This "survey" was better in concept than actuality. Though all three panelists were intelligent, informed, and represented a decent spread of positions, the implied dual between an AI purist and a couple of Semantic Web practical-ists played more like a cyclist and a baseball player debating the merits of tennis.
I must expose my own leaning towards bottom up solutions (AI in this debate) and a sympathy with Monica's philosophy.
I am more convinced than ever that the semantic web community is a business club looking for new markets and new ways to slice out a bit of career authority at the office. What else would explain the motivations of people so deeply embedded in computing, yet so eternally enthralled by so flawed and misdirected a program as the so-called "semantic web". Where is the architecture? The incentive and means to tag and embed metadata on the content side?
Had questions been asked to expose the motivations of the participants, much could have been learned.
0 · February 18, 2010
No real debate, little understanding of the opposing view. The AI position was read off like there was no one else in the room and Monica dodged fundamental questions. The semantic web experts were clear on the limits of the W3C-based specifications with little new insight then what has been broadly discussed over the last several years, but could not "intelligently" debate her since the "model-free" AI architecture was never really explained nor put into a practical context for an alternative future computing infrastructure. Like Field of Dreams.
0 · February 17, 2010
Interesting subject, but maybe too general? It was very interesting as a discussion, almost enlightening in a metaphysical way, I'm not sure what I took away from it though. The panelists were very different in style and opinion, and it brought a few surreal moments but definitely sparks and food for thought.
0 · February 16, 2010
It was a great idea to set the meeting up in the form of a debate. Peter did a great job mc'ing the event and I got a lot out of it.
Thanks to everyone involved in sharing the knowledge in their field of expertise and to the Hacker Dojo for hosting us.
0 · February 16, 2010
My take is that the merging of the Semantic Web and AI will require new architecture to provide contextual awareness:
? Numeric resource IDs to provide authentication and vital for execution performance across the Web,
? Community repositories to provide base ontologies to support concept harmonization,
? Topic maps distributed across the Web that mimic the function of a biological neural network,
? Software agent developed by domain experts to provide behaviors for inference processing.
0 · January 29, 2010