A few months ago, a friend introduced me to Paper.li, which works “behind the scenes” to search the web to find content that is of interest to me. I was curious. Was this artificial intelligence (AI) at work and could I access this from my desktop or iPad?
According to Paper.li, they “use natural language processing, machine learning and social signals to analyse and extract the most relevant and engaging stories from social media and the web.”
And so, I began a new research project.
Paper.li has become my way to collect interesting articles about books and art using an approach which involves new technologies that I know very little about. Over the centuries, ways to harness knowledge has been an evolving. Now we have the challenge of “Big Data” a term that describes a large volume of data, structured and instructed, that inundates our day-to-day lives. What do we do with all that information!!?
Here is how it works:
Paper.li allows me to be the editor of a personal magazine, choosing subject matter that highlights my personal interests.
I recently set up a twitter link to highlight these articles. For example, yesterday’s “The OTR Book Club Daily” highlighted a Goodreads post, “The accidental Library: Why Elon Musk launched books to space that could last 14 billion years.” Today, the biography of Phillis Wheatley came to life, compliments of Biography. Yes, it is a daily paper that is produced without my assistance.
Whether I continue to add the twitter link depends upon whether the message is of interest to others. In the meantime, I am enjoying my mini-research project.
My Editor’s note on Paper.li:
There is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future. Gertrude Stein once said, “A masterpiece…may be unwelcome but it is never dull.” For me, books that challenge my “status quo” and test my firmly held beliefs may be uncomfortable, but they are anything but boring. The bond between writer and reader gives relevance to the exchange. My goal is to understand the message in the spirit in which it was given and to embrace the diversity of accepted wisdom. In the end, it is about connecting with others, whether they live in our century or 2500 years ago.