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mad-scientist and computer programmer looking for something more interesting than most people accept as their future
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    I turned Wikipedia into a brain. Wikipedia pages appear and disappear on the screen and communicate with you. You touch the words you want to say. The webpage puts new words on the screen to respond. Repeat to have a conversation.

    Its a new way to interact with text and dimensions, a 6 dimensional space where space and color are used interchangibly during your conversation.

    3 space dimensions: left/right, up/down, in/out.
    3 color dimensions: red, green, blue.

    It can form patterns of shapes and colors and ideas. It can be expanded to contain any part of a website where the colored words are now. You could connect it to a musical instrument through the computer and use the moving words to select between the settings on the instrument or play its notes. Its generally useful for using the mouse to control any complex system, especially a "multimedia playground" or a search-engine or as a democracy system for large-scale communication between any number of people. Theres lots of things you could build with it, but right now its just a brain that uses Wikipedia pages (and links between them) as its brain cells to have conversations (seeing sentences as the order words appear, not where they appear).

    Its a HTML file so anyone can change it using a text editor if you know where to write Javascript code in it. Its open-source (GNU GPL 3) so you have legal permission to build things with it.

    Try it now at:http://MouseSearch3d.com

    Or get the HTML file and text files it automatically downloads (if you copy it all to a website) at:http://sourceforge.net/projects/natlangmouse

    I'll have a search box to start the process soon, but my main idea is new. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc make you look through a list of search results 1 at a time, but I think a search-engine should be more like a "multimedia playground" where things fly around the screen and change color and communicate with you in fun ways. That's how we should search and surf the internet. How can you surf if your words aren't liquid?

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    BenRayfield     Sat, Sep 11, 2010  Permanent link
    I don't want to change the subject from my Wikipedia brain to Google or businesses, but I want to point out a big effect that it appears MouseSearch3d has had...

    I emailed Google about MouseSearch3d a few months ago and got a negative response. A few days ago Google put up some 3d mouse-interactive graphics, probably to see how people would react to realtime interaction. See the picture below.



    Less than a few days after that, today they've put up, for the first time I've ever seen, "instant search" which is a more realtime way to search Google.

    I can't be sure, but I think that probably Google had been building "instant search" for a long time and was keeping it secret while they improved it so their competitors would not know about it, and probably Google saw http://MouseSearch3d.com  and decided it was time to use what they had been building: "instant search". It appears that by building http://MouseSearch3d.com  I pushed Google into putting up their "instant search" before they would have done it, before they wanted their competitors to see it.

    I'm not accusing them of anything. I'm just pointing out their reaction to what I did, when they were doing something a little similar to what I did.
    wordofcommand     Sun, Sep 12, 2010  Permanent link
    I have to agree the similarities are there, though a bit different to your http://MouseSearch3d.com  that - for me at least - is more intuitive and thought provoking than the 'improved' Google, which seems like a bit sloppy. Maybe you're site was inspiration to the Google code, but I would like to see your MouseSearch3D expanded and played with, since yours seems to have more relevance to Net culture and science.
     
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