The AMPLE Way

  azichettello
May 20 2015
Edited: Oct 23 2018
Public Blog Article

Have you ever thought: "there must be more potential in my brain?" I've thought this from a young age and still do. I'm also reminded every time I hear someone say they "can't do this" or "can't do that". Well, several years ago I became determined to make a difference in the way people use their minds. I became determined to discover the perfect ingredients for unlocking human potential. This led to the birth of Project AMPLE.

Project AMPLE is a business dedicated to empowering people through the AMPLE facets:

  • Aim: Set a target

  • Motivate: Keep going

  • Plan: Work from a strategy

  • Learn: Get the knowledge/skills you need

  • Educate: Teach others in the process

But first things first; people need a better way to manage their knowledge. I realized this after trying countless numbers of note taking applications and methods for storing and later using information. Nothing worked the way I wanted it to. I wondered if knowledge really should be managed to begin with. Coming from an engineering background with a passion for psychology and understanding how people think, I began to ponder on this question. I came to these realizations:

  • Thinking about thinking is the most powerful thought

  • All people have a poor memory compared to computers

  • Understanding things is all about making connections

Information and thoughts are abundant but we humans just don’t know what to do with it! If only it could all be useful…Project AMPLE set it’s aim on building a tool to do just that: Make IT (information & thoughts) useful.

This opened up a whole can of worms involving neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, taxonomy, ontology, connectionism, creativity, etc. Laddice manifested itself as a web application built upon the philosophies we (the founders) developed during our studies, self reflections and analysis.

Laddice: a Ladder to success through a Latticework of information and thoughts

Laddice is about appreciating every bit of information and each and every thought then providing a means to see them in a wider context where you can easily make connections. At the core, Laddice is about stimulation of insight and creativity through externalization of thoughts. Laddice is a powerful knowledge environment that extends beyond all existing note taking tools. The most important aspect of Laddice is the manner in which it treats notes. We wanted to instill in the user that every bit of information and each individual thought is really just a fragment of something much larger. Thus the fragmented note (more simply called a node) was born.

Breaking notes up into fragments calls for them to be put back together again like a puzzle. But unlike a traditional puzzle, Laddice allows the user to connect any node to any other node in a variety of relationships. The very act of connecting is what our brains are attempting to do (often subconsciously) when we truly are learning and understanding new things. In a way, Laddice connects you to your brain at a deeper level and then allows you to explore.

That's it, the essence of Laddice. But to make everything work well together we had to implement a number of other neat features. We are nearly ready to launch a beta version of Laddice and would love for you to try it out. If you're interested and want to stay in the loop, you could subscribe here, or if you want to learn more about the features of Laddice, click here.


 llvickers - 3 years, 5 months ago Open

I like this because it is trying to implement something very natural, and basically what the brain already does, by making random connections. This should make it easier for people such as myself to gain better control of what they know.

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 bzichett - 3 years, 5 months ago Open

Hey llvickers,

I apologize if I read too much into the word random, but I thought this was worth clarifying.

The software we're developing can be much more particular than "random connections," as can our brain, if given a specific area to focus on.

I like to think of the system as a way to create a natural knowledge structures over time as you tag and create meaningful, directed connections. If performed intelligently, you'll be in a better place to make your digitally externalized information and thoughts (I&T) useful, gaining better control over what one knows, as you said.

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 azichettello - 3 years, 5 months ago Open

Exactly! Thanks, llvickers!

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