David Weinberger and retiring the myth of non-scalable conversations

If enough people are in a conversation, one of them will be an expert. The larger the crowd, the more unexpected will be the expertise contained within it. Of course, “larger” in this case may mean thousands, or tens of thousands. And, to uncover really obscure expertise, you may need millions of people. Of course […]

Real progress in artifical intelligence

  Finally, however, in the last decade ­Hinton and other researchers made some fundamental conceptual breakthroughs. In 2006, Hinton developed a more efficient way to teach individual layers of neurons. The first layer learns primitive features, like an edge in an image or the tiniest unit of speech sound. It does this by finding combinations […]

David Kay on knowledge sharing challenges

David Kay is one of the best knowledge management consultants (if not best consultants) I’ve known.  As anyone who knows him will attest, David’s one of the few consultants that ‘gets it’.  Real change in organizations, particularly with knowledge management, is not as much about technology implementation as it is about process transformation.  And, process […]

End of an era in knowledge management

Earlier today, Oracle announced an agreement to acquire knowledge management vendor InQuira.  Given InQuira’s deep integration with legacy Oracle products, and despite partnerships with SAP and Genesys, it was just a matter of time that Oracle absorbed InQuira.  R.Ray Wang explains why Oracle finally pulled the trigger: InQuira “is one of the top knowledge management vendors […]

The Powerset acquisition and what it means for Microsoft’s enterprise software business

Since the rumor about Microsoft’s $100M acquisition broke last week (now no longer a rumor, but a fact), I’ve had several people ask me on my take of where Microsoft is headed with this new tool in its search toolbox. First let me frame my angle here. Over the last four years I’ve worked in […]