• InfraNodus – The Network Thinking App

    Introducing a new tool that makes you think in networks – InfraNodus from Nodus Labs. Great for research, keeping track of the things that interest you, and sharing your knowledge in a new and interconnected way.

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  • From Cognitive Interfaces to Transcendental Protocols

    Anything can be an interface, as long as it is in between and as everything is in between, everything is an interface. Interfaces create affordances or possibilities for action. They affect our perception and cognition. How can the interfaces with such transformative potential be designed? Moreover, if interface create a set of actions, what if we go beyond the notion of interfaces and think in terms of the protocols? Not the kind of protocols that say to do this and not to do that. The kind of protocols that transcend reality, that lie in the realm of practices, such as meditation, artistic practices, version-control systems, BitCoin, chaotic itinerancy, and other polysingular approaches.

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  • How to Quickly Add Nodes and Edges to Graphs

    The existing interfaces for graph manipulation all suffer from the same problem: it’s very difficult to quickly enter the nodes and edges. We propose a much faster system, based on the #hashtags to mark the concepts and @mentions to tag the contexts or different graphs.

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  • Textexture: The Non-Linear Reading Machine

    When we read a text, we normally follow it in quite a linear fashion: from left to right, from top to bottom. Even when we skim articles quickly online, the trajectory is still the same. However, this is not the most efficient method of reading: in the age of hypertext we tend to create our own narratives using the bits and pieces from different sources. This is an easy task with short Tweets or Facebook posts, but it becomes much more difficult when we’re dealing with newspaper articles, books, scientific papers. The amount of information we’re exposed to increases from day to day, so there’s a challenge of finding the new tools, which would enable us to deal with this overload.

    As a response to this challenge we at Nodus Labs developed a new free online software tool Textexture.Com, which visualizes any text as a network and enables the user to use this interactive visualization to read through the text in a non-linear fashion. Using the network one can see the most relevant topics inside the text organized as distinctively colored clusters of nodes, their relationship to one another, and the most influential words inside the text, responsible for topic shifts. This way the user can navigate right into the topic of the text that is the most relevant to them and use the bigger (more influential) nodes to shift into another subject.

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  • Cognitive Drive of Recommender Systems

    Recommender systems are the basic building blocks of most online businesses today. They influence the news we read, the posts we see, the things we buy, the music we listen to. Based on the dataset of what is known about us, recommender system finds something we might be interested in. Technically recommender system is a combination of learning algorithms, statistical tools, and recognition algorithms – the areas commonly ascribed to the study of artificial intelligence.
    We decided to study this emergent form of consciousness and conduct an attempt to communicate with a recommender system through the interview format. The results are presented in this report.

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