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A smarter net?

Saturday, April 14, 2007 by Dave Winer.

On Twitter, earlier today I saw that Jason Calacanis was in Barcelona. Hmmm, I thought, I wonder what he's doing there.  Permalink to this paragraph

A few hours later, I see that Jeff Barr is in JFK waiting for a flight to Barcelona. Permalink to this paragraph

Okay, now I know something is up. So I ask Jeff, and he sends a pointer to a conference he's going to. I'm sure Jason is going there too. Permalink to this paragraph

Now I wonder, who else in my network will be there? Permalink to this paragraph

And of course I'd like to have been alerted of this coincidence two weeks ago, so I could have planned a trip myself. While the conference doesn't look that awesome (do they ever?) I've never been to Barcelona, and here's an excuse to party with people in my network in a new city. And a trip to Europe would be interesting right about now.  Permalink to this paragraph

Someday, probably not too far down the road, our nets will be smart enough to make these connections for us. All we need is a few hooks and a data interchange standard or two, or enough motivation to enter our data into a new app. Maybe there would be enough of a payoff. Permalink to this paragraph

Disclaimer: I invested in Confabb thinking they might solve this problem.  Permalink to this paragraph

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