As humans, we need context and narrative to discern the meanings of facial expressions, word usage, and many other life situations. This is what makes us different from say, animals and machines.

This interesting information was brought to our attention by The Atlantic in their article, “What It Means That Computers Can Tell These Smiles Apart, But You Can’t.” The need for semantic understanding has created a whole area of science and technology that is constantly trying to create machines as sensitive or more sensitive than humans.

Semantic technology allows enterprises to monitor and assess information contained in Web-based conversations and unstructured information to interpret their context. Semantic technology acts as your own research firm by indexing all words, images, etc. against an established taxonomy. Semantic technology may well change how we interact with the world via the Internet.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.