Following a quiet two-plus year gestation period, G2 came to life January 28th, 2011 – one year ago today – when I formally announced its existence here: Sensemaking on Streams – My G2 Skunk Works Project: Privacy by Design (PbD).
“This new technology, something that might be characterized as a “big data analytic sensemaking” engine, is designed to make sense of new observations as they happen, fast enough to do something about it, while the transaction is still happening.”
Oh, the difference a year makes. Over the last twelve months G2 has evolved in many ways. Three of the more exciting characteristics to emerge are:
Orders of Magnitude, appreciation of
G2 now has the ability to consider proportions when determining the best way to count things … evolving counting methods in real-time, without external influence (humans). There is a big difference between zero, one, two, three, etc. But at some point why take the effort to increment a counter from 4,090,223 to 4,090,224? Why is this important? Imagine how much attention it would take if you had to keep an exact count of everything you had ever seen. What a waste. In the interest of saving its energy for more important tasks, G2 starts using orders of magnitude to optimize its resources. Of course, G2 can be told to keep exact counts (despite scale); if an exact count is needed from time to time, G2 will count them, one-by-one.
Geospatial and Temporal Reasoning, use of
G2 is showing early promise in the area of geospatial and temporal reasoning. Using the basic physics principle “Two different things cannot occupy the same space at the same time,” G2 can more accurately assert when things are the same. Also, G2 can now tell the difference between something happening “here and now” versus “then and there.” If you were reading a book about the 1906 fire that swept through San Francisco, you would not be freaking out about the danger, filling the bathtub and watering the roof of your house. No, you understand that this is information about “then and there,” not “here and now.” Why is this important? When it comes to making recommendations about a “next best action,” if one doesn’t take into account geospatial and temporal factors, be prepared for a slew of bogus recommendations.
Confusion, awareness of
And, just today, G2 suddenly developed the ability to notice when it becomes confused about something, making “note to self” about this important fact. This awareness of confusion is triggered when facts appear to disagree. If someone has three phone numbers – no big deal. On the other hand, if someone has five different dates of birth, that just doesn’t seem quite right does it? That would be confusing. Why is this important? Well, if you are looking to analytics to make important decisions, wouldn’t you want to know during the decision making process if there was related confusion … before action is taken?
While G2 is showing no signs of evolving any motor function any time soon … the cognitive advances we are seeing and the benefits we hope this will bring society … make these exciting times.
Happy Birthday G2!
Jeff Jonas and the entire
G2 Development Team
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