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> From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com]
> >> 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.

Nor is the Semantic Web (for any definition I've seen of the Semantic Web).

> >> 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 
> information.

Nor is the Semantic Web.

> >> 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.

Maybe capitalism is flawed because there are still crooks that can filch your 

I think that anyone arguing that the Semantic Web can somehow do away with 
abuse is flawed.

I've never had problems with these deficiencies with the Web because I've 
never had the need to live in a clean, orderly, concordant Universe.  I won't 
have a problem with the same deficiencies in SW, either.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/py.html
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/index.php/article/articleview/663/1/24/
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