Frequently Asked Questions

This post provides short answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the terraAI (a.k.a. TAI) project.

  1. Q: What is TAI about, briefly?
    A: TAI is an open-source crowd-driven knowledge-based on-line platform for building practical smart applications.

  2. Q: What kind of smart applications is TAI trying to build?
    A: The first application is likely to be a browser-based or mobile app that can act as an intelligent personal assistant. It differs from the commercial intelligent assistants in many ways, see TO BE FILLED for details.

  3. Q: What's the current status of the TAI project?
    A: It is currently at the design phase. Nothing is available for you to try at this time. Check TAI's to-do list for more details regarding where we are, and what's coming next.

  4. Q: Looks like a huge project. Wouldn't it take an extremely long time to complete its goals?
    A: Yes, indeed. We plan to tackle the scale of this project as follows:

    1. Encourage public participation at all levels. See here for more details.
    2. Aim to build something simpler that offers useful feature in the near term, but at the same time also adhering to the long-term design goals.
    3. Find quality open-source code libraries to ease the workload.
    4. Build an online collaborative environment for better communication among participants.
    5. Use a live onion architecture to improve development efficiency
  5. Q: What kind of short-term applications can be found for such as large project?

  6. Q: What are TAI's long term goals?
    A: Our long-term vision is a build up an infrastructure that allows a broad and open knowledge base to be built, with contribution from all levels of the general public. Such a knowledge base is key to the creation of many smart applications. See the TAI Manifesto for more details.

  7. Q. can you give some quick analogies that explain what TAI is about?
    A: Such analogies could be somewhat over-simplified and misleading, but here goes:

    1. You can think of TAI as the next-generation Wikipedia, except that it's end result is not a text corpus intended for human consumption, but rather a knowledge base suitable for driving smart software applications.
    2. TAI's goal is to produce a knowledge base just like DBpedia, but TAI opts for the crowd-driven and machine learning approach.