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RE: First Order Logic and Semantic Web RE: NPR, Godel, Semantic W eb
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Danny Ayers <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 12:03:36 -0500
Google doesn't answer questions. It returns hits.
A knowledge base answers questions. How credible
are the answers? That is when authority, legitimacy,
etc. begin to be issues.
<assert>Jeb is having an affair</assert>
Ok, what can he say about that assertion?
What can he do about the existence of the
assertions? Not much.
Neither could Clinton. Let's
launch a multi-million dollar
investigation due to conclude just
before the next election.
Force has limits one hopes.
In the wide open case where
relevancy ranking, thesauri, etc.
are applied to searching such as
Google, expect gaming. In the
business models where high dollar
transactions depend on the quality
of the information, expect costs
and closed systems with limited
Where kids, crazies, zealots, and
so on are building knowledge bases,
expect tests and the occasional
knock on the door.
Anyway, it is a question of cost
and ROI. Anyone can put up a web
page. A knowledge base will require
skill. Can it be gamed? Certainly.
Will that matter? It depends.
How exchange affects results depends
on goals. Some are met, some are
not and some are of questionable value.
I don't fear the SW.
I fear people who can't tell the difference
between a person's opinion and a machine's opinion
or think that either has facts believable out
of context. Whatever the SW is or is supposed
to become, it ain't magic.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Danny Ayers [mailto:email@example.com]
>> Len's postulate that SW can only operate in narrowly scoped domains with
>> clear authority seems a logical conclusion.
Was that Len's postulate? Anyway, where does Google get its clear authority
from? Or does it have a narrowly scoped domain?
Ok, most current e-business fits the narrow/clear model, but isn't it a bit
early to assume that business will continue using a mirror of the non-e
paradigm? Personally I'd guess that before long we'll be seeing a lot of
relatively unscoped material with negligible authority - not unlike the
first waves of static web sites.