LifeVenture.me LifeVenture.me

Preserving the World's Wisdom.

LifeVenture.me helps users to recall, record, relive, and relay to others the wisdom acquired through their life experiences.
Google has done a great job organizing the world's information and making it findable.
LifeVenture.me will make the wisdom of the world's citizens searchable and actionable.

LifeVenture.me vs. Genealogy

Genealogy focuses on understanding dead people. We focus on capturing the wisdom of the living, particularly elderly adults. The wisdom they've accumulated through the years is lost when they die.

Every person has wisdom to share. We act as publisher of a new type of social entertainment media: storytelling on a global scale.

iPad App

Apple App Store..

The iPad app is now available, for free, in the Apple App Store. Download it now.

You can also watch the iPad app in action in this video:

Contact LifeVenture.me

LifeVenture.me can be reached as follows:

LifeVenture.me
c/o NIHPO, Inc.
15625 NW 15 Ave.
Miami, FL 33169

Feel free to call Jose C. Lacal, Founder and CTO, at +1 (561) 777-2577.

Or via email at Jose {dot} Lacal (@) NIHPO {dot} com

LifeVenture.me

This concept / technology is for sale. 


Sections:

+Summary
+ Concept Description
+ Market Opportunity
+ Available Assets
+ Server (AdServer; search interface; etc.)


Keywords:
+ Human Knowledge Management
+ Knowledge Transfer
+ Human Wisdom
+ Knowledge capture from employees
+ Genealogy
+ Memoirs



Load all files, letters, proposals (LDS, Wolfram, etc.)
Include extensive screenshots, explain app, and concept behind each screen / functionality. 

Sample of website: data gathering..

Proposed business model, revenue streams.

Sample of hundreds of pages of hand-written notes. 

Provide contact info. 

Add Google tracking code. 


Publish. Have Google index page. 


Potential business models:
+ Front-end to web-based data hosting (GoDaddy, BackBlaze)
+ Human Knowledge Management
+ 


Opportunities I pursued:
+ LDS / Mormon Church
+ Wolfram

Clarify: I was probably wrong in my approach. These are great organizations both.





Human Knowledge Management
http://www.bcs.org/upload/ppt/280606cm.ppt
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/649e/ec3f0a9c72048f962976f99d1dcc6a8eb055.pdf
https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/9780262015080_sch_0001.pdf

Strategies for Managing the Wave of Retiring Workers
http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/30078/managing-retiring-workers

Succession Planning: Let Your Experts Retire — Not Their Expertise
https://www.panopto.com/blog/let-your-experts-retire-not-their-expertise/

https://www.td.org/insights/6-steps-to-take-before-key-employees-retire

https://hbr.org/2014/12/whats-lost-when-experts-retire



LifeVenture.me - Notes for Website
[Sat 12/16/2017]


= = /files/ = =

LifeVenture_LTC.pdf

Mark_Huang_LifeVenture.pdf

Computable Human Wisdom
Wolfram_Wisdom_07.pdf

LinkShare_Publisher_NIHPO.pdf
NIHPO_AdServer_06.pdf


LifeVenture_Business_Plan_10.pdf




NOT sure how much have things changed since I last looked at issues listed below.






Louis Nafziger 
Was the main developer of iPad app and a great contributor. Will receive 50% of revenue.





LifeVenture.me is a mobile application designed to help users to recall, record, relive, and relay to others the wisdom acquired through the user's life experiences.
Google has done a great job organizing the world's information and making it findable. We want to make the wisdom of the world's citizens searchable, actionable.
In tribute to Isaac Asimov's "Encyclopaedia Galactica." 

Capturing the World's Wisdom.
* Genealogy focuses on understanding dead people. We focus on capturing the wisdom of the living, particularly elderly adults. The wisdom they've accumulated through the years is lost when they die.
* Employees

A search engine for Human Wisdom.





= = = = = = =

Memoir-writing app for tablets.

Alzheimer's
Glenner Memory Centers
[Flyer_base_103]

iPad app that collects the life story of an individual (we call them "Narrators"). The app has built-in intelligence that guides the user (an adult children, a nursing home assistant, a grandchild) through the process of capturing and recording a Narrator's life story.


