Contribution received to the FET Flagships consultation:Meaning: universal multisensorial meaning representation stimulating tailored information exchange
Author: Vincent Vandeghinste, KU Leuven
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In today's information society people and machines are confronted with lots of information, anywhere, all the time. The amount of information provided by the Internet of Things, Smart Cities and Social Media is still growing, leading to an information overflow. Most information is only relevant at certain moments (everyday life, travel) for certain users (customized). On the other hand, relevant information may be missed, because it is not tailored to the needs of the specific user. This can be due to a language barrier between the user and the information, cultural or social bias, profile mismatches between user and target group, mental and physical capacities requiring adapted information or medium of communication, ... Information is not restricted to spoken or written form, but can also be visual (icons, pictures, video), tangible (braille, 3D prints), or smellable. In order to deliver the requested, personalized kind of information (per individual user, per situation) the full meaning of the information (i.e. the denotation and the connotation) that can be communicated in any form should be automatically derived and encoded/decoded in a universal representation, as soon as it becomes available. This should be irrespective of the language and culture of origin, the topic of information, or the humanness of the agents. When deemed useful, it becomes available to a user (person, machine) in the appropriate, tailored format.
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