Today saw the final edition of Omnivark, my personal project to teach a computer to identify great writing. Each day, Omnivark would pick three pieces of new, nonfiction writing on the Web, plus a book. I’m proud of Omnivark’s quality during its six-month run. (Feel free to click a random day from the archive, and see what you think.)
So why stop now? Omnivark was something different and fun to do during the past months while I was also doing consulting. However, that period was an in-between time, from when I completed the Intelligent Cross-Sell integration at RichRelevance until my family’s move back to the Bay Area, which is happening in August. Soon after, I’ll be resuming my normal career—more on that in a future post.
Suffice to say, Omnivark was of a certain place and time, which are changing. I enjoyed creating it; I hope you enjoyed reading it. If you did, here are some suggestions for alternatives to keep your tank topped with great reads.
And finally, for those interested in how the technology worked:
- Why Omnivark? summarizes my motivations and the technology.
- Following the Elites discusses the challenge of who/what to follow to find great writing.
- Stylistic Signals explains how Omnivark determines the great in great writing.
- Omnivark’s Division of Labor explores the roles of human and computer during the Omnivark project.