(BAn article in Information Week briefly describes an initiative from the
(BWhite House on innovation. See:
(BThe article reads in part:
(BWhite House Seeks Public Input On Innovation Goals
(BThe White House this week issued a request for public input on potential
(Bgame-changing technologies the administration might pursue with research and
(Bdevelopment dollars. The quest to identify innovation goals for the next
(Bcentury is modeled at least in part on President Kennedy's commitment to
(Bsend man to the moon in the 1960s.
(BMore specifically, the White House appears to be looking to set up a number
(Bof "grand challenges" for inventors and scientists to solve over coming
(Byears, which the country could use as "an organizing principle for America's
(Bscience, technology and innovation policy" in order to address key national
(Bpriorities, spur economic growth, and catalyze interest in the sciences.
(BThis might be an appropriate opportunity to put together a joint submission
(Bfor those who agree that some direct effort should be made to find an
(Bagreement on a foundation ontology to support semantic interoperability.
(BSince they are thinking in terms of a $B!H(Bgrand challenge$B!I(B a project
(Bin the tens of millions of dollars might be one of the smallest suggested.
(BMy suggestion would be to aim for as rapid a solution as possible to the
(Bsemantic interoperability problem,. As part of the project I would suggest
(Ba natural-language component that can ease the use of the foundation
(Bontology and also, as a demo, converse naturally with a six-year old. I
(Bbelieve that John Sowa thinks that the latter is a reasonable $B!H(Bgrand
(Bchallenge$B!I(B problem in itself$B!((B I think that an NL interface to an
(Bis closely linked to the conversation problem, at least if the NL capability
(Bis supported by an ontology.
(BAnyone else willing to work on a proposal related to the FO? Are there
(Balternative $B!H(Bchallenge$B!I(B projects involving ontologies that
(BThis opportunity to get a sympathetic hearing for a novel project may not
(Brepeat in our lifetimes. The deadline is short, but it does not appear
(Bessential to present a formal proposal at this stage. If anyone knows of
(Bmore information about this, let us know.
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