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Ora Lassila on the semantic web
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Ora Lassila, a research fellow at Nokia, gave an interesting sounding talk (pdf) last week to the W3C advisory committee (I wasn't there, I'm just name dropping - smirk). His slides have include these provocative bullets:

  • Any specific problem (typically) has a specific solution that does not require Semantic Web technologies
  • Question: Why then is the Semantic Web so attractive? Answer: For future-proofing.

I think that this sounds about right and is part of the reason for the general attractiveness of XML and Lisp : code is data is code. When we need to, we can grovel over our source easily and do cool stuff.


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