Why Automatic Information Management is Doomed to Fail

There has been a growing movement in the computer industry as of late towards exploration of more database-like filesystem paradigms – the reason being that today’s filesystems are primitive, scattered, and cannot efficiently manage the immense amount of information that computer users have to work with on a regular basis every day. Many people are starting to arrive at the conclusion that today’s conventional computer filesystem has to be retired. Not perhaps from the system’s point of view, but from the user’s point of view. However, the best way in which to do this is still very much up in the air, and, in this editorial, Jared White of The Idea Basket comments on one implementation of this concept which he feels creates more problems than it solves.


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