Initial Insights into My Weekend Startup, Flashbacks.ai
Turning the fear to the innovation, thoughts on personal knowledge base.
The recent weekend was worthwhile. I made more progress on my weekend start-up, flashbacks.ai. It's time to share more.
I harbor a deep fear of dementia. Or perhaps, it's more accurate to say I'm anticipating it and preparing for it. I'm getting ready to remember less. I was gradually attempting to get used to taking notes, but it's proving difficult - it's unsteady, happening, or not happening now and then. I've tried different, aesthetically pleasing tools to assist me, but no luck. It boils down to a lack of discipline.
Those who know me well have probably noticed that when I'm eager to share something during moments of high spirits, I bounce from topic to topic. I'll discuss one thing, casually bring up another, and then completely switch gears, often never returning to the original case again. I'm frequently aware of that moments, but just as often, I'm obliviously not. I have the same pattern at work. It's why I've always been involved in multiple projects. I'm thrilled that now, with the help of my new assistants, I can juggle numerous projects at once.
Recently, I encountered the concept of vector representation of texts (Embeddings) and its application in searching for relevant information and working with AI. At first, it seemed too complicated, but once I grasped it, I was astounded by the power and convenience of the tool. It enables you to find relevant information based on the meaning rather than specific words. For instance, I now use this technology to automatically insert relevant links to my old articles into new ones in my current content projects.
Upon understanding how it functions, I decided to create my own, very personal knowledge base, convert it into vectors, and use it for daily tasks. A type of memory that remembers everything yet remains intimate, not shared. I want to be able to input anything into this system - my thoughts, ideas, observations, articles, news, documents, and even voice messages. The project would convert everything into vectors and organize it systematically. There are numerous uses; for instance, it could help me write tweets or even an entire book, as I've always dreamt. I won't divulge all the details just yet. We'll see how it goes.
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