Robert Lefkowitz, “The Semasiology of Open Source (Part III)”, OSCON 2007, IT Conversations 2006/07/26

Liz Evans writes:

In a fascinating synthesis, Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz polishes up his exposition on the evolving meaning of the term ‘open source’. This intellectual joy-ride draws on some of the key ideas in artificial intelligence to probe the role of language, meaning and context in computing and the software development process. Like Wittgenstein’s famous thought experiment, the open source ‘beetle in a box’ can represent different things to different people, bearing interesting fruit for philosophers and software creators alike.

IT Conversations: Robert Lefkowitz

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One comment on “Robert Lefkowitz, “The Semasiology of Open Source (Part III)”, OSCON 2007, IT Conversations 2006/07/26
  1. daviding says:

    I had enjoyed the two previous talks that I heard from Robert Lefkowitz: “The Semasiology of Open Source”, presented at OSCON 2004, and The Semasiology of Open Source (Part 2), presented at OSCON 2005.

    In this talk, Lefkowitz provided a good summary of the Language Action Perspective, going back to the work of Terry Winograd and Fernando Flores in Understanding Computers and Cognition. He specifically references the ACM special issue on the Language Action perspective, that I previously blogged about.

    I recommend this talk to people who are interested in depth. Lefkowitz gets into philosophy quite rapidly, but his style is casual and entertaining, so perhaps it’s an easy entry into a perspective with great depth.

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