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From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>> Nothing that I know of offhand. Can it cope with inconsistencY
>> of assertions?
>Can the Web cope with conflicting statements and differences in opinion
>expressed in content?
The Web is not a machine making judgements.
>> Can it actually work without an
>> "ontology authority" to maintain trust and consistency across domains?
>Can the Web work without a linking authority to guarantee links, and to
>establish trust of content?
The web is not a machine attempting to make judgements based on untrustworthy
>> Will the spammers, pornographers, and assorted slimeballs co-opt it
>> for their purposes?
>Can the Web survive the coopting of spammers, pornographers, and assorted
>slimeballs? How about specific Web facilities such as Google?
Yes but the rate of dirt in the system is steadily climbing to the point
that some people have to maintain special secret email accounts just to
keep the spam and porn hawkers out and specialized ISPs that guarantee
to eliminate the porn are adverstised on national TV. If that is your
measure of the success that RDF must match, your standards of measurement
are flawed. Maybe we should learn from history and not try to duplicate
the "success" of the web. One might consider that kind of marketing
to be antipathetical to a semantic web.
>> All that remains to be seen.
>Ah, but will you admit it if/when you see it? :-)
I doubt that it will be seen. It might be felt. The problem
is using machines for these tasks without some provisions to
ensure that critical choices get human vetting.