Undiscovered public knowledge discovery is a line of §Augmented Knowledge Generation that is based on the premise that 1) there is a body of public knowledge and you can create new knowledge by creating new connections between pieces of that public knowledge. Public knowledge is stuff that’s not in people’s heads but has been encoded in papers, databases, etc.
Something something relaxing constraint of someone with expertise in both areas needing to discover
Outside of biology, chemistry, and materials science approaches to undiscovered public knowledge either look like paper search engines (Commercial approaches to UPKD act like specialized search engines) or are at proof-of-concept stage.
Abstractly - there is a spectrum of approaches to UPKD between using only the forms of existing public knowledge and changing the form of public knowledge.
Note that these are not mutually exclusive. Originally I was going to have two separate sections - one for Biology and one for Chemistry and Materials science. But when I went to write them, the approaches are actually very similar.
UPKD assumes that all valuable knowledge is both written down somewhere and interpretable when you find it.
UPKD requires public knowledge to be both discoverable and interpretable in order to produce useful results.
Discovery is less useful for making things happen than interpretability. In its platonic form, pure discovery approaches would give you the exact piece of literature you need at the exact moment you need it. However, real experience suggests that Just having the piece of literature doesn’t solve the problem. Therefore, The limiting reagent for UPKD is better methods for increasing interpretability.
People have known about random connections being useful forever - see vannevar bush and the memes.
Undiscovered Public Knowledge (Paper) laid down the philosophical groundwork in 1986.
How the fuck would you encode these things Gmail