[R] What happenes with R-gnome?

Ted Catchpole eac at ma.adfa.edu.au
Fri Sep 1 02:18:20 CEST 2000

My half-cent's worth:

There's something to be said for the Matlab "handle graphics" paradigm, in
that it lets you create graphs much as in R, but then allows the interactive
editing of a graph, from the command line or via the gui, after it has been
drawn. (See 

On Fri, 01 Sep 2000, you wrote: > I've studied Artificial intelligence a
bit and what seems the most important > hurdle in the interaction of
human-machine at this time is what is called > "common sense" or how to
implement it. We human spent a lifetime learning > and treating trivial stuff
that we take for granted in a way. When we try to > create an application to
recognize natural language for example, we find > ourselves dealing with
complicated math, stats and other esoteric algorithms > and they all lack the
capacity to handle trivial stuff as we routinely do. > Although we achieve a
certain degree of success in a few very specific and > narrow fields like in
medicine for example. These applications pale in > comparison to what our
"lowly" * brain can do in a blink of an eye. >  > It seem to me like we'll have
to invent machines that can learn by > themselves (at least this common sense
stuff)before we can see my dream come > true. I can even say that 20-30 years
may a bit optimistic unless a kind of > Einstein of the knowledge reveal itself
relatively soon! >  > * In terms of speed
> Regards
> Yves Gauvreau
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Martyn Plummer" <plummer at iarc.fr>
> To: "Yves Gauvreau" <cyg at sympatico.ca>
> Cc: "R mailing list" <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>; "R mailing list"
> <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>; "Paul E Johnson" <pauljohn at ukans.edu>; "Douglas
> Bates" <bates at stat.wisc.edu>; "Peter Dalgaard BSA"
> <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk>
> Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 12:22 PM
> Subject: Re: [R] What happenes with R-gnome?
> > On 31-Aug-00 Yves Gauvreau wrote:
> > > I dream of the day when systems and applications will isolate completely
> the
> > > user from the specifics of the implementations. In other words the
> systems
> > > and applications would be sufficiently "intelligent" to interpret what
> the
> > > user ask verbally, ask for clarifications if necessary, query the
> pertinent
> > > data, perform whatever task are necessary and produce the output of the
> > > query in a form suitable for the problem at end and some.
> >
> > That sounds a lot like my job, or a large part of it anyway.
> >
> > > I'm still young maybe in 20-30 years will have something à la StarTrek.
> >
> > I hope not.
> >
> > Martyn.
> >
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