Is Grasp Theory "open source"
The software aspects of the project are currently not open source as it is still in major flux. The long term goal, however, is to open source the code once the direction solidfies. We are communicating information to many people and appreciate the feedback from the community that further drives this project.
Does Grasp Theory require a large monitor?
NO (maybe you read this article). The UI is responsive to the size of a small laptop. Mobile UI is in the backlog. The UI was however built for ultra wide monitors in mind (imagine Minority Report). Hebian learning REQUIRES the brain to associate multiple stimuli. We have found that having screen realestate to quickly transition between three stimuli is incredibly valuable. This means that a mobile phone is NOT the proper medium for relating information.
We like to refer to the scenario where students who are trying to learn deeply by having multiple books and notes spread across a large desk. They have the ability to rearrange and focus on one or more stimuli at a time. This cannot be done on small screens.
Is it similar to 'tiddlywiki'?
SORTA. Assuming you are using tiddlywiki with it's mapping plugins, you would be creating and linking documents. This is 'similar' to the goal of Grasp Theory but the implementation is considerably different and the granualiarity is not as flexible as it is in Grasp Theory.
Tiddlywiki is unbelieavably portable because it stores all your content in a format that just moves around without the need for ingesting or exporting data. Grasp Theory works off webservices so will require and import and export step.
The UI is quite different. The differences will become apparent when we get our first demo out. It is hard to explain, but the "Ambience" framework that Grasp Theory has developed encourages context via strong spacial and state based cues.
Are you building the "MEMEX"?
YES!!! We are ashamed to not have heard of "MEMEX" as proposed by Vannevar Bush. The MEMEX was brought to our attention by Tim Strehle.
Vannevar Bush headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development and published an article in 1945 that described his desire for a system to manage knowledge. It gives us chills to realize he envisioned exactly what we are working on (to a large degree) 65 years before we got our momentum.
Many articles that site the 'MEMEX' say his visions were realized as modern 'hypertext' or the internet itself. If you re-read his article you will see he has a large emphasis on the visual/spacial apsects of knowledge. Grasp Theory uses a LOT more than micro films but maintains the emphasis on exploiting the brains high visual and spacial bandwidth/reasoning.
If only Vannevar Bush had access to WEBGL, SVG, D3, NEO4J, and a multitude of other technolgies. We hope we do him proud! He envisioued our proudcut 65 years ago before computers even existed! His protoge was Claude Shannon, the father of Information Thoery. We have big shoes to fill and are humbled to pursue and enhance his vision.
Is there a demo available?
We hope to power our own blog using the Grasp Theory system by the end of the Spring of 2017. This will give interested folks a chance to see what the system is cabable of and help communicate the true vision for the project.