Think AI "librarian agents" digging out that Powerpoint slide you made 6 months ago on just that topic that came up in the conference call you are on at the moment.

Bringing your data with you just got easier with a portable 2$/Gb(!) 500Gb harddrive.

If the size keeps shrinking, the procesing power multiplies a few times and the price is right; I think we will see knowledge workers adapring more wearable technology in the not completely near- yet not too distant future. Call me a dreamer...

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Yeah, and Imagine a patternrecognition implant that also harbours a scientific library. When you look at your math exam, the numbers would rearrange themselves and give you the answer. I would be really good at these kind of exams since I usually just stare at the equations...I'm a natural!

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