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Re: [ontolog-forum] IBM Watson on Jeopardy

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From: FERENC KOVACS <f.kovacs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:38:46 +0000 (GMT)
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JS: >> But  a top-down, monolithic, detailed, universal ontology of everything
>>  is not only impossible to achieve, it would be a disaster, if  anybody
>> tried to enforce it on everything.
KJ I could  not agree more, this would be almost like a conceptualization 
>  oligarchy. The even more important point however is that it is 
>  impossible and we should stop doing it. Information communities (and 
>  even individuals) have their local conceptualizations of the physical 
>  world and they have them for good reasons.    (01)

FK: I join those points in agreement. Knowledge is not a collection items 
on properties, it is not even information. It is called lexical knowledge, 
is fine and one side of the coin. A Megatrivia remains a toy application with a 
lot of work to search in. Deforesting a tree and selecting the leaves on 
features, chopping branches and classifying them by size, etc.and putting them 
all  up in different storerooms with a heavy referencing system does not make 
life easier for those who want to "rebuild" a dissected tree. Procedural 
knowledge, which is what we are after and which with humans is as deep as 
flexing and laxing muscles as in playing a piano (competence and skill) and 
which is paid for in transaction of buying know-hows and how-to-documents or in 
the end algorithms. This is the result when one gets stuck with an old metaphor 
and then produces a body-builder with enormous muscles that are impressive but 
may not be good fetch a bucket of water.
My appreciation however for all those busy in such an endeavor for their strong 
belief, persistence and commitment. They are very nice human properties. And 
they must have their reason to go that way and be proud of their achievement.I  
do not, because I am now busy studying basic algebra and set theory
Regards,    (02)

Ferenc    (03)

Attention is the weakest, but a minimum form of connecting    (04)

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