Ambient findability

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At the seashore, between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenship in the physical and digital worlds. — Hiroshi Ishii. MIT Media Lab

And words are messy little critters.

A Definition of Wayfinding Wayfinding is a fancy word for the series of things people know and do in order to get from one place to another, inside or outside. Wayfinding can be a snap or an onerous take, depending on the person, the environment, and the situation. You can think of wayfinding as a five step process. It starts with knowing where you are. It means knowing your destination, following the best route to your destination, being able to recognize your destination, and finding your way back to your starting point. — Directional Sense by Jan Carpman and Myron Grant. Evans & Co. (2006)

Today, much of this tacit knowledge, this ability yo “read” the natural environment has benn lost.

Users don’t read, they scan.

But it does remind us that when we enter the artificial noosphere, we bring our natural instintcs and our physical bodies with us.

…language and wayfinding have walked hand in hand from the beginning.

…collaborative hypertex […] meme…

“navigation is a limited metaphor for hypermedia and website use that potentially constrains our understanding of human-computer interaction”

An information retrieval system will tend not to be used whenever it is more painful and troublesome for a customer to have information than for him not to have it — Mooers Law.

Because Moore’s law doesn’t apply to the human brain. In fact, we haven’t upgraded our wetware much in the past 50,000 years.

Communication is first and foremost about cooperation.

Precission measures how well a system retrieves only the relevant documents. Recall measures how well a system retrieves all the relevant documents.

recall falls dramatically as the collection increases in size.

And yet behind every formula lurked a variable that resisted isolation. Today we call this infuriating variable “the user”

Like beauty, relevance exists in the eye of the beholder.

This fast food approach to information consuption…

You can take the person out of the Stone Age, but you can’t take the Stone Age out of the person.

She explains why we value gossip so highly, and then encourages us to design gossip into our systems.

Can we truly focus on reading and writing while walking and talking?

How do we bring the mountain to Mohammed?

In today’s world of stealth marketing and ambient advertising, we are without a doub, unbalanced.

“What is the Semantic Web good for?” […] “The Semantig Web is a machine for creating syllogisms”

The six/nineteen defrees phrase is deeply misleading because it suggests that things are easy to find in a small world. This could not be further from the truth! Not only is the desired person or document six/nineteen links aways, but so are all people or documents.

Basic definitions focus on written or printed information that is fixed in form.

We should proceed cautiously before placing our lives in the invisible hands of smart mobs.

…accessibility is “the single most important variable governing the use of information”. In the spirit of our tribal ancestors, we absorb most of our information passively and rely on who we know for much of what we know.

Rubbish is rubbish, no matter how speedily it is delivered.

…trying to allocate trust in a maze of memes where networks supplant hierarchies and fact fades into opinion.

When it comes to information, sometimes less is more

We choose not to choose. We rely on habit. We trust familiar brands. We coppy our colleagues.

Because our trust in authority has eroded, we most find our own solutions.

only 15% of web pages include links to opposing viewpoints.

Libraries and the Internet have analogous histories, but more important, they represent shared values.

We learn that now and then we must look away to see.

In this text, we’ve studied the Web through the prism of findability, and gained insight into the future of ubicomp, the evoluion of belief, and the enveloping nature of culture.