The iPad app is available for licensing by ACLFs, senior centers, nursing homes, Alzheimer's centers, etc. 

[LifeVenture_LTC]







= = == LDS / FamilySearch

Attached please find a White Paper I put together for your consideration. The document includes a series of concrete, actionable proposals FS may be interested in implementing to enhance FS' relevance. 



= = = = =




= = Evidence of Trade Shows Attendance = =


Birmingham 2012


RootsTech 2013
[INTERNET Order Form RootsTech 2013.pdf]








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05/10/12

Hello, Charles:

It was great seeing you yesterday at NGS. As we discussed, attached please find the presentation I'm showing at NGS.

Since we last met in SLC I have made significant progress developing the iPad application:
* integrated mapping engine on-board, covering the world
* full worldwide taxonomy of 02.8 million locations, with Lat/Long
* using the mapping engine to drive a "genealogical graph" with unlimited capabilities
* gaming engine to provide rewards and encouragement
* rules engine to drive the enrollment / on-boarding questionnaire

I'm looking for opportunities to partner with Geni. For example, we could talk about:
* developing a Geni-branded version of the iPad app
* integrating some of the engines I've developed into your website
* using the taxonomies to enrich Geni's existing data

Please take a look at the attached documents and let me know if you'd like to schedule some time to talk. Regards.

http://LifeVenture.me




05/10/2012

Hello, Rick:

We last met at RootsTech 2012 in SLC, where I showed you LifeVenture.me This is an iPad app designed to facilitate the process of collecting and organizing a person's living history and their genealogical records.

Since then I have made significant progress developing the iPad application I showed you in SLC:
* integrated mapping engine on-board, covering the world
* full worldwide taxonomy of 02.8 million locations, with Lat/Long
* using the mapping engine to drive a "genealogical graph" with unlimited capabilities
* gaming engine to provide rewards and encouragement
* rules engine to drive the enrollment / on-boarding questionnaire

I'll greatly appreciate any suggestions, comments, or guidance you'd provide me to make the app more useful and user-friendly.

Please take a look at the attached documents and let me know if you'd like to schedule some time to talk.

Thanks.





05/18/2012

Gordon:

It was great seeing you at NGS last week.

Attached please find a White Paper I put together for your consideration. The document includes a series of concrete, actionable proposals FS may be interested in implementing to enhance FS' relevance. 





05/18/2012

Hello, Chris:

It was great talking to you at NGS last week.

In case you're interested I attach a summary of the capabilities of the iPad app I have developed. The app can be licensed on a private label basis.

And some of the core components of the app (such as the Rules Engine or the Mapping Engine) can also be licensed for use in your website. As you know, GoogleMaps can no longer be used for free by commercial entities.

You may want to consider using these components to improve your users' on-boarding process and to increase user retention. I suggest that the use of my social and historical taxonomies in your website can accelerate user's understanding of their genealogical history by providing user with more context (social, historical, even political) of the events affecting each of their ancestors' lives.

Let me know if you would like to discuss this any further. Regards. 






05/22/2017

Hi, Greg:

Thank you for your note. I appreciate your kind offer of assistance, I'll call you on it when I need it.

In terms of the iPad app, these are the licensing terms I have available:
a.) a US$20,000 one-time fee for a branded version of the Lifeventure.me iPad app. Written in Objective-C, with the mapping engine already built in. The one-time fee can be paid in several installments, based on an agreed-upon schedule of deliverables.
b.) There is a US$01 per downloaded app fee to cover on-going maintenance and updates.

I attach a document I prepared to summarize the options available to a firm like yours when considering building an iPad (or similar mobile) application. I start from the assumption that you realize you can't get a branded iPad app for free. Then the next question is: how much is your time worth? Do you (or your son) have a few months to teach yourself Objective-C? [Free advice: don't waste your time with HTML5, it will not work for a map-intensive app. Voice of experience here].

You can always find an outsource developer out there, or hire a development house to do it for you. Neither option will come in under US$05K, and the quality (and time to market) may be questionable. To that add the cost of your time preparing requirements and managing the developers.


