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The logic of control

19.01.2015
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Meet Al. Al is new to your organization, and once trained everyone relies upon Al to know the right thing to do, don’t worry Al’s got this. Teams have Al help them make decisions, customers, and even senior management rely upon Al each and every day. Working tirelessly in the background Al can support virtually any part of the organization, Al is in control.

Al is usually brought in by the technology organization who has thoroughly reviewed Al’s background, qualifications, and references. But there have been problems. Virtually everywhere Al has worked, Al has consistently made mistakes [...]

Language is more powerful than data

Data is powerful, but what limits its power is that which produces and subsequently that which consumes data. It is purpose produced, and purpose consumed. Purpose is the problem because inherent in the purpose is intent, intent upon the production of an outcome.

Language is different; it is a raw material that can be configured to produce a virtually unlimited number of things and outcomes. While data augments perspective, language transforms, affecting emotion, knowledge, relationship, and comprehension. If you have participated in a survey where the possible responses offered did not represent your response, too bad. Your preferred response was [...]

Why can’t my technology read?

19.12.2014
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Reading comprehension tests or assessments are most typically imposed upon children as they ascend the academic ladder of early education. Those who pursue formal competency in a secondary or tertiary language are also likely to encounter a comprehension assessment. These tests are intended to evaluate competency in a number of areas, a partial list would most certainly include:

Background Knowledge
Think of this as the relationship of what is known and how that knowledge relates to what is read. An example would be an NBA basketball game. What is conveyed linguistically? If you have prior exposure and awareness of an [...]

What is a natural language?

22.10.2014
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Perhaps more importantly, what is an unnatural language?

Maybe this is what used to be described as communication, but perhaps when someone or something is unable to understand, an alternative approach must be employed. The term natural language seems to be an unfortunate characterization formed by those who operate in the languages of machines. I suspect this to be true as the contemporary technology dialog includes something called natural language processing.

So how does one process language whether natural or unnatural? By understanding it of course, and when we are unable to understand, we translate into a language we are [...]

Big data is not Big context

24.09.2014
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Technology (think big data) presumes that everything is in some form of indecipherable encrypted code that by itself means nothing unless it can be magically transformed by technology. In a sense and from a technology perspective the aforementioned statement is true. It is not true that everything is in some form of indecipherable encrypted code, but rather since technology does not truly understand the methods by which people communicate, to technology it is indecipherable in its native form.

What this means is that technology (read technologists) must manipulate content into a form suitable for technology to process. This abstraction is [...]

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