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Showing posts from May, 2009

The great semantic search shootout. True Knowledge vs Wolfram|Alpha

Last year I joined the beta program for a new semantic search startup out of Great Britain that was making rounds through the IT press. True Knowledge claimed to allow searches to perform natural language searches that allowed the system to infer answers from previously inserted data and extrapolations of meaning based on the words used to form the questions. At the time the system needed much training, it was unable to answer simple queries, however with time and as users have trained the system using the training facility, it can accurately answer questions such as "who is J Lo's husband?" , "what time is it in London now?" and thanks to some knowledge that I added myself, "Is venus bigger than mars?" I was curious to see if the newly released hyped up site launch of competitor "wolframalpha" could match up to True Knowledge out of the gate. Now to be fair, it is just launched (today quite literally) and has a much smaller base of facts to…

perception ticks your personal clock

"the more you know, the less there is to find out, the less there is to find out the slower you learn new things, imagine a unit of learning as perceived by you being constant as time goes by life surprises you less and what does happen is spaced out in your experience over longer periods of time, thus a given number of events (significant learning ones that bring new knowledge) is perceived to be spaced out as well and there you go, time contracting with age.

Just a theory. ;)"

This was the answer I provided to the question , "Is time speeding up as we get older or is it me?".

It was the first thing I thought about to answer as it was a question posed as a status message by a friend of mine on Facebook. However, thinking a bit more about it, there might be some legs to it. The main evidence comes from recent work that shows that the human perception of time can be changed by the environmental situations that we find ourselves in , and thus the level of stress that w…