Carla Schroder examines
of the semantic desktop. "The idea is to make the computer form the types of associations that we make every day. I'll wager everyone has an Auntie Em or Uncle Henry who bootstraps their memories in this fashion: "When did Cousin Ellen lose her mind and go to work for the Infernal Revenue, instead of keeping her honest accounting job? Well, that was back when Grandpa Jones broke his hand and couldn't play the mandolin anymore, and Fred and Ethel just had their third baby and had to sell the sports car, and that baby boy is all grown up now and just had his 23rd birthday, so it was back in September 1988 when Ellie went to work for the bad guys."
Nepomuk aims to make possible the same web of associations to our files and their contents that we make in our heads all the time. The possibilities are vast: what if Nepomuk could catalogue audio file lyrics, recognize song snippets, incorporate image-recognition, figure out who the musicians in a song or the actors in a movie are? It's not so far-fetched as Google and others are working on these technologies now.
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