El Rey blog!

A robot for your mom

IMDB for the whole world

NNDB just launched — a sort of Internet Movie Database for real-world famous people. It pitches itself as an “intelligence aggregator” that finds links between the famous, be they other people, institutions, or memes. As it notes on its front page:

Superficially, it seems much like a “Who’s Who” where a noted person’s curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)

But it mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person’s otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been hanging out with.

The concept is pretty cool. But I can’t find anything on the sites that explains how the info is collected or collated, though, so I have no idea how well this thing works, or how it works at all. Anyone know anything more about it? The domain is registered to “Soylent Communications” in Mountain View, California.

(Thanks to Cris for this one!)

blog comments powered by Disqus

Search This Site


I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

More of Me


Recent Comments

Collision Detection: A Blog by Clive Thompson