What can Microsoft teach us about the JFK story?

“Cognitive search” is Microsoft’s concept and tool; use computing power to capture analyze massive amounts of data found in the latest JFK files.

But the example these engineers give is not exactly inspiring.

We just ran all the content through, and right away you could see that the CIA, the FBI, and even Cuba were involved in all of this.

This statement is certainly true–the CIA, FBI and Cuba all figure in the assassination story. But we don’t need artificial intelligence to reach it. Anybody who read the Warren Commission, Church Committee or HSCA final reports know this fact.

Sociable notes that it was “purely coincidental” Microsoft brought this new service to market at the very same time that the last of the JFK files were in the news. In April President Trump released thousands of JFK files while keeping redactions in at least 15,834 other JFK documents.

The question is whether AI and Machine Learning can bring us to new conclusions about the JFK case. I don’t dismiss the possibility. I just don’t think we yet have the right questions for the cognitive search technology..

So I want to put this to the technologists and programmers out there: Can AI give us new, empirical, verifiable insights about the JFK story? If so, how?

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