The next question may be "why licensing Jose's app?" A few pointers:

* you'd be dealing with me, I know a few things about GIS, and I'm a bit technical

* the app is ready now, it has a mapping engine built-in, and I use SQLite3 a lot

* the app is written in native Objective-C, enabling me to have absolute control over every feature of the app (UI, functionality, databases, integrating C libraries, etc.) to fit your needs

* I'll work with you not only as a developer but also as a business ally to help you grow your business

* I'll zealously protect your data, IP and copyrights


Here's a simple market research test you may want to run: contact your top 20 customers (oil exploration firms, for example) and ask them if they'd like to license your maps as an iPad app.


That's at the mapping level. Looking at the rest of your product offerings I can see other areas where an iPad app could be useful to you:
* Publish your books as an ebook.
* Load all 2.6 Million Landowners into a single app, searchable by all fields (the place taxonomy I use in my app has 02.9 million records, in a single on-board SQLite3 file). Think about how many people are signed up for HistoryGeo.com's annual subscription plan. Could you bring more revenue with a single iPad app that contains all the records for say $05.99 each app?


Those are my thoughts, for your consideration. I have a lot more ideas, but do not want to overwhelm you at this stage. If not now we may be able to work together in the future. I'll keep you posted on my progress with the app in the coming months.

Regards. 

[Development_Options_01]




[05/22/2012]

Hi, Tammy:

Thank you for your kind words. The rules engine itself is written in a very portable language, and there are many simple ways to embed the engine into any website, regardless of the language (Java, Python, etc.) the web application is written in.

The rules themselves are written in a dialect of LISP, and compiled down to a binary format before being sent to the licensee.

By the way, in terms of storylines, I'm using a geographical metaphor to represent genealogy linkages back up to a potentially unlimited number of generations. Just thinking laterally here, for a change.

Do stay in touch, and best of luck with your endeavors. Regards.



[06/08/2017]

Gracias por su mensaje. Fue una gran sorpresa encontrarlo en el mismo vuelo de American.

Por si le interesa, le anexo informacion del proyecto que estoy desarrollando en mi tiempo libre.

Es una aplicacion para el iPad 2 que le permite capturar su historia, o la historia de sus padres / tios / abuelos. La aplicacion utiliza la camara y microfono del iPad para capturar audio, fotos y videos de la persona siendo entrevistada.

Mi objetivo con esta aplicacion es poder recolectar la sabiduria de los viejitos que se nos estan muriendo cada mes. Cada vez que se muere una persona mayor se pierden para siempre su experiencia, sus consejos, su sabiduria.

Mas adelante voy a lanzar un sitio de web (gratuito) para recopilar y diseminar todas las historias capturadas con mi aplicacion. Obviamente previa aprobacion de cada usuario.

La aplicacion va a ser gratuita, y espero lanzarla al mercado (via el Apple AppStore) en Septiembre. Cualquier comentario o sugerencia es bienvenida.

Tambien estoy buscando inversionistas locales, en caso que conozca alguien interesado en el tema de aplicaciones mobiles, genealogia, y tecnologias de web.

Saludos. 






[06/20/2012]

This is to let you know that my company will have a booth at the upcoming 2012 Conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Birmingham, Alabama from 29 August to 1 September 2012.
{http://www.fgs.org/2012conference/} 

[FGS_NewsRelease_03]





[06/22/2012]

Good morning, Gleb:

First of all, I'm a paid Backblaze user (jlacal@yahoo.com) and I'm happy with the service thus far. I have not tested the restore function yet, but I hope it will work when needed.

I have a question, and a proposal for your consideration.


a.) Question
I'm developing an iPad app for the genealogy market. Summary attached.
One of my clients is a website operator that will license my iPad app to collect the life stories of thousands of individuals in nursing homes and hospice facilities.

* Would Backblaze be interested in providing the hosting / backup for the life stories of thousands of individuals? My customer's website would store the files in your infrastructure, while my customer will use their existing website as the front end to the files.

