Archive for February, 2008

Digital Immortality

| February 19th, 2008

Gordon Bell explains MyLifeBits in this article. A good read for those who still don’t know about the MyLifeBits project.

Gordon Bell and the Sense Cam

MyLifeBits is a memory surrogate. It’s digital immortality. It’s a database or transaction processing system to capture everything in your life, every keystroke, every mouse click. Basically I’m capturing all the minutiae of life.

Now that you know about MyLifeBits, you may also want to explore LifeLogger, my MyLifeBits inspired project.

[Update] You might also be interested in Momenta.

Happy Birthday DARPA!

| February 8th, 2008

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary today. Who knew 50 years ago that contributions by this defense research agency would evolve into the present Internet. Hadn’t it been for their research you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog post today. Most of us know of DARPA because of the ARPANET or the DARPA Urban Challenge (ai geeks mostly). Its time we knew why and under what circumstances DARPA was created.

Read the original DOD DARPA directive

President Eisenhower established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) 50 years ago in response to the Soviet Union’s Sputnik launch, which surprised and embarrassed the United States as the Soviets became the first nation to successfully launch a satellite into space. DARPA’s 1958 charter charged the Agency to perform certain advanced research and development projects, with the primary mission of ensuring that the United States would never again be surprised by another nation’s technological advancement. The list of DARPA’s contributions includes the Saturn V rocket, the ARPANET (which laid foundations for the Internet).

On this very day 50 years ago, Feburary 7th 1958, the following short and concise document started it all: the original DOD directive.