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Winter 2012

INFO 200
Intellectual Foundations of Informatics

I want to hand in an assignment

I want to check my grades

Some preliminaries

Informatics timeline

Parsing text

One

Can a machine understand language?



  1. Computer "understands" JavaScript. Natural language?
  2. White-space parsing finds wordforms. Lexemes?
  3. Space character is a decoration of literary engineering.
  4. Natural language morphs in structure and meaning.
  5. Graphic language may contain emotional meaning.
  6. Language evolves under technological pressure.
  7. Semantic universe: (1) Capture it by survey 0r (2) Control it by restriction

High frequency words are the meaningful words?

Two

Can there be information without information architecture?

Three

Your beliefs influence your data structure?

Four

Being connected indicates poverty or strength?

Five

To fix truth architect it on paper, otherwise it's digital and fluid?

Six

Does sharing information require sharing meaning?

Seven

Is web search perfectible?

Eight

Do we have to pass a law to stabilize meaning?

Nine

How important is it NOT to know how Google works?

Trying to "improve" Google

Google's unintended consequence: mechanical documents that are inauthentic