Kutachi Project

The emerging report from the Kutachi project. This is a collaborative project to develop a formal vocabulary for logical elegance based on intuitive perception of form.


Published: 23 Jul 2013

I won't say much about this. The ideas should stand on their own.

The overall project started a long time ago as a radical approach to solve a vexing general problem. Not being able to reason over situations or have concepts situationally interpreted was and still is a profound drag on us.

Early in the project it became obvious that we need a new class of interface. Our quest for novel interfaces was as ambitious and unfettered by convention as the reasoning infrastructure. For much of the project, it was all we could mention in public.

Some early concepts focused on musical instruments because we thought, “hey, people do communicate at this level. This is what has evolved.” We tried this, and some other things you can imagine and found that they require extraordinary skills to operate expertly and music does not fit our requirements. What we need is the ability to shift between traditional paradigms (examining facts) and the new paradigm. We are pretty limited to visual interfaces, with the basic mode being a two-dimensional screen. The ability to interact as if we were working with something with physical properties is useful. By this time we are well away from music, but not from dance. Haptics is probably good. The physics of the inside world cannot mimic reality but be close in important ways.

We got involved in a professional society that studies form in the context of art (or culture) and science (or mathematics). We've made deep investments in it which you can read on a site we maintain for the Kutachi Project in the context of the Society.

We subsequently had the idea to combine the FilmsFolded work with the Kutachi work and create a novel web service for annotating movies with sensitivity to situated and soft characteristics. The funding went only part of the way, and the startup will be revived. During this time, we collected the material presented here.

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