Tuesday, December 10, 2002

The Thinking Web

"This fundamental shift in web publishing will have far-reaching repercussions for web search engines. Rather than visit a search engine and trawl through a flat listing of possible matches, users will be able to issue high-level information requests and receive a distilled answer.

The semantic web is intended to complement humans in areas in which they do not perform well, such as processing large volumes of information quickly or analysing large texts for certain pieces of information."

"The upshot is that the semantic web may act as a 'collective memory', augmenting individual brain power and accelerating the pace of human learning and discovery. But we will need to careful about controlling its development and our dependence on it if we wish to avoid the emergence of a dystopian digital dictator."

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