I would like to propose and participate in the development of comprehensive automation in routine work. As banks have eBanking, eWorking seems good enough for a working title for automation in diverse activities that currently rely on digital versions of paperwork. The proposed alternative is for experts in different fields to record their information in a reusable machine-friendly format. Large volumes of specific information can then be stored in private and public repositories for digital devices to help analyse and assemble into pertinent combinations for different purposes and output. It is the structure of the information that allows Web technology to be used to automate diverse activities.
To initiate the scheme I offer a prototype “JSON machine”. It provides a common means to assemble the sets of information and to identify and link in devices needed to automate related tasks. JSON is specially punctuated plain text that can be automatically turned into computer code objects. The machine itself is made up of a set of such objects; a universal code module turns them into a machine-like display.
Machines are freely distributed with set up objects, sample monitors for viewing objects as different types of multimedia and code module device for creating new objects and keys. Keys help define different aspects to be worked on but also provide links to code module devices that change values by selection or computation, as well as devices that find, analyse, interact and return pertinent results. For example, hotel operators add keys relevant to bookings to objects assembled to manage their whole business. Individuals attach the same keys to objects assembled as an itinerary.
A device to analyse the key/values to those of participating hotels completes an open source alternative to proprietary websites that offer best hotel deals. The same concept can be applied to far more complex and diverse activities such as design and construction.
The objects “attract” information from diverse interested parties. They form a complex network of connections for a comprehensive rather than cherry-picked automated world. The scheme promises a stronger more open Internet as more of electorates become increasingly dependent on it to do their work. The first question to kick off the discourse I suppose is whether staff and volunteers consider that Mozilla has a duty to the general public to follow up on any credible beneficial proposal.