Posts Tagged ‘semantic web’

Web 3.0

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

You know timing really is everything. Just the other day, I explained the semantic web. At the time, I didn’t realize how many projects were already near completion to help those predictions about more intelligent computers to come true. Well, CIRCULATE is the product CircLabs of three entrepreneurs who want to take us into the POST-search world. The project is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In other words, the computers will no longer need you to continuously put words into a search engine. They will be smart enough to basically keep track of you and provide the information it thinks you want. The computer will connect the dots in your virtual life and make suggestions based on the data it has about you.

Collecta is real time search now, that’s where Google meets Twitter. Circulate is beyond real time and shifts to the future, what happens after you search, that’s where Google meets Epic 2015.

This all sounds wonderful, but alas, there are many legal and privacy issues to consider. When these “smart” computers can recognize who you are and what you want and possibly provide others with ways to identify you, without your express permission, then what? Everything on the web is already public and permanent. Which means given the technology that Mozilla is working on that will help identify people virtually and pull up their live Twitter feed, you are a public figure whether you want to be one or not.

That opens another can of worms, who is a celebrity? Just because you are the subject of a news story, are you a public figure? How will democracy be affected if people choose not to participate because they do not wish to be identified?

Mind you, tracking is already in full effect, thanks to Radio Frequency Identification, RFID chips, the tags are on most anything you buy.

I know this is a LOT to swallow, so I’ll give you some time to digest it. Just realize by the time you finish this, there will be more to come, indigestion is inevitable.

Semantic Web

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

I am finally catching up on some extra reading about the Semantic Web. I’ve heard the term for years but really didn’t get it. Here’s my take on it. Replace the word “semantic” with “romantic.” The semantic web is about relationships. It’s a way for the computer to make ideas meaningful on line. It’s the computers best attempt to read your mind. Tim Berners-Lee, the architect of the World Wide Web is taking his capacity for creation to the limit. He’s working on helping computers connect information in amazing ways. Think about it this way, if a human can’t read your mind, maybe the computer can.

He can’t guarantee that this will happen but in the linked article, it says that if say you need to go out of town for a conference, based on data in the computer, it may be able to book your flight, hotel, get your transportation to and from the airport and who knows what else. Yes, no assistants or assistance needed. This would all happen virally, digitally, totally online. All you would have to do is make a final decision. Each computer would communicate with other computers across applications, platforms or otherwise. Again, this is a work in progress.

The semantic web is part of what is known as Web 3.0. This goes beyond consumer to producer, the people being able to create and distribute information which is Web 1.0. Then, it will surpass Web 2.0 which allows groups of consumers and producers to collaborate as they do for example to contribute to Wikipedia. Web 3.0 allows consumers, producers, databases and who knows what else to collaborate literally and digitally. At least, that’s my take on it. It makes Jeff Howe’s Crowdsourcing… Cloudsourcing.

As I prepare to go to the Open Video Conference, my mind is swirling. I have so much more to learn and to understand. What is so hilarious is that I’m smart enough to ask questions and not to pretend that I understand new terminology. Learning is truly a life long process.

I have so many irons in the fire. I’ll keep you posted. Let me know what you think.