RDF is NOT about machine inferencing? Wow. It isn't the inference of course; it is the action taken on the inference that counts. One can hide a lot of shenanigans in there by claiming to ignore or abjure responsibility for the output of a program; yet taking action on bad output and later claiming, "well we just didn't have our facts straight". We can live without the air scrubbers on the power and steel mills, without the convertors on our cars, without the rubber bumpers on the highway medians, and so forth. In fact, we did. It's uglier. Anyway, for the small numbers of applications to which RDF is put today, there isn't much to worry about, and the Semantic Web, so far, is still a pipe dream. What Me Worry? len -----Original Message----- From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@f...] > From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@f...] > > >> Nothing that I know of offhand. Can it cope with inconsistencY > >> of assertions? > > >Can the Web cope with conflicting statements and differences in opinion > >expressed in content? > > The Web is not a machine making judgements. Nor is the Semantic Web (for any definition I've seen of the Semantic Web). Maybe capitalism is flawed because there are still crooks that can filch your money? I think that anyone arguing that the Semantic Web can somehow do away with abuse is flawed. I've never had problems with these deficiencies with the Web because I've never had the need to live in a clean, orderly, concordant Universe. I won't have a problem with the same deficiencies in SW, either.
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