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RE: does the semantic web matter?

web matter
No disagreement.  I was commenting that if we 
took those criteria too seriously, we'd wipe 
out a lot of nascent efforts.   The Semantic 
Web may never live up to the hype.  But let's 
be clear that the technologies undergirding it 
are not new, have been proven to work in 
some applications, and continue to work in 
those applications.   The difference here is 
whether or not a unified namespace approach 
will enable expert system type applications 
to scale to very large systems.  That was the 
wall they hit in earlier work.   I wouldn't 
ignore the KR community.  That is a mistake 
and produces the kind of technical adventures 
that characterized the dot.bomb.

I think it will germinate and will produce 
some useful products.  After all, there are 
proven designs for flying cars back to the 
1930's.  They never became popular but that 
hasn't stopped the research into building 
better ones.  Given the long waits at the 
airports these days, they may be about to 
become popular again.  Charter flight services 
are booming. ;-)

But I won't buy stock *just* because a company 
promises SW technology.


From: Bill de hOra [mailto:dehora@e...]

> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len):
> > 
> Do the other as well.   Based on those, 
> the Semantic Web, DAML, OIL, and maybe
> RDF are headed for the heap too.

Maybe. I wouldn't describe the semantic web as a technology, more
like a story of what might be; it's an old story really.


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