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Re: Article: SW = ( SM + SC )

From: Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 07:30:54 -0800
Message-ID: <005501c0ae2e$19a2c440$b17ba8c0@c1457248a.sttls1.wa.home.com>
To: "Lee Jonas" <lee.jonas@cakehouse.co.uk>, "'Danny Ayers'" <danny@panlanka.net>, "Frank V. Castellucci" <frankc@colconsulting.com>, "Sampo Syreeni" <decoy@iki.fi>
Cc: "David Allsopp" <dallsopp@signal.dera.gov.uk>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Hi Lee,

Your comments (below) are the clearest statement I've seen yet of a vision
that I have in my head of what is happening here.  I'd like to underline two
of the important points you made:

1) (computers *and* individuals) - This is a network not only of
wires,components, software and resources,  but also a network of people.  It
is not some monstrous thing ... rather it is just us, communicating better.

2) Individual "cells" can never be "completely aware" of the totality.  Some
may find this quality regrettable and deny it - I find it liberating and

I think you may find the following picture somewhat descriptive of the

True enough, there is much work to be done, and it would be folly for us to
let our minds get too far ahead of our fingers ... but don't we at least
know where we are going ?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Jonas" <lee.jonas@cakehouse.co.uk>

> I'd like to think that all this Semantic Web stuff is not just in order to
> create an intelligence that is comparable with a single human!
> I prefer to look at it as a complex artificial super-organism with a
> level of consciousness, whose functions are performed by its myriad and
> diverse 'cells' (computers *and* individuals).  These cells are in a
> symbiotic relationship with the super-organism, contributing to its
> existance and evolution, accutely aware of the specific cells they
> with, but never completely aware of the higher conscience in its totality.
> But maybe I'm just being daft!
> Regards
> Lee
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