Category “technology”

14 posts

Plans for Year 2015

My company is SoftPerson, which specializes in “semantic computing” in everyday general-purpose applications. The past decade or so was one of a lot of reading, research and experimentation with entirely new technologies and user experiences, but no product. I can’t really continue for more than another year without revenues, so
Read more » Jan 14, 2015, 1:03PM
NStatic , Technology

Conversational Interfaces Redux

In the past, I have talked about conversational interfaces with posts like the “Turing Test and the Loebner Prize Competition.” My interests are not purely theoretical, as I have actively explored integrating natural language deeply into applications in such ways as interpreting all text inside documents and code files and
Read more » Jan 23, 2012, 6:09AM
AI , Natural Language , Technology

The Computers and Internet of Yesteryear

The underlying experiences that we obtain from using computers and the Internet may not be as alien to prior generations as we may think. Things are faster and smaller, but not fundamentally different. Many complex systems have been with us around for millennia albeit in somewhat different forms: the rule
Read more » Jan 14, 2012, 5:35PM

Technology & Liberal Arts

Steve Jobs often attributes that the popularity of Apple products comes from merging technology with the humanities. During the introduction of the first iPad, Jobs notes that "the reason that Apple is able to create products like iPad is because we always try to be at the intersection of technology
Read more » Oct 24, 2011, 11:15AM

Research Pipeline

On the last day of the Lang.NET Symposium, I sat through an interesting lecture on F# with Don Syme. Don Syme is a researcher at Microsoft Research’s Cambridge office. He and Andrew Kennedy previously researched and designed generics years before its eventual incorporation into the Whidbey version (2.0) of the .NET
Read more » Aug 3, 2006, 1:35AM

The Microsoft Touch

Microsoft is often noted for its marketing genius, but the following set of amusing videos and articles illustrates that the company’s ultra-rationalist approach often fails the fuzzier side of its marketing efforts like advertising and branding. This video demonstrates differences between Microsoft and Apple branding. Microsoft Watch comments on the Microsoft
Read more » Mar 1, 2006, 4:50PM

Innovation at Microsoft

I frequently mentioned Microsoft innovation in the past. I encountered some interesting observations about Microsoft innovation in the past month: Eeyore designs Microsoft’s product: “It makes me think of how many feature meetings I've had and what a small percent of those features have actually ever shipped. Not that every
Read more » Jan 25, 2006, 2:45PM

Programmer's Myopia -- Natural Language Grammars

I previously wrote about Programmer’s Myopia, an affliction that a developer acquires, when he becomes fascinated and absorbed by a particular programming concept. In the writing profession, authors are warned not to become too attached to their “baby,” which is probably best edited out. I recently talked with another ex-Microsoft
Read more » Oct 29, 2005, 8:11PM
AI , Natural Language , Technology

50 Years From Now

I was speaking to a woman in her 80’s, and it was remarkable hearing about a different age in which she lived through World War II as a young adult. Fifty years from now, I will be over 80 and living in a changed world that will be every bit
Read more » Oct 29, 2005, 6:40PM

Predicting the Future

I am always trying to predict to future 5, 10, 20 years from now… (I am also trying to create the future, too, with my products… We’ll see…)  Looking back at predictions from 1990, I seen and heard a number of predictions that have or are close to coming true.
Read more » Aug 27, 2005, 3:27AM

Innovation Trends

In the computer industry, a lot of advance innovative work in computer science is being driven in academia. I suspect over time that as an industry becomes more mature that the major drivers of innovation shift from universities to corporate research labs. Large corporations steadily accumulate greater wealth over time
Read more » Aug 10, 2005, 1:52PM

Google - Extension of the Brain

I was just reading a Slashdot post on the top 25 innovations of the past twenty-five years. CNET has been counting down each invention for some time now and plans on announcing the #1 invention on Sunday. I think their obvious pick will be the World Wide Web. One poster
Read more » Jan 8, 2005, 11:29AM

The Pace of Technology

BusinessWeek has a series of articles on the The Innovation Economy including this one on "This Way To the Future," which briefly describes how life was like 75 years ago, when the magazine was founded and estimates how life will change 75 years from now. The history of science and technology
Read more » Oct 2, 2004, 6:44AM

Technology Is Young

Some time ago, I saw the World of Tomorrow exhibit in DisneyWorld, which had a major impression in me. It depicted the life style of the average American family at five different times separated by 20 years: 1900, 1920, 1940, 1980, as well as an attempt on depicting some date
Read more » May 26, 2004, 5:44AM





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