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Re: what bigbrother wants (05/02/14 21:14:05)
    Factual knowledge: It ain't that simple.
    I regularly read frontline
    scientific publications.
    They do contain facts - but after I've gotten over being impressed, I see that they are all useless from a practical point of view (if they weren't, they would have remained unpublished because they would end up as patents or industrial secrets): They are written for the merits of having published in a well-renowned journal. It's about research money and professorships.

    Patents
    I've read a few of those too. Facts, perhaps, but overloaded to a degree that makes it impossible to distill practically useful knowledge from them. Patents are granted, for sure, with the explicit deal that you gain exclusivity at the cost of revealing what you do. So you bury the facts in oceans of irrelevance and obscure the practically useful bits as much as you can.

    So I'd say: Real knowledge is made from product descriptions and from advanced teardowns.

    And this was about physical scientific knowledge. The hard facts.

    I just bought a Win 8.1 netbook (the cheapest entry into 32-bit hardware). Cloud services, cloud backups, streaming, games - which I uninstalled. OK - I'm an old man - but I know young people who do the same. I know psychologists who think 1-2-3-year-olds should have ipads. I say: Teach them to speak and read and calculate. Icon pressing requires no effort and no skills, and the female world computer tries to entcie the world into the easy ways. It's the sirens of the Odyssey. Plug your ears and pass them by.

    The world computer may have access to all available knowledge except the really useful and secret stuff. It's all about appearances and marketing. Big data isn't so much about real knowledge - it's more about data.

    Still Magnus Carlsen can win by making moves that the computer cannot predict.
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