Humans think all the time. And about 99% (this is pure speculation, but would be interesting to find out if this measurable) of our thoughts are lost. While some thoughts are worth losing sometimes some really cool and valuable ones get lost as well. I think we can do better. In a few years we might be having technology that can tap into our brains and extract our thoughts but until that we need an alternative. Why? Thoughts are the origin of most if not all human inventions. By crafting and combining thoughts we generate new ideas which lead to new innovations. With the internet we've gained instant access to millions of other people and their thoughts. A few of those thoughts are already captured. But they are scattered across the internet and most of them are probably not of high value. Imagine if we could bring high value thoughts together in one place and connect them in a way that let's us generate new ideas based on thoughts of the entire human race. Of course this is moon shot thinking. But I think worth considering. And that's what the long term goal of Shimatta is about.
One issue that I have with blogs, twitter or facebook is that it triggers a kind of anxiety in me. Every time when I want to post something I get a feeling of like "is this good enough?", "does this make any sense?", "what will other people think about it?". For me those mediums do not encourage me to write down my honest feelings and thoughts without putting a big amount of time in it.
I want to address this problem in Shimatta but I'm not yet completely sure how to do this. Of course one option is to allow private posts, but I'm thinking more about the public ones.
I think the initial message what Shimatta is and does and how the user will be triggered for writing his thoughts down will be essential to solve this problem. If the user thinks a post will be read by all his friends and hundreds of strangers it will be much harder to publish something instead when a user is thinking "let's write this down quickly for later usage" and not giving a shit if everything is fully understandable or has grammar mistakes and typos.
Another part is the community aspect. Writing down thoughts doesn't require a follower count, like count or read count. Because it doesn't improve the quality of a thought in itself. So the social "proof" pressure can be removed.
The last way that currently comes to my mind to encourage users to post more is to teach them. A strong habit building onboarding strategy is key here. All in all I think it's a problem worth solving and most importantly I think it's doable.
This is a test post form the OS X app.
This is an excerpt of a conversation with @sirupsen
Regarding merging commonplace book and daily blogging: I’m thinking it’ll come down to a good search feature. At the moment you just have one feed and tags are basically the only thing to categorize your posts/thoughts with. A search which finds posts not just based on matching keywords but also on recognizing relevance based on the content of a post might be quite helpful in that matter. That’s what mostly bothered me with Evernote and sometimes caused me not finding relevant notes again because I messed up or forgot the keywords.
I'm currently working on cleaning up the backend of Shimatta and rearranging some things for future updates regarding private posts. More soon.
Chapter 2 (The Future of the Human Machine) notes:
- cancer treatment will change in the next 10-40 years. Instead of chemotherapy we will use designer drugs developed with the help of genomics to melt cancer away.
- PGDx develops a sequencing machine that crunches your DNA into gigabytes of data, parses out where proteins mutating and makes sense of why your cancer is growing. It gives you more information about your cancer than any oncologist.
- sequencing the base pair in human DNA will be available for everyone in about 20 years. Current price tag is 1000$ per test. But not scalable for millions of people.
- genomics can lead to designer babies. You can tell which diseases you're predisposed to, how tall/heavy you will be, skilled in math, what sports you will be good at, hair/eye color, hair type, when you will lose your hair, etc.
- Craig Venter started Synthetic Genomics where they develop and grow human compatible organs on pigs. His second company Human Longevity Inc. aims to prevent aging.
- Six of seven billion people have a mobile phone (more than have access to toilets) --> can provide innovation for almost everyone through this channel
Just read the first chapter of The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. It describes how robots and automatization will probably steal human jobs. For example jobs like taxi driving (or even driving for Uber, think driverless Uber cabs), waitering in a restaurant, caring for the eldery and many more. Most of these jobs have a pretty high employment rate and are even under the top 10 of the most common jobs. What happens if all or most of those people lose their jobs? In the book Alec speaks about educating and reemerging them into a new job. But will there be enough jobs left? Of course with new industries new jobs are created. But won't those jobs require more specialized knowledge? And aren't more specialized jobs even rarer?
Here are some things that are in the pipeline for Shimatta:
- Private posts
- Auto linking @username (but only the ones that exist)
- Shimatta API (closed for now)
- OS X app for faster posting (that's why @rodrigo's feed is full with OS X and iOS development stuff)
- Referencing other notes
- Auto expanding content from external links (I'll probably create another service for this with a public API)
- Emoji support :+1:
Ok. #tags auto linking is now live. #tags within the post are only used for referencing and do not tag the post itself. This might lead to confusion in the future. Will definitely keep an eye on this in terms of usability.
One reason for this is that we don't want users to spam #tags at the end of a post. That's why we limited tag usage to three. Another reason is if I want this post to show up under
/daniel/tags/Shimatta I would have to explicitly add a #Shimatta tag. What if that word doesn't even appear in the content of the post? Having a separate tags field gets rid of artificially adding #tags and makes categorizing posts and the content itself a lot cleaner.
Just finished the second episode of Chef's Table. Great documentary so far. At the end of the episode Dan Barber draws the conclusion that the innovation of food doesn't happen alone with the views of a nutritionist, an agriculture economist or an ecologist. They happen on the plate where everything comes together.
This reminded me of the book Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson. One part of the book explains that the more people with different background knowledge get together to solve a problem, the more ideas and possible outcomes are generated as when you just try to solve it on your own.
What Dan tries to say is that those people need to start working together instead of going their separate ways. Because through the process of exchanging ideas can emerge something more beautiful than there currently is.