Immersion: A behind-the-scenes look at a tool that maps your life based on every email you’ve ever sent

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Your email inbox almost always looks the same. The content may change, but it’s still a chronological list — a narrow, time-based organization of correspondence, deeply set in the present. But a team from the MIT Media lab has created a new way for you to see your email, as an intimate and elegant visualization of your life organized around people.

Tracing the to, from, cc, and timestamp information on every email you’ve ever sent, a new tool called Immersion crafts a complex web of our lives and relationships. The program represents contacts as circles, and the sizes of the circles vary according to how many emails you’ve exchanged with each person. It charts your interactions with friends, family and coworkers for as far back as you’ve had your email address, and it automatically groups your contacts into social circles based on who is included on a thread. You can…

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Immersion: A behind-the-scenes look at a tool that maps your life based on every email you’ve ever sent

TED Blog

Your email inbox almost always looks the same. The content may change, but it’s still a chronological list — a narrow, time-based organization of correspondence, deeply set in the present. But a team from the MIT Media lab has created a new way for you to see your email, as an intimate and elegant visualization of your life organized around people.

Tracing the to, from, cc, and timestamp information on every email you’ve ever sent, a new tool called Immersion crafts a complex web of our lives and relationships. The program represents contacts as circles, and the sizes of the circles vary according to how many emails you’ve exchanged with each person. It charts your interactions with friends, family and coworkers for as far back as you’ve had your email address, and it automatically groups your contacts into social circles based on who is included on a thread. You can…

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California’s Infrastructure

California is a good place to live and work now, but our future as a leader in many areas is uncertain at best. California’s infrastructure is slowing crumbling, and the lack of investment is troubling. Only about half of freeway maintenance needs (over the next 10 years) can be funded with the current amount of state and federal gas taxes. Local streets are in worse condition (see below). And public transportation (bus and rail) is worse yet given the historical diversions of transportation dollars to the general fund and the need to operate and maintain bus and rail service. So yes, California is still a great place to live and work, but the way things are today is not the way they will be in the future. That future should be our focus.

http://www.savecaliforniastreets.org/
http://www.catc.ca.gov/reports/2011Reports/2011_Needs_Assessment_updated.pdf.

– Kurt