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Re: [ontolog-forum] IBM Watson on Jeopardy

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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:35:29 -0800
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Thank you, Bill.    (01)

I concur with Bill Andersen that this spun-off conversation about the
military or politicians should be taken elsewhere. So, please.    (02)

The subject is "iBM Watson on Jeopardy" and that's a fascinating topic
... continue on that by all means.    (03)

Thanks & regards.  =ppy    (04)

Peter Yim
Co-convener, ONTOLOG
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On Feb 13, 2011 7:56 AM, "Bill Andersen" <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Ahem... Anyone in this conversation been in the military or have credentials 
>in military history? One good reason I'd rather not see this conversation on 
>ontolog. Another is that it's way out of scope and bordering on political - 
>and those of you who know me know you don't want me to go there.
> So please take this somewhere else (but include me - I'd love to get into 
>this one)
> Bill    (06)

> On Feb 13, 2011, at 8:18, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Vincent and Rich,
>> JFS
>>>> That is also true of people. As the saying goes, generals are
>>>> very good at fighting the last war, but not the current one.
>> VW
>>> If that saying were true, there'd be ZERO
>>> national security - for any country.
>> You need to study military history. The leaders who win
>> are the ones who can innovate to meet changing conditions.
>> But most leaders in every field aren't innovative -- they
>> just repeat what worked last time.
>> RC
>>> we are buying a bunch of F-35's to fight international terrorism.
>> That is comparable to the French building the Maginot line after WW I.
>> It's a hugely expensive waste of money on systems that would have
>> been useful in the past.
>> VW
>>> I'll just repeat one of my earlier statements: "There are lots
>>> of sayings among us which should be relegated to the past -
>>> and left there - where they belong..."
>> You can repeat that, but it won't make it true.
>> A better guideline is one of my favorite quotations from
>> Alfred North Whitehead:
>> "Every great truth is only half true."
>> That means that every proverb, principle, or ideology has
>> to be re-evaluated in terms of current conditions in order
>> to determine which half is appropriate.
>> The most dangerous offenders are politicians who repeat
>> half truths until they make the voters believe them.
>> John
>>    (07)

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