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Re: What Happened to the Semantic Web?

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:36:08 +0000 (UTC)
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <447076014.336963.1508103368167@mail.yahoo.com>
"The point is that SPARQL won over superior alternatives, and that we can *still learn* from those alternatives even though they did not become widely deployed standards. SPARQL won not due to its technological superiority, but because of other factors such as easing the mental transition from SQL."

"Measuring success by market share is a dangerous thing."
Methinks Cognitive Dissonance is neither Simultaneity nor Synchronicity.

      From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
 To: public-lod@w3.org 
 Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:18 PM
 Subject: Re: What Happened to the Semantic Web?
   
On 10/13/17 7:16 AM, Sean B. Palmer wrote:
> N3QL as Betamax made me laugh. Windows was thought by some to be
> inferior to Linux, BSD, the Mac OSes, or BeOS, etc., and people
> wondered why Windows won.


Sean,

Widows didn't win anything, if anything it dealt a fatal wound to
Microsoft. On a bigger scale, haven't you noticed that a majority of
data breaches are aided by Windows at some point in the process?

Measuring success by market share is a dangerous thing.  Look at the
impact of Facebook, Google, and Twitter on the world today. They've
inadvertently turned the Web in a tool of societal destruction [1]. For
instance, look at the following challenges:

[1] Security Breaches

[2] Fake News

[3] Death of civil dialog and debate.

Rather than question the viability and notion of a Semantic Web on the
basis of perceive market share, shouldn't we be looking to identify real
problems that a Semantic Web solves, uniquely?

The Web needs to be saved, and the only way it can be saved is by
amplifying the fact that is has a richer dimension where every entity
(real or imagined) is identified by a HTTP URI and that the semantics of
entity relationship types are both machine and human comprehensible.
That dimension of the Web can handle the challenges outlined above by
providing solid foundation (pun intended) for much smarter applications
and services.

Links:

[1]
https://www.recode.net/2017/10/6/16419388/facebook-google-twitter-russia-ads-2016-election-president-donald-trump
-- Silicon Valley’s Russian ads problem, explained-ish .

Related

[1] https://github.com/solid/solid-spec#overview -- Overview of Solid .

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