if you know what i mean

“An innovative project, called Autonomous Dynamic Analysis of Metaphor and Analogy, or ADAMA, aims to build a software system that can automatically analyze metaphorical speech in five different languages by analyzing huge quantities of online data got off the ground this week when the U.S. Army Research Laboratory awarded a $1.4 million contract to the team conducting the research. The research is backed by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which develops high-risk, reward research projects for the government, and is intended to build a repository of speech metaphors from American/English Iranian Farsi, Mexican Spanish and Russian speakers. ADAMA could have immediate applications in forensics, intelligence analysis, business intelligence, sociological research and communication studies, researchers stated.”

Now, if we all just started talking metaphorically…

The Tech love boat

The race to escape national jurisdictions for “virtual” tech companies has reached a new level with the launch of the offshore tech center, “blueseed”, which aims to literally create an offshore tech hub, on a boat.

Right now when you can create and effectively run a company anywhere, why abide by the restrictions and regulations of any particular country?

Your physical location has little or nothing to do with the ability to provide the contracted services. In that respect this is an innitiative to watch.

Here is the full scoop:

Blueseed is a Silicon Valley company that plans on launching a cruise ship 30 minutes from the coast of California,housing startup entrepreneurs from around the world. These startuppers won’t need to bother with US visas, because the ship will be in international waters. They’ll have to pay tax to whatever country they’re incorporated in, though. So far, 146 startups said they’d like to come to the ship.”

Crowdsourcing and Scientific Truth

I recently read an opinion piece by Jack Hitt about what is arguably the most influential modern technology enabled process of recent times – crowdsourcing.

It seems like everything has come to depend on it, for example, what we read on the internet is fed by a search engine which relies on this process, also called “the wisdom of the masses.”

But, are the masses truly wise? Can they also generate what may be construed as “scientific truth?” Jack Hitt seems to think so:

From the article: ‘Any article, journalistic or scientific, that sparks a debate typically winds up looking more like a good manuscript 700 years ago than a magazine piece only 10 years ago. The truth is that every decent article now aspires to become the wiki of its own headline.'”

I would be temped to value the average of mass opinion, but scientific discovery and progress depends on what nobody has thought of before. Maybe a truly valuable opinion lies buried in the article comments and footnotes, if I could only find it through the “noise”.

Too much information may very well cause one to lose one’s train of thought, only to find it again where no one has thought of.

What do you think?

The law must be hacked

similar ideas must make their way up north here in Canada. now.. that is just an idea

eruci

I recently read a post about using a time honored IT technique for improving a largely flawed system, namely the legal system. Normally geeks like us would not bother with such boring subjects, but since these subjects routinely bother us and with us, it is perhaps time to take a look at it and try to fix what’s broken and buggy.

The solution that has been put forward by the Brooklyn Law school’s incubator and policy clinic (BLIPin their ‘legal hackathon’ is this:

Instead of hacking computer code, attendees — mostly lawyers, law students, coders, and entrepreneurs — used the hacking ethos to devise technologically sophisticated solutions to legal problems. These included attempts to crowdsource mayoral candidacies in New York City and hacking model privacy policies for ISPs.”

Now, that’s something I’d really cheer for! A versioning control system for laws, along with a requirements spec…

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similar ideas must make their way up north here in Canada. now.. that is just an idea

eruci

I recently read a post about using a time honored IT technique for improving a largely flawed system, namely the legal system. Normally geeks like us would not bother with such boring subjects, but since these subjects routinely bother us and with us, it is perhaps time to take a look at it and try to fix what’s broken and buggy.

The solution that has been put forward by the Brooklyn Law school’s incubator and policy clinic (BLIPin their ‘legal hackathon’ is this:

Instead of hacking computer code, attendees — mostly lawyers, law students, coders, and entrepreneurs — used the hacking ethos to devise technologically sophisticated solutions to legal problems. These included attempts to crowdsource mayoral candidacies in New York City and hacking model privacy policies for ISPs.”

Now, that’s something I’d really cheer for! A versioning control system for laws, along with a requirements spec…

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you have not made it until you get censored

I was reading the news of the day, and two pieces caught my attention.

1. The piratebay’s traffic doubles after a court in the UK orders ISPs to block it.

2. An article in Linux Format magazine which dealt with hacking has led to the magazine itself to be pulled off the shelves of Barnes and Noble Bookstores in the USA. The end result? Linux Format magazine (not just the article in question) has received unprecedented interest and possibly new readership they would not otherwise have received on the aforementioned article alone.

I am only left to wander, which of those actions advanced the public interest more, the action of the establishment to censor something, or the news of the action of the establishment to censor something?

If I don’t simply view this as a cause and effect, I am leaning more towards the second.

Update: I saw this on imgur today:

modernly hitched

they got married, liked each other’s status on facebook, and lived happily afterwards….