* The business model that I'm thinking about is that my customer will pay Backblaze a flat monthly fee per account. If my customer ever decides to get out of the data hosting service then he'd notify his customers that their data is safely stored by Backblaze. And his customers will then have to continue paying the Backblaze fee.



b.) Opportunity to partner

In the process of developing the above iPad app I've discovered what many other iDevice users have: that there is a lot of valuable media (photos / videos / content) I've collected that needs to be properly stored and managed for the long term.

Forcing consumers to use a computer in the process (iDevice to computer to long-term storage) is a royal pain in the neck. On the other hand, many of us object to being iAssimilated where our iDevices store everything about our iLife in the iCloud.

Please take a quick look at the attached document: my iPad app helps to organize an individual's life in terms of People, Places, Photos, Notes, etc. Once organized, my iPad app can then upload all that content to a (non iCloud) server for storage and safe-keeping. My app is multi-user: a single iPad can store the life details of several family members.

* Would you entertain the idea of licensing my iPad app to distribute for free, with Backblaze as a paid add-on to safely backup the user's iDevice content? Go beyond Macs and PCs, target all the iDevices. I can get you there, now. I'll gladly consider a performance-based compensation plan where we both win.


Thank you for listening. Regards.


PS. I will be in the Bay Area from July 23 - August 03. If available I'd like to stop by and have a beer with you. Let me know. 


[LifeVenture_me_Capabilities_07]





Good morning:

First of all, I've been a GodDaddy customer for several years (main domain: lacal.net)

I have a question: I'm developing an iPad app for the genealogy market. Summary attached.

One of my clients is a website operator that will license my iPad app to collect the life stories of thousands of individuals in nursing homes and hospice facilities.

Would it be possible to use GoDaddy's infrastructure to provide the hosting / backup for the life stories of thousands of individuals? My customer's website would store the files in your infrastructure, while my customer will use his existing website as the front end to the files.

The business model that I'm thinking about is that my customer will pay GoDaddy a flat monthly fee per account. If my customer ever decides to get out of the data hosting service then he'd notify his customers that their data is safely stored by GoDaddy. And his customers will then have to continue paying the GoDaddy fee.

Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks. 





[08/11/2017]

Hi, guys:

Here's an idea I've been working on for a while: representing a person's life as a timeline. See attached.


Since each data item we collect is going to be be tagged (say, an Event took place on this [date] at this [country] [state] [location]) we can represent those events along a linear representation of the individual's life. From birth to the current date.

Technically this is doable with the built-in mapping engine already built into the app.


As a reference: this is the most beautiful, information-dense graph I've ever seen (from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Minard.png)

I found out about that graph through this great book:
http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_vdqi

Imagine using the iPad's tactile capabilities (zoom, pan) to make that graph come alive, where you touch an event / person's icon and the app takes you to that person's full details. And where each photo / video is shown on the timeline as well.

Something like this:
http://www.chronozoomproject.com







10/27/2012

[LifeVenture.me] Server specs: Java => Liferay => Vaadin.


Guys:

I've been thinking and playing a lot with several technologies to decide what seems to be the best option for us to develop and launch the server side of LifeVenture.me

My immediate goal is: what can get us to a public launch as soon as possible, as painlessly as possible? There are 100s of great features we all want to offer, but I want to force us to focus on the Minimum Viable Product: the minimum set of features (mobile and server) that we need to launch version 1.0 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_viable_product]


At this time I believe our best option is to code in Java, leveraging Liferay as a portal framework, and creating the UI elements using Vaadin. Here's my rationale.

Send me your thoughts. Thanks.




a.) Why Java?

I hate Java, and I love Python. Yet, the choice was painfully clear: we need to use Java. Several reasons:
* Technically it's a proven technology on the server side, widely supported and well-known.
* The number of Java-based tools and add-on technologies we can use is 10x the number of equivalent Python tools. Most of those tools and add-ons are available under Open Source licenses.
* For practical and legal reasons, Jose B and I will be best served by not using any Python-based tools for this project.
* The entire Android development platform is Java-based.
* It's good to learn a new technology.

Also, there are tons of job openings for people with Java experience, many times more than for Python developers. (This addresses the backup plan if we fail to make money with this project.)



b.) Why Liferay?
[http://www.liferay.com]

I looked at several Java-based platforms: JavaFX; Spring; etc.

