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The Periodic Table of Cognition

Posted by direwolff on January 11, 2005

What if you had access to a technology that was dubbed the periodic table of cognition by mathematicians and scientists who had taken the time to deeply review it? What if this technology was the closest thing to software that could identify ambiguous concepts within articles or communications of all sorts, or from disparate types of data (ie. Web sites, Word docs, Research Reports, etc.)? Even take the English SAT and score a 700. What if it could even get at the powerful ideas and issues being tackled by such famous literary works such as “Aesop’s Fables”? What would you do with this, how would you apply this technology in a meaningful way?

Imagine that it could outperform offerings from Verity, Autonomy, H5Technologies, Convera, and others, take much less time to operationalize and deploy, and was available in an open source model. Likely it’s closest competitor technology-wise (though not application-wise) was Applied Semantics, before Google acquired them. Hmmm…intriguing isn’t it?

I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with the team from a technology company named Management Information Technologies, Inc. (aka. MITi) that has produced a superior search/categorization engine named Readware. After much work and many years in the field, their theories are proving to be correct in field use with several large companies in Germany (including an OEM deal with Gauss (the content management company), now part of OpenText), and now they’re beginning to get attention from the academic community in the U.S. They have basically built a natural taxonomy for language that enables the simplification of the complexity associated with traditional semantic networks. Where such systems normally need to maintain connections and relations between all of the words represented in the domain that they’re tackling, Readware has found a grouping taxonomy that enables the connections and relations to take place between the groups of words, not between the words themselves, hence reducing the complexity of the network by two orders of magnitude. This grouping taxonomy goes far beyond the idea of synonyms tables.

MITi is contemplating going open source with Readware as the applications for the technology are varied and they’d prefer to see the technology used than it being held back until MITi can develop all of these. It’s too important of a technology not to share it.

Already they are being approached to have their technology used for compliance applications in the financial services industry, where they can more easily than other technologies, detect improper terms or ideas being discussed over IM in near-real-time and in e-mail. The Readware code is also written very tightly and as a result is very high performing and can be embedded in firmware. This could be powerful in mobile applications. Other areas for which they’re getting attention include recommendation engines and contextual content matching.

Would love to hear any comments or thoughts others might have given how cool this technology is, and how broadly it can be applied. I’m already giving thought to applying their tech along side affiliate programs where one would take product databases and have these contextually matched for content sites wanting to generate more revenues. Kind of like a Google AdSense for specific databases of products rather than the free-for-all currently happening with that program.

Go to Readware‘s site to read more about it:


One Response to “The Periodic Table of Cognition”

  1. Wiki Lover said

    Well with wiki i noticed there is a danger of…..

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