What is a natural language?


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


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 [...]

The Irony of Semantics; the different meanings – 2014 Semantic Technology Conference


Expert System was well represented and our semantic technology platform, Cogito, was again well received at the 10th Annual Semantic Technology Business Conference (SemTech) held at the San Jose Convention Center (August 19th – 21st). The conference continues to see good participation from professionals across a variety of industries and technical disciplines and our booth at the event proved to gather a lot of attention.

As the organizers are now collocating the SemTech Conference with the NoSQL Now! Conference, it is worth noting that an interestingly large amount of the sessions were dedicated to the NoSQL topic and improving relational database [...]

Technology Overview for Text Analytics

I just finished reading Gartner’s latest research covering text analytics. It seems to me like it’s their best study covering this sector so far. It is well written, comprehensive and a great tool for data analytics enterprises or business managers who want to gain in-depth knowledge on the strategic value of text analytics.

I found the research especially relevant because of its comprehensive, concrete list of use cases. The risk management section is a bit thin because it doesn’t cover specifically how text analytics furthers operating risk management but, in general, it is a very valuable [...]

Welcome to the Era of Context

This is a guest post by Nathan Kinch, Co-Founder of Sports Ollo and Entrepreneur in Residence at edgelabs. Connect with Nathan at @NathanKinch or check out the original post on LinkedIn.

Context is defined as the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood.

For me, the true value of this definition resides in the final two words; fully understood.

In a world where we are constantly overloaded with information, how does one make sense of the madness?

It’s quite clear that we are no [...]

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