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   RE: [xml-dev] XML/RDF

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RDF is NOT about machine inferencing?  Wow.

It isn't the inference of course; it is the action 
taken on the inference that counts. One 
can hide a lot of shenanigans in there by 
claiming to ignore or abjure responsibility 
for the output of a program; yet taking action 
on bad output and later claiming, "well we 
just didn't have our facts straight".  

We can live without the air scrubbers on 
the power and steel mills, without the convertors 
on our cars, without the rubber bumpers on the 
highway medians, and so forth.  In fact, we did. 
It's uglier.

Anyway, for the small numbers of applications to 
which RDF is put today, there isn't much to worry 
about, and the Semantic Web, so far, is still a 
pipe dream.

What Me Worry?


-----Original Message-----
From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com]
> 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).
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.


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