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  • Shareumentarian 3:11 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Food safety, Grocer, Grocery store, Ice cream, life management, online groceries, Online shopping, Organic food, pop up lifestyle, recession, Self checkout, , virtual forest,   

    online groceries, life management, recession 

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    online groceries, life management, recession

    The recession is going to be a game changer for all of the technology that we have been saying will change our Life Patterns. The QSR world has been kicking grocery stores in the pants for a while but, as might be suspected, the first sign of family budget crunch spells doom for the small luxuries. Paying $300 for that driver you’ve wanted is a legitimate splurge to impress clients but spending $9.99 for the Brewtus Steak Burger at Applebees X 4 for the rest of the family just doesn’t add up to a good feeling. The world of online grocery shopping is fairly nascent but it’s growing, a simple search for “Online Groceries” returned about 82,200 results and simple search for “Online organic Groceries” returned 270 results so clearly there is room to grow. What will the next big food safety scare do to the anonymous, walk in and pick up a couple of tomatoes and a big juicy steak, mentality? Will grocery shoppers start demanding a clear trackable trail of exchange like a fed-ex shipment and if so, the web is where that trail is going to be created and with all of that safety information stored already wouldn’t the next logical step be an online shopping experience, maybe even a drive thru something like a Beer Barn or even McDonald’s, reduce customer wait and nasty erosion creating parking lots all in one fell swoop. Convenience is not the only area for opportunity either. Think of the kind of Lifestyle perspective one could have with a year long list of standard staples in your fridge, but more importantly, the real secrete splurges you make 10 or 12 times a year. Who knew that pickled pigs feet and stuffed roast tongue were a private indulgence, or maybe even a movie and a bucket of Cherry Garcia with the cutie that you’ve always seen at the bread counter but had no idea that she liked action licks and your favorite ice cream as well. Then of course you’ve got that Grandmother attendant at the self checkout lane and her Grocery Blog that tracks all the new trends in organic produce.  The zucchini she recommended last week was the tastiest ever, and it falls within the 100 mile diet as well. I get both a tax credit and a store credit for that don’t I. It’s a wide open world, that of online grocery shopping. Tell your local grocer before they get left behind, or better yet, start it for them and collect a percentage.

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  • Shareumentarian 8:52 pm on January 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , MusicBrainz, , , ,   

    Zemanta: Collaborative Thought Through Borrowed Relevance 

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    Does that make sense to you? It’s a question we ask those we communicate with all the time. Children ask it because parents are the most illogical people above three feet tall, your co-workers ask it because they don’t want to be the only ones carrying the ball, innovators ask it (or at least they should) because if laymen can’t make sense of their innovations then implementation becomes an issue. In light of all that, making sense of something is the primary job of language itself. In the face of Mass Collaboration, language is strained to do its most delicate job of describing nuance; in fact, it does its best just to keep up with broad generalities at such a massive scale as, say, all of the blogs in the Blogosphere.

    Enter the Semantic Web and the myriad of tools that have sprung up to help language do its job, in this case, Zemanta.  In their words:

    “We analyze your post through our proprietary natural language processing and semantic algorithms, and statistically compare its contextual framework to our preindexed database of content.

    We are using a combination of machine learning techniques and end-user input from our widget users, that enables us to train the engine and constantly improve the recommendations.”

    Zemanta distills meaning from language on the Web using multiple methodologies that can be grouped in two basic categories: HI (Human Intelligence) and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Their Natural Language Search and Semantic Algorithms digitally identify common terms and assign them to their appropriate groups such as Names, Places, Companies, Date, Actions, and Emotions. Zemanta has another source of collaborative input that is constantly updated and more flexible than pre-classified language terms or mathematical algorithms.

    Zemanta has, quite smartly, joined the world of user widgets and proliferated their Semantic integration technology around the web. From millions of bloggers using Zemanta’s Semantic technology to identify tags, images, and related links for their posts, Zemanta receives a truly Crowd Sourced bank of linked Web connections. There is an API for web developers to integrate into their site as well.

    “Zemanta fully supports the Linking Open Data initiative. It is the first API that returns disambiguated entities linked to dbPedia, Freebase, MusicBrainz, and Semantic Crunchbase. The data can be returned in the standard format of Semantic web – RDF. It is an ideal gateway from unstructured web to semantic web. This represents a major step ahead for efforts to connect the Web into a semantic web of objects.”

    Neemee takes this philosophy of defining and capturing only the relevant pieces of Web pages to the world of Social Bookmarking. Not only does Neemee rely on HI to build user thoughts, a single thought can be from multiple sources on the web so the “Linking Open Data initiative” becomes further integrated and folded back onto itself. Neemee’s Drag and Drop capture device allows Humans to piece together a complete thought from all of the many voices on the Web. Combined with Semantically Integrated web sites like Zemanta, Neemee becomes a powerful tool to combine HI with all of the sophisticated AI engines sifting and sorting the web.

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    • Andraz Tori 10:40 pm on January 8, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks for sharing this interesting perspective on our technology.

      We are definitely hoping others (Naamee included) will use our API to provide even better experience to their users. Some sites like Faviki and Kakuteru are already doing that. For example you could start with few paragraphs of text and get back images that can be starting points for your thoughts.

      Have fun!
      Andraz Tori, CTO at Zemanta

    • kebadydex 3:53 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink

      Lots of of folks write about this matter but you said really true words.

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