Archive for February, 2009

The Knowledge Scam

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Love this article by Ian Angell which echoes my feeling about so-called Knowledge Management. Here is my favourite snip.
“Many of the developers of so-called ‘intelligent systems’ have not yet grasped this reality. They see themselves at the forefront of the new technology that is spawning ‘Cyberspace,’ and yet they are drenched in the mind-set and ritual of the defunct machine age. Theirs is an arrogance that persists in spreading the malignant lie, that knowledge and intelligence can be disembodied, discerned through the application of logic and mathematical models, and finally automated. Bunkum! This is just the latest in a long line of nonsense, of ‘knowledge engineering,’ ‘data mining’ and ‘inference engines,’ that has been inflicted on a world made gullible through ritualized technology. Mega-millions of dollars have been wasted in the ‘knowledge scam,’ the futile quest to categorize common sense knowledge and basic human intelligence in this daft way. Thankfully it will soon be dumped in the garbage bin of technological history.”

Number of Predictions and Conferences about them vs Uptake

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

There are some technologies which people would LIKE to happen, but will never actually happen. Here are some typical tell-tale over-optimistic phrases.

  • people having conferences about a technology which hasn’t actually happened yet
  • Eventually, cloud computing will
  • Looking into the future
  • Constant sense that success is just around the corner
  • Semantic Web
  • Web Services
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • The Internet of Things
  • Grid Computing
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Federated Identity
  • IPV6
  • eBook readers
  • Speech recognition
  • Portable social networks
  • SaaS

What did happen

  • The web and web 2.0
  • Social Networking

Population: the Elephant in the room

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week’s Green Room, he calls on the environmental movement to stop running scared of this controversial topic.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7865332.stm