Monday, April 05, 2010

Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags


This is the title of a powerful treatise written by Clay Shirky, in which he strives to "convince you that a lot of what we think we know about categorization is wrong."  Much thanks to David Weinberger's blog www.everythingismiscellaneous.com for pointing out this article.  The take home message is quite similar to some of the "Beyond Categories" ideas I've tried to promulgate in my meager attempt to understand why progress in computer vision has reached a standstill.  For anybody interested in understanding the limitations of classical systems of categorization, this article is a worth a read.