O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference - March 3-6, 2006 - San Diego, CA
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Session

Hunch Engine

Eric Bonabeau, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Icosystem Corporation

Date: Tuesday, March 07
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Ballroom B

How do you look for something when you don't know what you're looking for?

Or when you know it must be there somewhere but you have no idea what it looks like?

Or when you have no idea how to formulate your query?

Or when you would like to expand your exploration to adjacent or not-so-adjacent concepts?

If your only guiding principle is the "obscenity principle"--I know it when I see it--you need not a search engine but a hunch engine.

A hunch engine uses interactive evolutionary algorithms to help users navigate large spaces, combining the ability of computers to sift through massive amounts of data and that unique human ability to see "stuff" (sometimes even when stuff is not there) with their right brains. The hunch engine enables a form of "high-throughput screening by humans."

Bonabeau presents applications that relate to consumer data mining, drug discovery, and web search.



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