The History of self-expression

Train your own Personal Bot.  That's how we'll "express ourselves" in the future. Train your Bot to say things, let others know what interests you - what matters to you.  Trained Personal Bots can be shared, collaborated on with others - even made public.

Instigate Personal Bots pick up where blogging and on-line video leaves off, providing a new way for users to express themselves (and their ideas) in an interactive form - going beyond commenting.  

This is the journey of on-line self-expression. That's why we call our users "Instigators."

 

This journey looks something like this:

 

Late '80's-early 90's  

Multimedia

Authoring

tools

Marc Canter, Jamie Fenton (http://www.fentonia.com/bio/) and Mark Pierce's (https://shff.com/index.html) original company.  Creators of "VideoWorks." The company was later renamed to Macromedia.

Marc Canter, Jamie Fenton (http://www.fentonia.com/bio/) and Mark Pierce's (https://shff.com/index.html) original company.  Creators of "VideoWorks." The company was later renamed to Macromedia.

Macromedia was the world's leading multimedia tools company. Its core product - "Director" - was used in the creation of 85% of all multimedia CD-ROMs from '90-'95. Marketing presentation, scientific visualizations, interactive games, history lessons, info content or product simulations - could all be accomplished - with Director.

Macromedia was the world's leading multimedia tools company. Its core product - "Director" - was used in the creation of 85% of all multimedia CD-ROMs from '90-'95. Marketing presentation, scientific visualizations, interactive games, history lessons, info content or product simulations - could all be accomplished - with Director.

Late 90's -

early 00's  

Blogging

Dave Winer gets a lot of credit for Blogging - and an underlying technology for subscribing to blogs - called RSS.

Nobody had any idea how powerful Blogging would become when it first started. From Monica Lewinsky to Arab Spring, Twitter and Facebook - posting (as its now known) is the ultimate Long Tail self-publishing system.

Nobody had any idea how powerful Blogging would become when it first started. From Monica Lewinsky to Arab Spring, Twitter and Facebook - posting (as its now known) is the ultimate Long Tail self-publishing system.

Late 00's

YouTube

on-line video

YouTube brought ubiquitous on-line video to the world. This then led to Twitch, NetFlix and PewDiePie.  We all benefit from on-line video - give YouTube the props it deserves!

YouTube brought ubiquitous on-line video to the world. This then led to Twitch, NetFlix and PewDiePie.  We all benefit from on-line video - give YouTube the props it deserves!

Early 10's

Video Selfies

Video Selfies leverage the power of smartphone cameras - turning anyone into a Hollywood TV Show producer.   "Burp!"

Video Selfies leverage the power of smartphone cameras - turning anyone into a Hollywood TV Show producer.  

"Burp!"

 

Mid 10's

Personal Bots

Train your own Personal Bot. We think Personal Bots are where     Self Expression is headed.   You (the human) are the Puppeteer and the Bot (AI) is your Puppet.  Train your Bot, express yourself.

Train your own Personal Bot.

We think Personal Bots are where     Self Expression is headed.  

You (the human) are the Puppeteer and the Bot (AI) is your Puppet.  Train your Bot, express yourself.