Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Philosophy and the NSA

Wikipedia defines ontology in two ways: "The term ontology has its origin in philosophy, where it is the name of a fundamental branch of metaphysics concerned with existence. According to Tom Gruber at Stanford University, the meaning of ontology in the context of computer science, however, is 'a description of the concepts and relationships that can exist for an agent or a community of agents.' He goes on to specify that an ontology is generally written, 'as a set of definitions of formal vocabulary.'"

Somehow, the intelligence community uses this applied philosopy. And they're talking about it this week "in the shadow of the National Security Agency." Read about it here.

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