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  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Meta-somethingorother (was the semantic web mega-permathread thing)
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <len.bullard@intergraph.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 14:26:37 -0500

Then it comes down to what one can believe about the power 
of market forces to achieve optimum results (it's nonlinear 
so no guarantees).

Which is why there will always be some suspicion of the results 
of what the agents tell us.   The semantic web will be just as 
'superstitious' as the humans, but possibly able to detect that 
better or at least, more willingly (needs vetting systems).  If 
the agent is constrained as to which other agents it can play 
with, it has the same bias problems as human supply chains.

By the way, it has nothing at all to do with the ontology 
being *proprietary* and everything to do with how many and who 
agree that it is *right* given some question, e.g,;

a) Was Reagan a great President?
b) Who invented XML?
c) Was the Trojan Horse real?
d) What is the fate of Harry Potter?

What will it do with those?  Of course, the ontology is just 
the beginning for getting answers to these.  Agents are more 
than happy faces on ontologies.   Applications to answer those 
questions go beyond the power of ontologies.  Yet I can:

a) There is no right answer.  Only opinion.
b) There is an accurate answer and there is the market answer.
c) It hasn't been proven.  Insufficient evidence.
d) It isn't known.

It will be interesting to see how aggregation of semantic metadata 
by harvesting WinFS metadatabases works out.   I guess it returns 
something like what Google returns now.

Then it will be interesting to enable agents to simulate 
situations and see if we get the same results we do for 
human games for situational analysis.  We've discussed 
this here before: situational games are way better 
predictors than statistics.


From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org]

d) you want to develop a completely proprietary ontology and provide no

The Semantic Web - vision or technologies - doesn't depend on these
mappings existing since it has to (and does) support case d).  Of
course, the more instances of case d) out there, the fewer cases of
open, ad-hoc integration we'll see, but that has little to do with the
technology, and everything to do with market forces.


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