[AI Seminar] AI Lunch -- Andrew Moore -- November 15

Ellen Vitercik vitercik at cs.cmu.edu
Wed Nov 9 14:11:26 EST 2016

Hi all,

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, November 15th, at noon in NSH
3305 for AI lunch. To learn more about the seminar and lunch, please visit
the AI Lunch webpage <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~aiseminar/>.

On Tuesday, Andrew Moore <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~awm/>, Dean of the SCS at
CMU, will give a talk. The talk description is below.

TOKeN: The Open Knowledge Network:

Creating the Semantic Information Infrastructure for the Future

RV Guha, Schema.org; Andrew Moore (Presenting), Carnegie Mellon University


Natural interfaces to large knowledge structures have the potential to
impact science, education and business to an extent comparable to the WWW.
We are already seeing the first wave of this in consumer services such as
Siri, Cortana and Alexa. But these services are limited in their scope of
knowledge, not open to direct access or contributors beyond their corporate
firewalls, and can only answer relatively limited questions in their
business areas.  We now have the technology and know how to expand to
thousands of new topic areas and many more useful classes of questions, if
we mount an open effort to build a national or international knowledge

The architecture should allow people to encode knowledge for their topics
of interest and be able to hook them into the larger network, without
having to go through gatekeepers (such as Google or Apple).

Once this knowledge is encoded, access to this should not be restricted to
a small priesthood of SQL or other programmatic interface users. There will
be a wide range of interfaces, including natural language interfaces,
graphical interfaces and visualizations which no one has even invented
yet.  Developers will be able to independently create more sophisticated
programs for answering queries, providing summaries that help regular
people make decisions in their lives.

This talk will summarize a discussion between a set of academics, internet
companies and government agencies and go through the questions of "why
now", "haven't we all tried this before", "what are the first steps the
nation could take here", and "what exactly is it that we're proposing here?"

This is not fully baked and so I will leave plenty of time for feedback and
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