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Re: EE Times - Sony lab tips 'emergent semantics' to make sense of Web

From: Richard Newman <r.newman@reading.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 09:49:03 +0000
Message-Id: <ED10B06F-2F0F-11D9-8068-000A95D338FC@reading.ac.uk>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
To: Arjohn Kampman <arjohn.kampman@aduna.biz>

Arjohn,

   Thanks for the pointer. Here are my thoughts.

"based on just-patented emergent-semantics principles"

Great, that's what we need to solve interoperability --- a patented 
approach. Also, it would appear from the methodology (essentially, 
exploiting usage to attach some semantics) that the annotation is quite 
broad. An example is their "genre" annotation, where a cloud of 
music-sharing agents, through large numbers of exchanges, accrete a 
concept of genre. Who knows how this (a) maps to human concepts 
("postmodern rainbow funk") or (b) generalises and scales (categories 
for literature or poetry?).

I've also seen work previously on evolving a lexicon for interacting 
agents --- it's attaching the meaning to the real world that's the 
problem. For that, you always need people.

"a top-down approach, such as the Semantic Web"

... riiight. I never knew that we had to get our ontologies checked and 
agreed by the W3C!

As always, nice idea, Sony, but solving the wrong problem and patenting 
it.

IMO, of course!

-R

On Nov 5, 2004, at 09:23, Arjohn Kampman wrote:

>
> Someone just notified me of the following article on EE Times:
>
> http://www.eetimes.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=51201131
>
> "As the World Wide Web Consortium hammers out specifications on how to
> recode the databases of the world so that natural-language queries can
> be intelligently answered online, Sony Corp. says it has found a better
> way."
>
> Don't know what to think of this article. Is it for real? Comments,
> anyone?
>
> Arjohn
>
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