I recently came across a km article called Avoiding Information Overload: Knowledge Management on the Internet…it talks about the many aspects of knowledge representation; search engines, ontologies, XML, RDF, metadata, extraction, semantics, etc.
Something I was curious about was its mention of “agents”…one day we won’t need browsers or search engines as your agent will search and retrieve on your behalf based on your “profile”.
The term “profile” could be similar to “attention” in a way…Alex Barnett often explains about the potential of a portable attention file where you can plugin to a service and cut to the chase (the service will seem to know your interests, and personalise to you).
The point I’m making is that this scenario so far is us plugging in our attention file into a service (possibly via OPML)…then when we use the service it will return personally relevant stuff based on our attention file.
What about even further where we ask an agent to stand in for us, give it some commands and it will fetch what we need based on our attention file.
I suppose this has nothing new to do with attention files, but maybe how they could be used by an agent…I think attention files could be very usable in the semantic web.
I find agents or bots similar to search feeds…but what you are doing is saying “go find stuff I like”.
At the moment we collect RSS feeds ourselves, maybe in the future a bot can go looking for RSS feeds it knows we will like based on our attention file (something Rojo does, but this is based on the data Rojo has about us…we need our own attention file made up from all the services we use. I bet if I then plugged this into Rojo, the feed recommendations would be much more tuned).
Further to that, maybe it could replace our RSS Readers…based on our attention file, our bot could trawl the net (not sure if you ask it where to visit) and return a list of daily readings…the more expansive our attention file becomes, the more the bot will seem to know your preferences.