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RE: Semantic Web

From: Danny Ayers <danny@isacat.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 00:48:54 +0200
To: "Gilson Teixeira \(by way of \"Ralph R. Swick\" <swick@w3.org>\)" <gilson@portalmercantil.com.br>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <EBEPLGMHCDOJJJPCFHEFCEPKDPAA.danny@isacat.net>
Hi Gilson,

In a way I think you are highlighting an interesting area of the semantic
web (lower-case 's') - there is undoubtedly potential for use of
metadata-backed information to be used by inferencing machinery to provide
some amount of intelligence to agents, that will hopefully do some drudgery
for us. On the other hand, there is a vast increasing amount of information
around in digital formats that has little chance of corresponding metadata
being provided directly (at source, or by later human annotators) that the
inferencing machine can use. IMHO, this is where techniques that come from a
more 'numeric' background (the Bayesian stuff, cruder statistics, fuzzy
logic, neural nets - data mining, basically) have a place alongside (in
places where they simply cannot go) conventional knowledge representation
(predicate logic, frames, OO etc - expert systems, basically). At present,
integration between 'numeric' and 'logical' systems is pretty rare, but I
see no problem with 'phase 1' * of the semantic web using numerically
generated material (using Bayes or whatever) alongside manually generated
data to provide metadata for predicate logic based reasoners. If a person
uses <H1> for some characters, maybe that means something, add 1 to the
total. I am optimistic that the lines between the different approaches to AI
(and those techniques that actually provide the infrastructure of the web)
will blur.

BTW, I personally believe that the names Ralph S. and Ora L. are actually
codewords from alien intelligence. I've not yet been able to come up with
the anagram that will explain it all, but perhaps one day (with the help of
the SW) I will.

* phase 0 is the WWW


Cheers,
Danny.

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Danny Ayers
http://www.isacat.net

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>        "Gilson Teixeira Jr." <gilson@portalmercantil.com.br>
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>I am from Brazil and I have just got my MA in Hypermedia Studies at the
>University of Westminster, London.
>
>I am writing an article about the future of the Internet. I am using the
>term "Man-Internet Symbiosis" inspired in
>
>a paper written in 1960 by the great scientist J.C.R. Licklider. I am also
>using Vannevar Bush  As We May Think
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>published in 1945 to sustain my ideas about the Symbiotic Internet.
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>I am not a programmer even with some technical background but I am
>interested in put together pieces of ideas,
>
>theorems and formulas that I believe will form the next step of the Wide
>World Web.
>
>I have found a very good link between Autonomy s search engine, based on
>Baynes theorem and Shannon s Information theory.
>
>In his book Weaving the Web, Berners-Lee talks about the Semantic Web when
>Computers will become capable to analyzing all the
>
>data on the Web; the content, links and transactions between people and
>computer . Do you know the Autonomy s approach to the subject?
>
>Is it necessary to develop a language to achieve such task? Could you
>explain me the different between the thoughts?
>
>I really appreciate your help.
>
>Best Regards,
>
>Gilson Teixeira
>
>MA in Hypermedia Studies
>
>University of Westminster, London
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