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There are some very successful technologies out there that are
essentially powered by the people. PageRank is a great example of that.
> Which makes it suitable for picking the contestants on
> American Idol but probably not for picking tools to
> use in surgery.
> The problem of the 'wisdom of crowds' is knowing
> 'crowds of what?' in advance of applying the wisdom.
> It's not simply a matter of merging but also of
> knowing what levels of abstract to concrete terms
> a merged term belongs to.
> object -> vehicle -> car
> merge: transportation
> The problem of Darwinian systems is that some
> competitors agree not to compete and also to
> eliminate the third party, aka, market fixing.
> That is the chimp way. You are building a
> chimp ontology.
> That's fine. Chimps need them.
> From: ROR [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Hi Jonathan,
> Good questions! I think the best way to look at the meaningfuel wiki
> is as some sort of "natural selection metadata". Some terms will
> vanish after two weeks, other more adequate terms, will live
> Similar terms (i.e. from different ontologies) will compete, and
> too, only the most adequate ones will survive.
> >From time to time we plan to produce a release of the dictionary,
> which will only contain those terms that have reached sufficient
> stability and maturity.