Thursday, February 3, 2011

Break me from literal to contextual, and back.

Hit me on the nerve bundle that makes me shudder.  Right in between where I'll take instructions literally and when I'll see context for what it is and recognize sarcasm.  Can't tell the difference between the two?  Well, you know, lots of cross references goes on to manufacture intelligence and do what we do--communicate many shades of meaning with a small range of words that have overlapping usage depending on context.  Damnit. 

Ever had a serious fight on gchat?  On AIM?  Not so easy? 

Turns out that it is hard to create intelligence too, although we're making some serious strides.  Language is the key.

Have a look at what IBM's been up to lately with Watson, if you didn't know about it.

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