Gordon Bell's Books, Videos, and Papers & Talks
(as Principal Researcher at Microsoft's San Francisco Research Lab since  August1995)

MyLifeBits Project www.MyLifeBits.com.  The MyLifeBits project aims to put all personal documents and media online. For the last few years, we have been capturing and storing my articles, books, correspondence (letters and email), CDs, memos, papers, photos, pictures, presentations, home movies, videotaped lectures, and voice recordings. We are building software to support MyLifeBits, beginning with a MyLifeBits Server that can support capture, storage, and management of personal media, including: TV with Web enhancement, radio, personal music collections, and home video. Such a project potentially includes everything from ensuring that this information will be readable in the future to security. There are many user interface issues that are highly dependent on the applications. One of the challenges is to build a facility and a rich applications to encourage people to take their personal memorabilia out of the shoebox and store them for all kinds of future usage. Background at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/mylifebits/ also Google "MyLifeBits". A talk given at BayCHI, on 11 February 2003 at PARC, Palo Alto (4.8 MByte PPT) and U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey on 6 February 2003. Vanguard presentation, 6 MB May 6 is the latest.  See also SIGIR 2004 in Sheffield, July 26.  Talk at the MIT Media Lab 060915. The MyLifeBits project with Jim Gemmell is described in an article by us in the March 2007 Scientific American. Alec Wilkinson described Gordon and the MyLifeBits effort in the 28 May 2007 issue of the New Yorker.

MyLifeBits: A lifetime personal store video presentation, beginning at 1:22.  Webcast by Austrian Telecom. See the PowerPoint presentation (approx. 10 MB) to Austria's European (Technology) Forum Alpbach, Thursday 26 August 2004 on the state of MyLifeBits and several research questions for "Memex" type systems that are being built in several organizations. ACM Multimedia 2004 Keynote presentation, October 12, 2004.  On November 6, 2004 the MyLifeBits project will be presented at the Accelerating Change 2004 Conference at Stanford using this 10 MByte PowerPoint deck.  SIGMOD Keynote 14 June,2005: MyLifeBits, A Transaction Processing Database for Everything Personal.  The talk included project history, demonstration screens, architecture, size and shape of the Bell database (200,000 items, 100 GBytes), and research challenges for the database community. MLB_Stanford_Talk Nov 11, 2005MyLifeBits Talk given in April 2008 at Australia’s Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, and Brisbane’s CSIRO Robotics Lab, and CSIRO eHealth Research Lab.

Technology Futures talk given at University of New South Wales, Australia in May 2005.  Presented Bell's Law of Computer Class formation; converging classes of Computer-cell phone-pda-camera; convergence of entertainment and personal computer; and the introduction of new world of scalable computers aka bricks  Bricks will replace mainframes, minis, and SANs.  With so much storage and networking, every real thing e.g. stock, livestock, manufactured item in process, in inventory or in use has a cyber image or cyber clone in cyberspace.
Futuropolis 2058 Keynote (When ops, bytes, pixels, and bandwidth is free) in Singapore on 22 October 2008. Two day conference sponsored by The Fulbright Academy and other organizations on the future.

Wireless Sensor Nets (WSNs) continues to be an important area of interest because of my belief that these represent a new computer class as an example of Bell's Law to extend cyberspace aka make computing ubiquitous. I hosted a seminar at the Macquarie University Institute for Innovation that included speakers from Alive Technology that makes medical sensing devices, G2 Microsystems that introduced a WiFi tagging system, and CSIRO's Herd Management research, and Dust Networks. Summary slides from my four talks given on 07 February 2006 at Macquarie include: an overview, applications, technology, and market issues.

Automatic Digital Diary enabled by location from GPS Cameras. Gemmell Southern Califonia trip sequence, Bondi-Coogee NSW Australia Walk and Sydney Harbor (Chowder Bay) sail sequences using MyLifeBits MapPoint Navigation, Trip Replay integration with Ricoh Pro G3 GPS Camera.  The MyLifeBits-MapPoint integration is described in Technical Report MSR-TR-2004-102.  The images demonstrate my first integration with Maps and Satellite images (using Google Earh) given the c2007 GPS enabled camera.


PowerPoint Conference Presentations as a Principal Researcher.

Netshow Videos and Videotapes


These books were encoded at Carnegie-Mellon University and hosted at their Universal Library http://www.ulib.org/ . With the exception of High Tech Ventures, the books are out of print and unavailable. 

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