Archive for the 'Questions' Category

Is there an uncanny valley for natural language search?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

There is a hypothesis pertaining to robotics and computer generated, human-like characters called the Uncanny Valley. It states that as robots become more and more human-like, the comfort of humans interacting with them takes a sharp dip before it rises again towards fully human interaction. In Fernando Pereira’s latest take on Powerset, he eludes to […]

The US Tax Filing System

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I’m not going to go into details but user-friendly it most certainly is not! We all know this could be done so much better. Where are the web 2.0 startups doing 3-click tax returns? I recommend Wikipedia to explain it in plain English.

Where's my negation?

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Anybody interested in a programming puzzle? Des? Warning: This post is full of seemingly incomprehensible strings of symbols that programmers call regular expressions, which actually do something very useful. If that doesn’t turn you on, better to quit now. If you’re still here, consider this… Have you ever wondered why programming languages that have good […]