Monday, October 25

Ray Ozzie on the future of computing

Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft as Chief Architect. In a farewell memo, dawn of a new day, he points to the future,
Instead, to cope with the inherent complexity of a world of devices, a world of websites, and a world of apps & personal data that is spread across myriad devices & websites, a simple conceptual model is taking shape that brings it all together. We’re moving toward a world of 1) cloud-based continuous services that connect us all and do our bidding, and 2) appliance-like connected devices enabling us to interact with those cloud-based services....

It’s the dawn of a new day – the sun having now arisen on a world of continuous services and connected devices.

What does this shift imply for search? We are already seeing growth in mobile search. People are searching more because they have the capability. And these searches tend to be more local in nature because people are more often looking for actionable information now.

One possibility is what Eric Schmidt described as autonomous search. In this model the retrieval system is proactive, responding to queries, but also actively notifying the user due to changes in the environment. The might describe such a system is an "intelligent information agent".

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