Pavels Jelisejevs

Riga, Latvia

About Pavels

Bio

Web developer, founder of http://6feeds.com

Areas of Expertise

Web developement, software, IT

Comments & conversations

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Pavels Jelisejevs
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think about personalized content services?
With experience, it's getting harder to find interesting content about web development on the web, so I filled my reading time with stories on related topics. The algorithm just followed the new trend. Certainly, if my algorithm highlights some story, it will draw my attention to it, but I'm not sure if it can change my interests in the long run.
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Pavels Jelisejevs
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think about personalized content services?
You've mentioned the problem of connecting seemingly unrelated information. That's another problem filters can help us solve. For example, if I'm interested in cooking, would I read an article about physics? Doubt it. That's a long shot. But, say, a smart content recommendation service introduces me to molecular gastronomy first, that later may lead me to general physics. That sound more likely. A clever content recommendation service would need to think a step ahead of the consumer and guide him to new content. It's ineffective to just offer random out-of-the box content. Instead, we should offer content "on the border" of the box, so the consumer can choose his next step on his own. That's a problem I'm working on for 6feeds right now.
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Pavels Jelisejevs
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think about personalized content services?
On the other hand, I've noticed one curious thing. I'm a web developer. It's my job and one of my hobbies. So, when asked, "what are you interested in?", I, usually, reply: coding, development, internet etc. Yet, when I looked at my own reading statistics, I've noticed, that for some time I've been mostly reading about business, management, marketing and other corporate stuff. Only then I've noticed, how my reading interests have shifted. In a way, I've been constraining myself in the box, and my algorithm knew more about my real interests, than I did.
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Pavels Jelisejevs
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think about personalized content services?
I think Pariser is missing one think: such services don't always control what you learn, they are following your behavior. You are still in charge of what you read, you just have to keep doing what you were doing before, and they will assist you. And you still have the ability to turn your interests to something new, and they will catch up with that. Information being manipulated for someones gain is hardly something new and is not unique to such services. Every media has reasons to promote certain content and ways to do it. I'm afraid, that's not a problem filters can solve, but also not something they cause.
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Pavels Jelisejevs
Posted about 3 years ago
Does life really get better?
I don't think it gets better. But I say that not in a sad depressing kind of way. We fulfill our desires for something and we immediately crave something else. The problem is that everything we can measure like security, wealth or intelligence doesn't really correlate with the term "better" and doesn't make us happier. People don't get happier over time, life doesn't get simpler, it just becomes different.