June 4th, 2007
NYTimes has an article on the ongoing Netflix recommendation open challenge thing. ($1mil to a team that can produce the best collaborative filtering mouse trap)
Unfortunately the project is flawed, because the basic question is flawed, fundamentally and in a very simple way. We have moods, we have shifting interests, and trying to compile all those multi-variates into a single vector of interest is impossible.
Rather then making the computers super smart, I’d rather see an interface like the Pandora channel creation where you choose 2-4 songs that suit your mood and the system finds the common elements.
Tonight at the video store I wanted something that was smart and fast enough to be engaging, without being so smart that it took work to follow. Maybe a political thriller? If I could have mixed a recommendation queue out of 3 Days of the Condor meets Wag the Dog meets something like Enemy of the State to find something in that vein that would have been better then all the weighted neural nets.
And I’ll wave the million dollars if they just build it already.
Not sure where this systemic biasis for computer as deep thinker comes from, probably dates all the way back to the Ultra project and other primordial computer science legends. But its the wrong metaphor here and now, smarter, smaller tools to extend the human reach, not replace humans.
(can you tell I didn’t find my movie?)
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February 12th, 2007
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Funny thing is, it does sound like a book I’d be interested in.
December 6th, 2005
I’ve been telling myself that someday I’m going to make it to Scott’s NY New Tech Meetup, ever since he mentioned it this Summer.
But boy do I wish I was going tonight apparently there will be a demo of
Firefly (decision-support application)
Um, you mean like Pattie Maes’ Firefly, that hottest, sexiest, most buzzworthy, proto-dotcom spin off of the Media Lab? (complete with rockstar founder). The one that was bought, and killed by Microsoft?
Of course, now in our wiser, more cynical age, who would be dumb enough to pour their metadata into a closed system? To trust a company to safeguard the gates of their community?
Also demoing: apap.us, locl.us and movie.us (Apparently .us has arrived. Or at least someone is hoping so.)
November 30th, 2005
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Random gibberish, and yet 100,000 years of pattern matching expertise refuses to let it go that easily, finding primordial poetry, and humor.
Has anyone wondered what the extreme, cut throat Darwinian pressure of the spam wars might be evolving?
And what kind of AI could such a crucible produce I wonder? Vicious and deceptive? Slippery, polymorphic and rentless? Recent samples seem to suggest a cryptic, Delphian source of Zen koans.