- Jun 2016
To resolve ambiguity is to add meaning and interpretation to information.
I wonder how, in its use here, ambiguity is akin to curation. Noun v verb? Is v am?
The question that ambiguity evokes: what am I looking at? The question that uncertainty evokes: what do I do with what I am looking at?
Does the first question precede the second as we move through the world?
there is an aspect to information processing that is not a "doing" skill but a "seeing" skill: this is ambiguity wrangling.
What Rao sez,
We live in a world with gradually increasing levels of uncertainty and ambiguity. Over the last few decades we've become much more comfortable with uncertainty, but still suck at dealing with ambiguity. Ambiguity is not knowing what you are looking at, as in those trick drawings that look like a rabbit one way, a duck another way. Uncertainty is not knowing what to do with what you're looking at. Unlike uncertainty, which is about missing or noisy information, ambiguity can exist even with complete, clean information. It is about interpretation and meaning, and is as such a truly creative act of seeing.