By Marshall Kirkpatrick on ReadWriteWeb, June 20 – How would you like to have a “cognitive prosthetic” that could “adapt to unexpected events” in situations of “intense information overload”…as a personal newsreader app online? That sounds pretty hot and it’s exactly what startup TrapIt was when it spun out of DARPA’s $200 million research project CALO (Cognitive Assistant That Learns and Organizes) more than a year ago.
TrapIt begins to open up its next-generation newsreader today (the first 500 people to visit this link can try it out for themselves) and I’ve been testing it this afternoon. My verdict so far? It’s attractive, the user experience is pretty good, it seems like its smarts could deliver some meaningful value with ongoing use – but like so many newsreading services trying to go mainstream, the quantity of news it delivers is just too small. Read full article