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Common Sense Computing Initiative
When people communicate, they rely on a large body of shared common sense knowledge in order to understand each other. Many barriers we face today in artificial intelligence and user interface design are due to the fact that computers do not share this knowledge. To improve computers’ understanding of the world that people live in and talk about, we need to provide them with usable knowledge about the basic relationships between things that nearly every person knows.In 1999, we began a project at the MIT Media Lab to collect common sense from volunteers on the internet. Ten years later our project has expanded to encompass many different areas, languages, and problems. Currently, the English site has over a million sentences from over 15,000 contributors.
Programming Achievements: How to Level Up as a Developer
How does a good developer become a great developer? Forget greatness for a moment: How does a decent developer become a good developer? There is no definitive path from Step 1 to Step n. Heck, it’s not even clear what Step n is. And as logically-minded developer types, the lack of a well-defined route can make for a daunting journey from novice to master.I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the last few years bumping up against this conundrum. What’s next? How do I go from being a good developer to a being really good developer?