Autographing Kindles; Machines vs humans

Meliza Solan Surdi · June 20, 2009 · Short URL:

What am I Missy, Episode 24

MySpace has slashed its bloated staff by 30%. It is often said that being smaller means being more nimble and hence innovative. And, the startup culture of innovation is just what new CEO Owen Van Natta is trying to usher in. It must have been tough to make that hard decision, like cutting staff. But unfortunately, it may be the easiest thing Van Natta does. After all, can MySpace really overtake Facebook now? 

See: MySpace dumps 30% of workforce

The popularity of the Kindle has raised some question about the customary book-signing events. In the New York Times, there was an article noted that at a recent reading by David Sedaris at Manhattan's Strand bookstore, a man named Marty asked the author to autograph his Kindle. On the back of the Kindle, Sedaris wrote "This bespells doom." But I've seen stranger things signed.

We're a long way from semantic technology reaching its goal of getting computers to think like humans.How far a long is semantic technology? In other words, what's its IQ? I was able to hear some feedback last week when I attended the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, California. I asked a few attendees and keynote speakers what they thought about the goal of semantic technology, which is basically to get machines to think like humans.

What's the IQ of semantic technology? 


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