Connecting the Dots

Sarah Lazarovic, CBC, Mar 18, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Entry-level discussion of recommender systems with some sample sites (such as Musicplasma.com, Music-map.com - neither of which really worked on my computer). The author sense the appeal of the systems, though, and correctly observes that adjectives (ie., metadata) are not needed in order to enable the system to work. "This novel, tech-enhanced way of discovering new CDs and movies seems no less accurate than our now slightly outmoded means of assessment: actual reviews." And interestingly, "Perhaps we’re heading in this direction because we haven’t got the time to read an article about a band we’ve never heard of."
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