[FoRK] Stand up and face the future

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Tue Dec 22 19:44:27 PST 2009

Ken says:

> But you can't "mine" in realtime. Mining requires a pre-existing  
> source of accumulated data. Or it's not mining. By definition.

Ah, glasshoppah...  ;-)

Cf.  "online learning."  As opposed to "supervised..."

My caveat (already stipulated) is that while it's true that today, for  
the most part, the two are clearly separable activities, this is  
already becoming a blurry distinction about the edges --- and will  
become even moreso.

It's true that the notion of "mining" is useless without some  
historical corpus to work against, but the distinction between that  
historical corpus and the stream of things coming in in real time is  
increasingly meaningless.  I.e., you can pick any definitions you  
want, but I can tell you from recent and relevant experience that the  
definitions you are asserting above are arbitrary and not very durable.



On Dec 22, 2009, at 8:21 AM, Jeff Bone wrote:

> Stephen says:
>> Mining, sifting, and real-time do not go together. At least not in  
>> the traditional forms.
> With the caveat that mining and sifting / reacting in realtime are  
> (today) different activities, I have to point at the existence proof  
> (what I do for a living these days) as contrary to this point of  
> view.  And that activity and its general form are going to become  
> even more prevalent outside the domain I operate in as we realize an  
> Internet of Things.  (It's already the case that this happens  
> elsewhere;  in the UK to a large extent and in the US to a much  
> lesser extent realtime face recognition over public camera networks  
> occurs already today...)
> qed,
> jb

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