18.120 Ted Nelson's new approach

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 07:24:37 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 120.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 06:58:53 +0100
         From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles_at_rmit.edu.au>
         Subject: Re: 18.111 a new approach?

On 04/08/2004, at 5:54 PM, Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard
McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>) wrote:

>The key is a different representation of data: instead of storing data in
>cells, lists or any other containers holding the data, the Pile System
>represents data as distributed relations. Data exist only virtual,
>generated dynamically on demand, not stored and retrieved. Think of a
>computer game that also does not store movie frames like a DVD, yet
>generates n different movie variations from very little "data"... We apply
>a similar approach to data in general.

I'd also recommend having a peek at Ted Neslon's zigzag where I believe
there may be a working prototype. I saw Ted show this at Hypertext 2001 and
frankly didn't understand a lot of it (I have no comp. sci background at
all) but it was very much a different conception of computing and did not
store data in 'files'.


Adrian Miles
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