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   Re: [xml-dev] Meta-somethingorother (was the semantic web mega-permathre

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

>Too far.  It did work last time.  AI systems, notably expert 
>systems written in languages suited to the task such as Prolog 
>or LISP work.  SGML works too. (Corrupt history leads to 
>corrupt conclusions, and that is the SemWebs biggest and 
>most intractable obstacle.)  What was learned is that AI is tedious 
>to write and difficult to scale.  Say:  expensive.  
>Following these threads, the point of the SemWeb seems to be:
>1. One language moreorless, so as cheap as possible.
>2. One language moreorless, so scaling comes of linking and that 
>   is what networks do.
>3. Applications of the linked information:  TBD.
>I agree that the frustration of STimBL down to Elliotte is in 
>item three.  Systems doing this work do it without items 
>one and two so items of type three never get on the radar.
>This may come down to 'not enough customers really want 
>machines to do this work' for reasons which are not 
>coupled to the technology.  See para 1 above.
actually, after 30 years i have finally realised that customers only 
want machines to replace pens and journals. the rest is what we'd like 
to do. sadly......

>The 'telephone to financial conversations' app is  
>called a 'link analysis' application.  Those are 
>used in the industry I work in.  Abstractly, 
>mining hidden links among loosely coupled processes can 
>be applied to other information domains.  How to treat 
>these as so-called 'proofs' is interesting because the 
>measure of 'proof' always takes in more 'proof systems' 
>and rules.  The measures of proof for a technician repairing 
>an engine and that of a judge deciding if a warrant is 
>merited are not the same.
>From: Miles Sabin [mailto:miles@milessabin.com]
>For seconds, I think it's quite reasonable to question whether it's 
>worth even bothering to read TFM if it's more or less the same old 
>stuff that didn't work last time with no reasonable expectation that 
>the new twist (angle brackets and URIs) is going to help find a useful 
>route out of the blind alley.
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