The main deciding factor is that Liferay already provides an enormous amount of "core functionality" we need now (user authentication, social elements, RSS), and that we will need later as we grow the site (personal blogs, IM, email).
This is a good summary of the rationale for choosing Liferay [http://www.liferay.com/documentation/liferay-portal/6.1/user-guide/-/ai/lp-6-1-ugen01-what-is-liferay-ndash-0]

Full features:
[http://www.liferay.com/products/liferay-portal/features/portal]
[http://www.liferay.com/products/liferay-portal/features/cms]
[http://www.liferay.com/products/liferay-portal/features/collaboration]

Obviously, we do not have neither the resources ($, time) to build something similar from scratch. More importantly, our real value added is not on developing our own user-management system. Our value is in providing the higher-level data gathering, management, and distribution tools.

Also, Liferay developers seem to be in high demand: when I added "Liferay" to my [http://www.monster.com] resume I started receiving calls from headhunters the next morning. Even now I get emails asking me if I want to apply for a Liferay position. (This addresses the backup plan if we fail to make money with this project.)

Going with Python would take us down the Django / TurbeGears route, where we'd need to build a lot of the core functions ourselves.



c.) Why Vaadin?

We could develop our entire site on Liferay using plain Java / portlets. Or we can use a "UI toolkit" to accelerate that process. There are several options out there: IceFaces; PrimeFaces; RealFaces; Liferay's own proprietary UI.

I recommend we use Vaadin for several reasons:
* Enormous number of pre-defined widgets [http://demo.vaadin.com/sampler]
* Extremely well documented [https://vaadin.com/download/book-of-vaadin/current/pdf/book-of-vaadin.pdf]
* Great community (see below)
* Graphical UI designer [http://demo.vaadin.com/visualdesigner-nightly]
* Eclipse plug-in [https://vaadin.com/eclipse]
* Well-supported integration with Liferay. There is even a "Vaadin control panel for Liferay" plugin already available.
http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-control-panel-for-liferay
* Can deploy to mobile, and supports offline mode [https://vaadin.com/add-ons/touchkit] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RyLkTs9tIU]


Vaadin's community offers many great plugins to enhance Vaadin's functionality.
https://vaadin.com/directory

Some of the most interesting plugins are:

Vaadin IPC for Liferay
http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-ipc-for-liferay

>> This costs money but love the "timeline" widget, very useful to represent a person's entire life as a timeline.
http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSXCNL6Q1w0

>> This add-on provides the same "timeline" functionality for free:
http://vaadin.com/addon/event-timeline
http://event-timeline.appspot.com

http://vaadin.com/addon/wizards-for-vaadin

http://vaadin.com/addon/imageviewer

http://vaadin.com/addon/invient-charts
http://charts-invient.appspot.com/demo

http://vaadin.com/addon/appfoundation

http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-sqlcontainer
SQLContainer has been integrated into Vaadin 6.7 and this add-on will not receive any further updates.

http://vaadin.com/addon/pagedtable
http://jens.virtuallypreinstalled.com/PagedTable

http://vaadin.com/addon/easyuploads

http://vaadin.com/addon/stepper
http://risto.virtuallypreinstalled.com/stepper

http://vaadin.com/addon/openlayers-wrapper >> OpenLayers support inside Vaadin!!!

This costs money but looks very interesting to have a mobile-friendly site:
http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-touchkit
http://demo.vaadin.com/vornitologist/VAADIN/tutorial/touchkit-tutorial.html
..Despite the server-centric approach of Vaadin and TouchKit, there is a method to build parts of the user interface so that it can work offline. TouchKit creates a so-called HTML5 cache manifest to instruct browsers to cache resources stronger than usual. Using these resources, an application can start up without any connection to network. By default, if the connection is down, only a dialog stating the situation is displayed. This "off-line application" can easily be overridden with a custom offline mode written with plain GWT code.

