On 4/25/11 5:14 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> On 4/25/2011 1:53 PM, AzamatAbdoullaev wrote:
>> ... it could be a roadmap strategy for the most innovative solutions
>> to emerging global problems...
> I believe that good ontologies can help, but they're not magic.
>> let's float and field-test the idea of a global ontology
> Many people have said such things. The largest and most detailed
> formal ontology today is Cyc. It has undergone more testing than
> any other global ontology ever proposed. But it has also been
> criticized and rejected for many reasons by many experts. There
> is zero evidence than any other ontology could do any better.
> The #1 problem for software is to integrate the multi-trillion dollars
> worth of legacy software into semantic systems. Every one of them
> has an *implicit* ontology. Whenever anybody upgrades a legacy system
> with a new *explicit* ontology, they make sure that it is compatible
> with the *old* implicit ontology. Those ontologies are not going away.
>> I am sure that no entity is monitoring the oil/gas threats globally
>> or locally. Say, the same Gulf of Mexico, with 50,000 oil and gas wells,
>> to be unsealed or uncapped and abandoned without any regular technical
>> monitoring, is nothing but an environmental "minefield" of other deadly
>> oil-rig explosions.
> That's an excellent argument for better monitoring. But the connection
> to a single global ontology is dubious.
> The BP spill, for example, could very easily have been prevented by
> responsible managers who took safety seriously. BP management got
> many, many warnings from their employees, and they ignored every last
> one of them. More warnings coming from a computer would have been
> just as easy for them to ignore. (01)
Public access to the data (e.g., warning data about pending
catastrophes) is key to making organizations like BP take notice and
process warning data at the right time. (02)
Being able to leverage the WWW as a global data space where
conversations are machine discernible will help. Facebook, Twitter, and
other social networking oriented data space enclaves are showing the way
(albeit totally privacy challenged today). (03)
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