whether credible or not, offers one person's interpretation of a
larger picture that seems worth reading. (02)
On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:16 AM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Mills and Peter,
> I agree with Mills' response to Peter.
> PFB> The only downside is that Siri will never see the light of day
> > now on any other platform than the most proprietary ... Apple.
> MD> Not at all. There is no downside. Apple's acquisition of Siri is
> > a bellwether event signaling major market opportunities to come.
> Yes. Siri is an important app. But semantic technology is much
> bigger, and it's still in its infancy.
> MD> This [Morgan Stanley] report includes my favorite quote of the
> > year (so far):
> > "Mobile Internet is largest market opportunity we've seen in the
> > history of the Technology sector."
> I agree that it's the largest they've seen, but history has had
> bigger opportunities, which weren't obvious when they arrived.
> The most famous is Faraday's reply to Chancellor of the Exchequer
> Gladstone, who asked what was the practical use of electricity:
> "One day, sir, you may tax it."
> I would say that semantic technology is bigger. But like the
> tools for electricity in Faraday's time, the current semantic
> tools are still very crude. I think that Tom Gruber and friends
> deserve a great deal of credit for developing a successful
> application with what is currently available.
> The real successes will come when the technology is not visible
> as an "app", and it is not called "mobile" or "Internet" or even
> "Mobile Internet" technology.
> Remember, a few years ago, that people marveled at how many electric
> motors they have in their homes. Motors are ubiquitous, and nobody
> notices them anymore. Today, computers are ubiquitous, and there
> are probably more computers in a typical home than electric motors.
> I believe that's the real market for semantic technology: it will
> grow to the level where nobody notices it. That's the target we
> should aim at -- not mobile, not Internet, but ubiquitous.
> PS: If you "read between the lines", this note is a criticism of
> the Semantic Web: the word 'web' is not sufficiently ambitious.
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