Netflix and Google Books Are Blurring the Line Between Past and Present


By Paul Ford – We are now living in a history glut; the Internet has muddled the line between past and present.

Perhaps the biggest result of the history glut is that managing all that history becomes the crucial act, both commercially and intellectually.

Wikipedia is cataloging history, but to do so it needs to keep up an epic accounting of its own history—the billion-plus edits, each a record of human activity, that have built the encyclopedia over the years.

Companies like Spotify and Netflix are mining the past as they host it, looking at their own enormous usage logs and analyzing that data to draw connections between types of people and types of music. more> http://tinyurl.com/na5y2q9

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