Archive for December, 2014

Ungarbling natural language processor technologies … and Happy New Year!

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30 December 2014 – Natural language processing is becoming a popular analytical tool as well as a quicker way for search and customer support, as well as legal document analysis. Dragon Nuance is at the tip of everyone’s tongue when NLP enters a conversation, but there are many other products with their own benefits. This past year we saw the IBM Watson system’s natural language processing automated content analysis and classification applied to legal analysis. We breathlessly await Google and Microsoft’s predicted entry in the legal space next year or in 2016.

Over the summer Code Project reviewed three of the NLPs in a post entitled “A Review Of Three Natural Language Processors, AlchemyAPI, OpenCalais, And Semantria”. Rather than sticking readers with plain product reviews, Code Project explains what NLP is used for and how it accomplishes it.

While NLP is used for vocal commands, it can do many other things: improve SEO, knowledge management, monetization, and decision support. The legal industry has been using it in text mining, text analytics, content visualization, automatic classification, and regulatory compliance. … Read more

That giant sucking sound …. is that AI technology destroying more jobs than it creates?

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Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.



18 December 2014 – Claire Cain Miller notes in the New York Times that economists long argued that, just as buggy-makers gave way to car factories, technology used to create as many jobs as it destroyed.

But now there is deep uncertainty about whether the pattern will continue, as two trends are interacting:

First, artificial intelligence has become vastly more sophisticated in a short time, with machines now able to learn, not just follow programmed instructions, and to respond to human language and movement.

Second, at the same time, the American work force has gained skills at a slower rate than in the past — and at a slower rate than in many other countries.

When the University of Chicago asked a panel of leading economists about automation, 76 percent agreed that it had not historically decreased employment. But when asked about the more recent past, they were less sanguine. About 33 percent said technology was a central reason that median wages had been stagnant over the past decadeRead more

Artificial Intelligence: will it exterminate us, or empower us?

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Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.

16 December 2014 – Oren Etzioni has been an artificial intelligence researcher for over 20 years, and he’s currently CEO of the Allen Institute for AI. When he heard the dire warnings recently from both Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, he decided it’s time to have an intelligent discussion about AI.

He says the popular dystopian vision of AI is wrong for one simple reason: it equates intelligence with autonomy. That is, it assumes a smart computer will create its own goals, and have its own will, and will use its faster processing abilities and deep databases to beat humans at their own game. To say that AI will start doing what it wants for its own purposes is like saying a calculator will start making its own calculations.

Etzioni adds, “If unjustified fears lead us to constrain AI, we could lose out on advances that could greatly benefit humanity — and even save lives. Allowing fear to guide us is not intelligent.”… Read more

The Sony hack is different: this time its extortion, threats and shooting the hostages. Leon Paneta’s “cyber Pearl Harbor”?

Sony hacked again

 Eric De Grasse, Chief Technology Officer / Gregory P Bufithis, Founder

12 December 2014 – Poor Sony. On 25 November the hackers paralyzed Sony Pictures’ computer systems, forcing the company to send some staff home while others had to use pen, paper and fax machines across its international offices. The studio could only watch while films such as musical remake Annie, scheduled for a Christmas cinema release, were leaked to file-sharing networks.

Now the hack is causing more collateral damage than just a few movies leaked onto the internet. Amongst a batch of emails made public by the hackers were several racially tinged emails about President Obama’s imagined movie tastes. And references to “a minimally talented spoiled brat” and a “rampaging ego” and a “bipolar 28-year-old lunatic”. Such language! You’d only hear that in … well, a movie.

All these things are the sort of stuff which most corporate networks have. But they just prefer they were not made public, which is exactly why the Sony hack was so embarrassing. And teams of lawyers are going through all … Read more