Connecting Knowledge to Experience

Connecting Knowledge to Experience

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Connecting Knowledge to Experience

Here’s David Amerland​ explaining the crucial importance that search has to artificial intelligence – and vice versa. Lots of practical advice for marketers towards the end too.

I’m calling out a passage that speaks to something I’ve been thinking about recently:

Knowledge, once collected, analyzed and understood, frequently gives rise to metadata that is abstract and which connects real-life, tangible events with the more ethereal needs and intent of a person. This is why a murder (a tangible, real-life event) cannot reasonably have a suspect who does not have means, motive and opportunity (or in search terms: access, context and intent). These are the basic requirements for connecting what’s inside a person’s head with what he does in the world we see and touch (and search now plays a key role even in murder convictions).

(No, I haven’t been thinking about murder, just to be clear.) I’ve been thinking about the connection between abstract knowledge — you know of the kind that Plato was fond of speaking about — and the way we humans connect that knowledge to our own experience.

Rudolph Steiner once described this process as our perceptual reality coming together with a conceptual reality through a kind of medium of our personal mental images. We map the two together. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that this is one the essential keys to nothing short of the way we humans learn, the way we bridge messy experience into logic.

What David’s piece for me thinking about is how this bridging process shows up in our technological reality, our “Technium” (to borrow from Kevin Kelly). Could it be that metadata are the breadcrumbs of that mapping process, that integration of perceptual and conceptual reality — a visible sign of our mental images and the meaning-making prices itself?

#search #knowledge #meaning


  1. It’s probably critical to biological intelligence as well.

  2. As long as we’re human, there’s akways a bridging through the various stages of consciousness.

  3. Metadata, you mean, Darius Gabriel Black​?

  4. No, I mean search. It’s probably critical to biological intelligence.

  5. I guess my point is more philosophical – in that life, in my view, is a search algorithm.

  6. I think I may actually know what you’re talking about.

    Searching for what, Darius Gabriel Black?

  7. Darius Gabriel Black

    Curiosity might be closer to a philosophical description of life’s search :))

  8. A mate to call it’s home? Or self-actualization?

  9. Yes, I think the drive to wisdom, Darius Gabriel Black, the pull of the Tree of Knowledge, so to speak. And Learning is the key. I think it’s really interesting to look at the drive of Curiosity in that learning process too, Ron Serina.

  10. “Technium” is an awesome concept Gideon Rosenblatt – thank you for adding your thoughts to this.

  11. Gideon Rosenblatt you wrote I’ve been thinking about the connection between abstract knowledge — you know of the kind that Plato was fond of speaking about — and the way we humans connect that knowledge to our own experience.

    Do a deep dive on Cortical Columns

    Those working on computer driven artificial intelligence learned a few things while studying the human brain that were key for advancing AI.

    To your point on connecting knowledge, we’ve learned enough about how the human brain works that we can mimic it for the purpose of AI but we are unable to act on this same new found understanding for how the brain works to profoundly change our education system.

    Collecting abstract knowledge and then testing to see if this knowledge was memorized is how factory education has worked for more than 100 years.

    The meta data that surrounds real world situations we encounter is collected and stored in individual cortical columns. These cortical columns of stored connected knowledge are the physical representation of intelligence. They are the building blocks of curiosity, grit, and hope. They are searchable because they contain so much rich meta data around a single remembered circumstance that happened in our life.

    Abstract knowledge that our schools focus on are disconnected bits and bytes waiting to be pruned. When was the last time you put that algebra or spanish you took in high school to work for you in a meaningful way?

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