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  • MyLifeBits Jim Gemmell February, 2005
  • Conclusion
    • We have entered an era of virtually unlimited storage, enabling the lifetime store
    • To make the store useful we need annotation, typed links, and database features
    • More capture, more correlation – less work by the user
  • Collaborators
    • Chief inspiration & guinea pig: Gordon Bell
    • Software development lead: Roger Lueder
    • MSR Collaborators: Lyndsay Williams, Ken Wood, Kentaro Toyama, Ron Logan, Steve Drucker, Curtis Wong, Mary Czerwinski, Brian Meyers
    • Interns: Josh Blumenstock, Evan Salomon, Aleks Aris
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  • Outline
    • What is MyLifeBits
    • History/Motivation
    • MyLifeBits system outline
    • Demo
    • Future work
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  • MyLifeBits is:
    • An experiment in lifetime storage
      • Digitizing Gordon Bell’s past
      • Capturing more of his future
    • A software system
      • Capture
      • Storage & retrieval
      • Organization & annotation
    • Minimum requirement: fulfill Vannevar Bush’s 1945 “Memex” vision
  • Memex As We May Think, Vannevar Bush, 1945
    • “ A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility”
    • Full-text search, text & audio annotations, and hyperlinks
  • I am data
  • The guinea pig
    • Has now scanned virtually all:
      • Books written (and read when possible)
      • Personal documents (correspondence including memos and email, bills, legal documents, papers written, …)
      • Photos
      • Posters, paintings, photo of things (artifacts, …medals, plaques)
      • Home movies and videos
      • CD collection
      • And, of course, all PC files
    • Now recording: phone, radio, TV (movies), web pages… conversations and meetings to come
    • Paperless throughout 2002. 12” scanned, 12’ discarded .
    • Only 44 GB, incl. 10 wma, 14 SQL!!! Video: o(100) + 500 mov
  • The 1 TB Life
    • 1TB gives you 65+ years of:
      • 100 email messages a day (5KB each)
      • 100 web pages day (50KB each)
      • 5 scanned pages a day (100KB each)
      • 1 book every 10 days (1 MB each)
      • 10 photos per day (400 KB JPEG each)
      • 8 hours per day of sound - e.g. telephone, voice annotations, and meeting recordings (8 Kb/s)
      • 1 new music CD every 10 days (45 min each at 128 Kb/s)
    • It will take you 5 years to fill up your 80 GB drive
    • Want video? Buy more cheap drives (1 TB/year lets you record 4 hours/day of 1.5 Mb/s video)
  • Trying to fill a terabyte in a year
    • Gordon’s lifetime collection < 30 GB (12 GB is music CDs)
    4 hours 1.6K hours 1.5 Mb/s video 26 hours 9.3K hours 256 kb/s video 51 hours 18.6K hours 128 kb/s audio 2.9K docs 1.0M docs 1 MB document 7.3K photos 2.7M photos Photo (400 KB JPEG) Per day Per TB Item
  • “ yet if the user inserted 5000 pages of material a day it would take him hundreds of years to fill the repository, so that he can be profligate and enter material freely” -Vannevar Bush, 1945
  • So you’ve got it – now what do you do with it?
    • Can you find anything?
    • Can you organize that many objects?
    • Once you find it will you know what it is?
    • Once you’ve found it once, could you find it again?
    • “ A record if it is to be useful … must be continuously extended, it must be stored, and above all it must be consulted”
    • “ The difficulty seems to be, not so much that we publish unduly … but rather that publication has been extended far beyond our present ability to make real use of the record”
    • - Vannevar Bush
  • MyLifeBits Software MyLifeBits store database Voice annotation tool Telephone capture tool TV capture tool TV EPG download tool Radio capture & EPG PocketPC transfer tool PocketRadio player Import files MyLifeBits Shell Browser tool Internet IM capture GPS import & Map display SenseCam Screen saver Text annotation tool MAPI interface Legacy email client Outlook interface files Legacy applications VIBE logging
  • Entities & Links Annotates Caller in Phone Call Photo of Event Transcludes
  • MyLifeBits Schema (simplified) Images Music Phone calls Resources Relation-ships Relation-ship types Entity types Resource entities Event types Event log Events Tasks People Notes Email Messages Saved searches
  • DEMO
  • Future work: new capture modes/devices SenseCam Deja View Body Media Quindi
  • Future work: Visualizations
    • Don't give me a little card image and say, &quot;That's all you've got, because that's what I thought you should want for your virtual shoebox.&quot; There have got to be multiple modalities and the designers have to be able to deal with that. … don't metaphor me in, don't give me only one way of looking at things.
    • -Andy van Dam, Hypertext '87 Keynote Address
    Next Media U. Maryland IN-SPIRE Web Scout
  • Future work: UI
    • UI Improvements
    • User studies
  • Future work: Content analysis & Data Mining
    • Is MyLifeBits just enough rope to hang yourself with?
    • MyLifeBits must become MyPersonalAssistant
    • Content analysis and data mining
    • Doc similarity & “clean living”
    • Document meta-data extraction
    “ Creative thought and essentially repetitive thought are very different things. For the latter there are, and may be, powerful mechanical aids” – Vannevar Bush
  • Future work: scaling
    • Just starting to hit performance problems
    • Stress tests & design modifications
  • www.MyLifeBits.com http://research.microsoft.com/CARPE2004
  • BONUS SLIDES
  • Everything goes in a database
    • You need all the features of a database (Consistency, Indexing, Pivoting, Queries, Speed/scalability, Backup, replication)
    • If you don’t use one, you will find yourself creating one!
    • Files as blobs, also sync with file system for legacy apps
    SQL
  • CARPE ’04 The First ACM Workshop on Continuous Archival & Retrieval of Personal Experiences October 15 th 2004 Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Dear Appy, How committed are you? Signed, Lost and Forgotten Data
    • Dear Appy,
    • I'm having trouble with long-term commitment -- not on my end, heaven knows, but from the apps that created me and with whom I like to associate. Over time, these pesky apps evolve and they simply don't recognize the data that they once helped create! But, we data progeny -- and there are lots of us -- feel that as our creators, these apps should be responsible for eternal support.
    • But the little problem with recognition isn't the worst of it – sometimes the apps even disappear altogether. I ask you, is it expecting too much for 20-something year old data like me to be interpretable by my app (e.g. Acrobat, DB2, Draw, Eudora, Office, Quicken, or RealNetworks), or am I just associating with irresponsible apps?
    • If things continue on their current path, it seems I will be completely un-interpretable within 20 to 50 years! My apps will move to other platforms, or evolve to be more Internet- or Next-Big-Thing-centric...
    By Gordon Bell http://research.microsoft.com/~gbell
  • A Storocratic Oath
    • Do no harm to dates (File creation, Photo taken)
    • Do no harm to device created & other meta-data.
      • Camera data & location data are sacred.
    • Support & aid the creation of critical meta-data.
      • When/how the user feels like it
      • Auto-magically!
    • Maintain user confidentiality
  • Classification wish list
    • Download classifications rather than build them
    • Definitions & synonyms should help find what I want
    • Today it is too expensive to manually classify my scanned paper. E.g. “right time” meta-data is critical!
    • Next year I hope “the system” can classify papers and other documents e.g. bills
    • In 10 years I expect all documents to appear electronically & classified with a little help from me
  • Personal Search is not Professional or Web search
    • System sees every entry & access
    • Everything, not just a professional life
    • Limited to SIS, not an infinite amount, covers a profession & personal life
    Web as seen by search engines MyLifeBits Knowledge breadth e.g. Dewey classification Depth e.g. information item types & coverage Professional user