Do you love knowledge-laden audio contents but lack the time to listen to all of it?
After 2010, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of podcasts and similar audio contents on the internet. Podcasts and long-form conversational audio contents have gained popularity not only because the internet has re-invented storytelling (and hence listening), but these contents are full of knowledge and practical wisdom.
No matter what the domain is -from relationships to psychology, politics and law- podcasts are popular because they are the source of expert knowledge, presented first hand ( mainly as guest-interviews). Podcasts make the content more palatable because they are less energy and attention-demanding than reading a book. We can go about cooking, cleaning the house or exercising while we plug in our best podcasts. This is particularly useful when we have busy schedules and a hurried lifestyle.
However, due to the ease of production and widespread access to internet, there is an overwhelming amount of podcasts and audio contents. Given that the average podcast sessions tend to be at least one hour long, it sometimes becomes too tough to choose from a large number of identical podcasts. Moreover, though the wisdom and knowledge garnered by podcasts is amassing, it sometimes becomes too much to handle. As such, how can we manage to not invest too much time on the internet, yet acquire the insights given by the contents like podcasts?
A podcast-summarising platform can be one possible solution to this. Using this platform, people can find the best-suited audio contents without having to invest much time lisetning to a number of contents before finding what they are searching for. Such summaries for the podcast would save the time of users and help them select the audio contents according to their taste and needs. For example, if I am genuinely interested in the history of science, I can generate summaries of all the podcasts that I have listened to on that domain. If someone else is as much interested as I am, he/she will see my summary and decide whether or not to listen to the podcast. Similarly, I can benefit from someone else's summary in a different domain, say, for instance, politics. The person with more interest in politics will create summaries for all political podcasts he/she has listened to, from which I can choose to listen to the ones that seriously interest me.
The platform can make use of categorization and relevant tagging to ease up the selectivity. Also, the summaries can serve as a general take-home messages from each podcast enlisted, hence only those who are genuinely interested can give a full listen. Ones who just want to skim through can do away with the summaries themselves.
Do you think this idea is executionable? How can we improve it?