[FoRK] Psuedo-intelligence...

Kent Spaulding < kent at iotabits.com > on > Mon Nov 6 09:33:36 PST 2006

So Wikipedia and its ilk become the Psyche knowledgebase?  And it's
not even a sham?  Interesting.

On 11/5/06, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>
> I've said it for a long time, but --- there's useful fuzzy meaning
> "out there" that more resembles the kind of "knowledge" in our heads
> than any painstakingly-assembled *intentional* semantic-network
> metadata, etc.  A vast ocean of diverse and poorly-coordinated data
> can spontaneously become a smaller sea of high-value information,
> when viewed appropriately.  Two bits, first a pre-print from '05 that
> might have been posted here before, on "Automated Meaning Discovery
> Using Google."
>
>         http://www.arxiv.org/abs/cs.CL/0412098
>
> Of note, the evocative if somewhat spine-chill-provoking line from
> the abstract, with my emphasis:  "We have found a method to
> automatically extract the meaning of words and phrases from the world-
> wide-web using Google page counts. The approach is novel in its
> unrestricted problem domain, simplicity of implementation, and
> MANIFESTLY ONTOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS."
>
> Second bit, in case you hadn't seen it;  somebody believes that text
> compression of a large corpus is in some way analogous (or at least
> related) to general intelligence, and they're backing it up with a
> prize:  compress Wikipedia a certain amount and get real, hard Euros
> for your trouble.
>
>         http://www.cs.fit.edu/~mmahoney/compression/rationale.html
>
>
> I'm aware of several research efforts of late aimed at using various
> resources, particularly Wikipedia and the Web itself, for various
> interesting high-value purposes:  document classification, meaning
> extraction, taxonomy mapping, etc.  I find this fascinating...  I'm
> still waiting, though, for anybody to seriously use online resources
> in a *dynamic* way for any of these purposes, i.e., by looking at
> news flow and correlation between articles over time, etc.  There are
> a few, but both scope and success have as yet been somewhat limited,
> IMHO...
>
>
> $0.02,
>
>
> jb
>
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