Friday, January 25, 2008

The Bombay Company

From its website

"The Bombay Company is discontinuing operations and all stores are closed as of January 21, 2008. We would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for your business over the past years."

I liked this company. Too bad it is gone :-(

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Information is useless while knowledge is useful [Part 1]

As of now, I think the technology solutions we have are pretty good to process INFORMATION.

With so much information in web right now, just like other people, I feel the information is so much that it almost becomes useless. It is more and more difficult for me to find the information I want.

So it is more and more urgent to come up a solution to process KNOWLEDGE.

People did so many research in artificial intelligence(AI) field for so long. Yet I did not see a good solution so far, for AI in general and in knowledge management particular.

This shows again that how little we know about our own brains :-)

I am not an expert on this and am not doing research for living. But I am interested in this enough to do some research and do my own thinking during spare time. I will try to write down what I know(or I think what I know) here. Hope to come out at least 2 good things:
1) your comments;
2) organizing my own thinking.

Enough meta-information. Here is the point one.

Point #1 It is not possible to develop a software as an AI solution without human intervention.

The reason is very simple, if it is possible, it should have been done already. So I think it is a wrong approach to develop any 100% automated software system as AI solution.

Well, if you think my "prove" is too naive, let us try another way. Software is nothing but a set of logic, or in a more concise way, Any software can be formed into a formula(OK, OK, a complicated one). You give inputs, and you will get the predicted outputs. But logic becomes static as soon as you finish the development. And this static, predicted logic will never being intelligence.

Intelligence is more about a dynamic process instead of a static state.

[to be continued]