Category Archives: Trōv

The Wisdom of Gordon Bell: things “self identifying and tracked throughout their lives”

In 2012 I asked Gordon Bell if he thought Trōv was a good idea. “It’s inevitable” he told me, and then threw his weight behind it by joining the board of directors. No wonder: 6 years earlier he was leading a seminar in Australia called “The Enterprise of the Future:  When All Things Have a Digital Identity” that included the following in its description:

We imagine that all manufactured goods from automobiles… to sheetrock will be self identifying and tracked throughout their lives inside and outside their creating organization. People and organizations can have “perfect inventory” i.e. they know the whereabouts and state of all items and associated transactions at all times.

Gordon anticipated this trend as part of Bell’s Law of Computer Classes – a corollary to Moore’s Law that predicts the emergence of smaller, cheaper classes of computing over time. In the same seminar he explains the basis for his predictions:

Most information technologies are evolutionary, though they appear to be revolutionary because they have changed over a billion-fold since their inception.  Future capabilities can be accurately determined.

As the world catches up with Gordon’s vision, it is my job at Trōv to make incredible software that helps you benefit from every thing you own.

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Robert Scoble says he would make his Trōv public

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Trōv CEO Scott Walchek and I recently did an interview with Robert Scoble. It was lots of fun, but I enjoyed the post-interview discussion even more. We got into privacy or the lack thereof in the world, and Robert was leaning towards the “share everything, who cares?” point of view. I asked him “if we made a Trōv for you would you make it public?” – thinking that he would have to concede a desire for keeping what he owns private. But he answered with an emphatic “yes.”

As anyone who has heard me talk about life-logging knows, I am very private with my own lifebits (“I am a life-Logger not a life-Blogger”). So this attitude really blows my mind. But who knows? Maybe Robert is onto something. I think perhaps we should take him at his word and create his Trōv to find out.

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