We are very excited to share our milestone release, which sows the first seeds in our ‘global brain’ vision. 

People abstract

 

New peer knowledge-sharing feature 

Knowledge is profoundly social and comes from people, not machines. We’re proud that our intelligence engine finds and suggests information ‘out there’ that’s specifically relevant to your Thought Canvas. But where we really want to go is person-to-person suggestions – the sharing of human know-how from a global brain.

We have started moving our intelligence engine into its next stage of evolution – sharing the knowledge built up within the Thought Canvases created between the people who created them. Our intelligence engine can now make suggestions relevant to your Canvas from the connections your colleagues, friends, or classmates have made on their Canvases.

Group Knowledge Sharing

Our vision is to enrich human life by empowering the world with the ability to advance all critical thinking and to apply previously unforeseen insights.

A common barrier to achieving these new ‘Aha! moments’ is that you don’t know what questions to ask or who to ask them to. We are building a bridge over this barrier by adding contextual intelligence into our platform’s social layer.

You can now create groups or trust communities within InsightNG and add in the group’s members. You no longer need to know who to talk to as the intelligence engine will take care of that automatically, in the background. It’s still people helping people; we are just simplifying the process.

Currently these groups can only be created by our team, so if you are interested in trying out this powerful feature while we are still fine tuning it, send us an email to support@insightng.com. We plan to release this feature with user controls so you can create these groups yourself.

 

Sharing your Canvases 

Another key aspect of the ‘global brain’ is being able to re-use the knowledge that other people have created.

Previously you could share a read-only version of your Canvases via social media, email, or by providing a special link to the Canvas. However, if they liked your Canvas and wanted to use it, they couldn’t – until now!  

Shared Canvases now feature a  Copy Canvas Button  button at the top of the Canvas.

New Copy Canvas Button

 

When you make a copy of a shared Canvas, the copied Canvas becomes yours, with no further association with the original. This feature can also be used by teachers to provide a template Canvas that students can each use as a starting point to build on.

 

Streamlining the interface continues 

The power of visual thinking is core to how InsightNG works. We’ve made the experience more engaging by dialling back the busy-ness of our interface so it’s easier to ‘see’ what your thoughts are and how they are connected.

We’ve also grouped the element icons on the top toolbar into a single  Add New Element Button  button that sits right on the Canvas itself.  Simply drag and drop this button to where you want to create a new Element.

Sustainability Canvas

Also in release v1.13:

    > Added Bing and Faroo as additional sources
    > Bug fixes
    > More performance improvements
    > Improved quality and immediacy of Suggestions

 

About Neil Movold

I am the founder and CEO of InsightNG. I have a career spanning across Canada, Australia, Bermuda and New Zealand. For most of my life, I have been keenly interested in how our human brains function at a cognitive level. When my son Jaden was born with Spina Bifida, my interest in human cognition became more focused, resulting in the creation of InsightNG. My current interests lie in the areas of social learning, open innovation, collective & contextual intelligence, knowledge discovery, findability and content visualization.