Part 1: New Horizons for Sensory Learning
Every volume of space, each snapshot in time, embodies a microcosm of information bursting with meaning. What’s it all for? In our modern world of smart technology, information can be offered to us in the form of services that are engineered for human consumption. In the world of (say) biology, by contrast, the rich information forms an ad hoc catalogue of diseases, cures, foodstuffs, and more, shadowing all kinds of diverse possibilities that we observe and measure ad hoc. Joined together, such snapshots recorded in space and time form a larger map of the world around us — a map of spacetime with an interpreted meaning known as semantics.
Neck deep in observations and interactions, we humans wade through a river of information as we go about our business. Some information is intentional — and can be harnessed to govern, even enhance our lives. Sometimes it appears to be just unintentional background noise that we mine for secrets about the universe — encoded rules and principles about phenomena that we strive to decrypt. The difference? Interpretation.
Figure 1: Every volume of space in time burst with information, some natural and intrinsic, other artificial and intended for smart services.