Re: Semantic Web: Beyond Metadata

From: Robert Coyote (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 23:26:17 MDT

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Sounds like we need some kind of Meta DTD

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From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
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Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: Semantic Web: Beyond Metadata

> As far as I can tell, the W3C has just rediscovered the "semantic
> network" that was popular with failed AI projects back in the 1950s. I'm
> not
> saying that RDF is useless. But my advice is to immediately and
> completely discount any statements about the Web "understanding"
> webpages, "knowing the content", or anything else that implies Artificial
> Intelligence capabilities. As near as I can figure, what the Semantic
> Web actually does is allow programs to (a) recognize different tags as
> referring to the same data through rendezvous on common associated
> keywords, and to (b) recognize a little more of the formal structure in
> data, over and above the inherent tree structure of XML. These are both
> very important programmatic capabilities, but they are not semantic or AI
> capabilities.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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