Wolfram Alpha Interview

An interview with Xiang Wang of Wolfram Research in China, by Han Xu (Collin Hsu) of W3China fame. Interesting excerpt: Q: Since Wolfram|Alpha is dubbed ‘smarter’ than traditional search engines, I wonder how much AI techniques are actually employed in the system? How is inference done? What is the provenance of each fact/claim? And what […]

Google Social Graph API, privacy and the public record

I’m digesting some of the reactions to Google’s recently announced Social Graph API. ReadWriteWeb ask whether this is a creeping privacy violation, and danah boyd has a thoughtful post raising concerns about whether the privileged tech elite have any right to experiment in this way with the online lives of those who are lack status, […]

Religious Technology (What’s in a link?)

I’ve just rediscovered this, while tidying: a letter I received last year, from Hodkin And Company, Solicitors: We understand that you operate, control or manage a website on which one Mr Damien Steer has placed literally hundreds of pages of our clients’ copyrighted works without the authorization of our clients. Because of the enormity and […]