“How do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tasted like?”

“Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like actually tasted like oatmeal, or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken, for example: maybe they couldn’t figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything.”- The Matrix

I got the first piece of the puzzle 6 months ago, when playing with Google Image Labeler; I felt the stupid need of blogging it – Once you label me you negate me – not knowing the amazing process that was going on behind the scenes. It all came together upon watching the Human Computation tech talk@Google (which, btw, I believe to be an excellent presentation that every uber geek should watch).

The machines learn from us. We teach them. We all build the collective AI. The Borg. This I believe to be the true meaning of the Semantic Web, the ultimate goal of folskonomy/tagging, xml/rss, social bookmarking and the rest of web2.0 flagships.

“Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony” – Morpheus

Welcome to the real world.

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1 Comment »

  1. Melia said

    It’s scary how much we depend on machines these days. I myself am guilty of it too. The fact that even after the Matrix, Star Trek, and who knows what all other movies show that AI has the ability to take over human beings, and scientists still want to built an artificial intelligence system is scary. What happens when the computer becomes smarter than the humans who built it?

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