Dear Pat, (01)
> Thanks again for the insights and informative history. Just a short
> reply on one point:
> [MW] >
> . So you should factor the following into your
> > (optimistic) planning.
> > 1. Relatively few people will adopt before it is a standard.
> > 2. It will take a year for early adopters to recognise its existence
> > and evaluate what you have done.
> > 3. It will take another 1-2 years for practical applications to
> > that really use it in a proper commercial way (I'm not talking about
> > pilot or non-commercial projects here).
> That's about what I expect, except for the first line. It may well
> be true that industrial and government bodies will hesitate to use an
> FO if it does not have the blessing of a formal standards body, but the
> research community may well adopt it de facto if it helps them
> collaborate on tough problems that are too difficult to solve in
> individual groups. That is what has happened with WordNet for the
> Natural Language community, even though they increasingly recognize and
> are trying to cure its shortcomings for that purpose. (02)
[MW] That is what I call non-commercial use above. Frankly until you can
show that there are uses that give significant benefits, you have not
actually done anything useful (though it may be interesting) (03)
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