>> I will try this to turn the "Initial Questionnaire" in the app into a Vaadin applet to run in Liferay.
http://vaadin.com/addon/wizards-for-vaadin
http://teemu.virtuallypreinstalled.com/wizards-for-vaadin

http://vaadin.com/addon/sessionguard

http://vaadin.com/addon/formbinder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iCZve48Kno

https://vaadin.com/addon/filteringtable

http://vaadin.com/addon/contexthelp

http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-ipc-for-liferay

http://vaadin.com/addon/lucenecontainer

http://vaadin.com/addon/youtubeplayer

http://vaadin.com/addon/webcamforvaadin
http://johannes.virtuallypreinstalled.com/WebCamForVaadin/

http://vaadin.com/addon/soundplayer

>> I love Cytoscape for network graphs.
http://vaadin.com/addon/cytographer

http://vaadin.com/addon/millercolumns
http://hene.virtuallypreinstalled.com/MillerColumns

http://vaadin.com/addon/oauth-buttons

http://vaadin.com/addon/cropfield
http://vaadin-cropfield.appspot.com

>> Pretty impressive:
http://vaadin.com/addon/vaadin-gantt-diagram
http://vaadin-gantt.bazon.ru/vaadin-gantt-demo/

http://vaadin.com/addon/tagcloud

>> This would be awesome to represent a person's genealogical tree:
http://vaadin.com/addon/competition-chart
http://mikael2.virtuallypreinstalled.com/competition-chart-demo


Download code [https://vaadin.com/releases]:
* Vaadin 6.8
* Liferay Update Package


On the Python side there are several "widget" libraries available that run on top of TurboGears, such as Tosca [http://tw2-demos.threebean.org].






[11/08/012]

Hello, Anette:

Thank you for your call yesterday evening. This is to follow up on our open items.

a.) In the spirit of putting everything on the table upfront, attached please find a detailed proposal for your consideration. Here I outline our collaboration in detail. These are the key points:
* I put down a US$10 license fee, just to have a token amount.
* The licensing agreement itself is very simple, 02 pages.
* All present and future IPRs belong to my company (as you can understand this is a key issue for me).

b.) My team and I will be able to have a Glenner-branded app ready for you to launch it publicly by mid January. I like your idea of hosting receptions at 02 of your centers to announce and demo the app to your members and users.

c.) Since we're not charging Glenner for the true value of the app we'd greatly appreciate your assistance with the following:
* Introductions to fellow memory care centers across the country (outside of your geographical area of service)
* Referrals to academic researchers that may be interested in using our app as part of their research into memory-related conditions.
* Your permission to use you as a referral when talking to investors and prospects.

d.) Once you are able to secure funding then we can talk about enhancing the app with additional features / capabilities from those currently available.


Please let me know if this meets your expectations. I am available all day today to go over any open issues to make sure you're happy with what I propose above.

My team and I are very excited about working with you on this project. Thanks. 




[11/18/2012]

FYI.

I plan to attend the RootsTech 2012 trade show in Salt Lake City next March. We'll have 02 booths in a very good spot, attached.

My goal is to have both the server and the app fully operational and ready to promote at the show.

I can't pay for your expenses to attend the show but you're quite welcome to join me at the booth. If I go by myself my productivity is very limited, and we'll miss a lot of opportunities to meet prospects / customers / investors. Thanks. 


[LifeVenture_RootTech2013]






[12/17/2012]

Mark:

I may have mentioned this already: I already signed a licensing contract with a group of Alzheimer's centers in San Diego, CA. They'll use the app to collect the stories of their patients.

Today I received a note and a copy of the centers' latest newsletter, where they announce the launch of the app. Attached.

This relationship will help us to significantly improve the app to best fit the needs of caregivers of those with Alzheimer's. With this credibility under our belt we can then approach the Alzheimer's Assoc. for a nationwide rollout.

I see enormous opportunities for the app (and the server) to benefit the millions of Americans with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues.

We can do quite well ourselves by helping others do well. Cheers. 





[12/21/2012]

As promised, attached please find a _draft_ version of the questionnaire I'm preparing to guide users in collecting their life story. 
[LifeVenture_Questionnaire_02]


I put together this format to help an individual to visualize his life across time. 
[LifeTimeline_02]
[LifeTimeline_03_es]





= = = = = Wolfram = = = = =


Happy New Year, Mr. Wolfram:

Would you be interested in building a platform to capture the human wisdom of over 06 billion individuals? Part of being human is to learn from our mistakes. And most of us become wiser as we age. Then we all die and that wisdom captured over the course of our lives is lost forever as nobody else will ever have the same life experiences we had. Every adult in the planet alive today has a story that deserves to be told, heard, captured, encoded, preserved, and made discoverable via search. That's my dream. This kind of “wisdom-based computing” can greatly enhance all Wolfram's offerings.

