RE: does the semantic 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. len 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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