Making Computers Understand
from the where's-the-demo? dept
The Washington Post is running an article about an entrepreneur who only first touched a computer 10 years ago, but who is now claiming to have created a huge advance in natural language processing. There have been a lot of very smart people working on natural language processing for many years, so I'm a bit skeptical of what this one guy is doing - especially since most of the article shows that the writer was influenced more by who spoke about the offering than any definitive example of how the technology works (or doesn't). I'm all for innovative approaches to "big" questions like natural language processing, but I worry about an entrepreneur who doesn't demonstrate his product - but instead produces lots of people who say "it's really good".