Natural laws (like gravity) are there to be discovered either this year or next or in 200 years: what we may call “Nature's Wisdom” will always be available for discovery. But the knowledge and wisdom of a single human being is unique (how many individuals attended Eton, Oxford, and then graduated from Caltech at 20?) and will never be available if that individual dies or loses her memory (Alzheimer's).

I'm already working on making human wisdom computable (attached). Just like Leibniz talked about "calculus ratiocinator" why couldn't we talk about “calculus sapientia” (“calculus of wisdom”)?

Would you consider investing in my company to extend my existing work and integrate it with the rest of the Wolfram stack of technology? My dreams are far bigger than my wallet. Implementing my vision will take many years and require the committed support of a long-term thinking organization. A private company like Wolfram Research would be an ideal partner to build what I call Wolfram|Wisdom.

From reading your blog I understand that you have been interested in how to take as much of the knowledge that’s been accumulated in our civilization as possible and make it computable; and on people and the trajectories of their lives. My work seems to align with your areas of interest.

Attached please find a summary of my concepts. Can we talk? I'm a night owl as well. Thank you.


PS: Here's a group of files you may find of interest about my work in this area. http://lacal.net/files/wolfram/Wolfram.zip


[Wolfram_Wisdom_07]



[06/10/14]

Hello, Alan:

Just a quick reminder of the enormous opportunity Wolfram has to capture, organize, and distribute human wisdom. And a few relevant pointers:

a.) With the 70th anniversary of D-Day a few days ago it should become clear the need to capture the wisdom of those veterans still alive, before their unique life experiences literally die off with them.

b.) Not sure if you follow international news but there is a neo-Nazi party in Greece that's raising in popularity:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/07/greece-golden-dawn-fascism-threat-to-democracy
Which is quite sad, given the destruction Nazis caused in Greece during WWII. Unfortunately, those still alive who suffered through Greece's occupation by the Nazis are dying as well, without telling their stories.

c.) Mr. Wolfram's latest blog post is quite interesting, specially the part about "..I’ve always been interested in trajectories of peoples’ lives,.."


Anyway, just staying in touch with you. I hope we can work together sometime in the future. Cheers. 







= = = Business Plan = = =

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[LifeVenture_Financials_06_Excel]
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= = Affiliate Marketing = =

Mark:

Say you upload your dad's history (audio, video, photos) to the website.

The server software will:
* take all the "tags" entered by your Dad ("sailing", "boats", "yachts")
* extract more tags from the audio / video files by turning speech to text
* then index all the tags

Then, when a Reader comes in to the site looking for content related to {"sailing", "boats", "yachts"}, the results will include content from your Dad's profile.


Here's where the AdServer I'm building kicks in:

Every page the Reader sees will include advertisements related to those tags. See attached (offers to subscribe to sailing-related magazines, as well as sailing-related books).

Now, if the Reader buys a book or subscribes to a magazine, we get 35% of the subscription fee, or 05% of the book's value.

Now, what are the odds that somebody searching for content on "sailing" would be interested in subscribing to a sailing-oriented magazine? Probably very high.


We need to sign affiliate marketing deals with several companies selling products and services that are appealing to both our Narrators and Readers.

Luckily there is a single aggregation point of affiliate marketers: http://www.linkshare.com

http://www.linkshare.com/campus/performance_marketing_resources/what_is_affiliate_marketing_video/

We're considered a "Publisher" in this model. 




= = = Server = = = 

[Server_search_LifeVenture_me]
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= = AdServer = =

http://corner.squareup.com/2012/02/socketrocket-websockets.html
http://code.google.com/p/unitt/wiki/UnittWebSocketClient

https://github.com/square/SocketRocket


http://pusher.com
The downside of _not_ building our own infrastructure is that we're then at the mercy of a third party.


