Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Microsoft’s Live Labs developed a new application called Seadragon which could change the way we view images and text on computer screens. SeaDragon creates semantic interconnections across the entire collective memory of images around the world and displays them at once on a computer screen for previewing, searching, and studying. Seadragon visualizes “the world is flat” idea on screens of our monitors.

Educational implication of this application could be a visual representation of a collective knowledge or individual knowledge on the screen. Just imagine whatever you ever learned or read is stored on a hard drive; each day information is enriched, tagged, and added to your individual knowledge bank. You can view and detect your progress, review your knowledge bank to refresh associative connections among bits of information accumulated in your brain. Schools could store entire students’ knowledge banks, and could compare, analyze, and study them.

SeaDragon brings us closer to possibility of a visual representation of Jung's collective unconscious or collective psyche.

Watch Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon and Photosynth demonstration at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Monterey, CA.

This application was suggested by Dean Collins --

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