Bill Joy on the future of search

I just finished watching The Charlie Rose Show from Wednesday, November 16. John Doerr, Bill Joy, and Jeff Taylor participated in a panel discussion at a TechNet summit at Google HQ.

Below is my attempt to transcribe the first question by Charlie Rose and the second part of Bill Joy’s response.

Charlie Rose: What’s going to transform the Internet the most in the next 10 years?

Bill Joy: We go out to this sea of information and in some sense we go fishing. Google is the best fishing rod. But in fact our lives are overwhelmed with information that’s coming at us and things that we have to deal with. It largely comes to us through the other major aspect to the Internet, which is e-mail, in a very disorganized way and we hunger for something that will make some sense out of that chaos that will look at all the things that are happening in the world and filter and order them in a way that is personalized to us. And that I think will be the next great revolution.

Rose: Personalization or?

Bill Joy: Something that takes not an index of the dead information on the Web, but the live information — the things as they’re occurring, as they’re relevant to us. So it’s real-time information, not just dead things, and it’s personal to us, not for everybody, so it’s got two aspects that make it different than what a search engine does, or the Web as we know it. And then presents it and sanitizes it and organizes it in a way that makes it sensible to our lives rather than getting all these e-mails that we have to deal with, it structures it in some way relevant to what’s going on.

Sounds like what Technorati, Feedster, and My Yahoo! are up to. Good to see the big technology players getting it as well.

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  1. Bob Wyman on wrote:

    Bill Joy said: “it’s real-time information, not just dead things, and it’s personal to us, not for everybody, so it’s got two aspects that make it different than what a search engine does”

    Ooops… It sounds like Bill Joy’s been reading PubSub’s business plan. That’s why we’re here! Real-time and personal…

    bob wyman