I totally agree with that. (01)
John F. Sowa wrote:
> Mike and Pat,
> I'm not against the idea of having primitives. But I am skeptical
> about throwing $30 million at an unproved, untested hypothesis.
> MB> Well I've just had a read of Pat's slides as per the link John
> > posted, and I find I agree with a lot of what he is suggesting.
> As I said, Pat's slides are good, and they make a reasonable case
> for a study project. But it is premature to propose a development
> project with 100 people when the following requirements are missing:
> 1. A well-defined set of primitives.
> 2. No working prototypes to demonstrate that an ontology based
> on primitives would be useful to support interoperability.
> 3. Lots of evidence that large ontologies have not been been able
> to produce a positive ROI (e.g., the $70+ million spent on Cyc
> and the multibillions of yen spent on the Japanese EDR).
> 4. Practical evidence of successful companies that make independent
> databases interoperate *without* using such an ontology. For
> example, OntologyWorks started with an upper-level ontology,
> but threw it away because low-level domain-oriented ontologies
> are much more useful.
> For these reasons, a low-budget research project is reasonable,
> but not a big-budget development project with 100 people and
> no clear specification of what they would do.
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