On the server side:
http://code.google.com/p/cwebsocket/



Sample:
[Mark Huang's Life Venture]

iPad app, website devoted to capturing users’ life stories and genealogical information. iPad app distributed through nursing homes, Alzheimner’s centers, genealogy sites. iPad app receives highlypersonalized affiliate marketing ads, lead generation forms, and coupons from in-house AdServer.


Good morning, Russ:

I enjoyed meeting you last week in SF. Your class was very informative, I learned a lot.

As you recommended, I'm already communicating with Tiffany in your office about the logistics of setting my company up with the members of your network.


Russ, would you have an hour to talk about new opportunities in the Lead Generation space? What I'm doing with the iPad app, our Community Server, and our AdServer may be of interest to your clients.

My team and I are building an integrated platform to engage users across generations (elders, adult children, grandkids), across all platforms (desktop, mobile, web). We'll get to know our users at a very deep level, and then we will deliver highly-relevant ads (affiliate marketing and lead gen) to them.

So you know: I'm willing to offer your clients to get paid only on completed sales. Not per click. Not per form. This should be each advertiser's dream: lowest acquisition cost. No cost, no risk, would they work with me on this?

Is this something we could talk about and brainstorm to see where we can work together? Let me know.


We're a startup, true. That means we move very fast, and we can do things your clients may have asked you for but your internal IT folks can not do. Let's talk.


Here's some background on my company, FYI.

NIHPO has built an iPad app that collects the life story of an individual (we call them "Narrators"). The app has built-in intelligence that guides the user (an adult children, a nursing home assistant, a grandchild) through the process of capturing and recording a Narrator's life story.

Once a Narrator finishes telling her story, the app generates a PDF file with all the information cross-referenced and including a map of the places the Narrator lived in. Sample PDF attached.

Both the app as well as the final PDF include affiliate marketing ads and lead generation forms from LinkShare advertisers.

Those ads are hyper-personalized, based on the Narrator's own story. Say a Narrator talks about his experience during the Vietnam War, then our AdServer will push ads to the iPad for the TimeLife DVD series on Vietnam.


The free iPad app will be distributed through senior citizens, nursing homes, Alzheimer's centers, etc. We expect to reach both the older adults, as well as their adult children and even the grandkids using the app to interview their grandparents.

Our iPad app will drive significant engagement from all members of the family. And once the final PDF is created with the Narrator's life story, that PDF will be shared with and read by many more people. 








= = = = = Requirements = = = = =

Use WebSockets to implement AdServer.
* implement in C to receive messages in mobile, desktop clients
* push ads from server as binary data (*.jpg / *.png)

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6455

* AdServer: customized Appweb server module that provides a WebSockets server implementation for mobile and desktop clients.

* Running as loadable module on dedicated hardware if needed.

Optimized for serving ads, sending messages only.

Keep an open WS connection for each of potentially thousands of client devices! How to scale this?
How to deal with intermittent connectivity?


* Product Categories: define individual product categories, advertisers
* Service categories
* Narrator mappings: define which product / service category matches each Narrator
* Individual offers: regularly-updated table of individual offers from advertisers, mapped to e/a product / service category

Product categories: re-use all materials from CLIPS' rules.


Process:

a.) Define individual Product / Service categories. For example:

Demographics
  + age bracket
  + religion
  + gender

Activities / Interests:
  + all the sports / hobbies

Geography:
  + top-level country, provinces

Personal History:
  + Vietnam War
  + Spanish Civil War

b.) OFFLINE process of e/a Narrator's record to tag with appropriate categories.
Tag e/a individual Narrator entry with appropriate categories.
Repeat process every time categories are changed, and when Narrator's content changes (existing, new Narrator)

c.) Manage individual offers from advertisers (ie. TimeLife Vietnam War DVD collection).
Define: expiration date; graphics; target categories.
Also: define standard graphic sizes.

d.) Make website's template (Appweb + ESP) dynamically pull the appropriate graphic in place based on appropriate categories per page.
How? => CLIPS!

Keep above mappings separate from e/a Narrator's own data / files.

These mappings should be pre-compiled and run off RAM, for instant response.