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graph search & a truly semantic web = the best argument for net neutrality http://bit.ly/SBbSqJ
Waaaaaaaaaay back in 2001 (yes, the Internet existed over 10 years ago!), Tim Berners-Lee of the World Wide Web Consortium co-authored the now seminal "The Semantic Web" in Scientific American, envisioning the web as morphing into "an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation."
He did something really clever thing with this article which is probably why it resonated with so many of the geeks & visionaries reading it at the time: he made it personal. He stepped the reader through an easy-to-relate-to example of what could happen when a family member gets sick & the other members of the fam need to upend their lives and schedules to pitch in. Just think: all those headaches of figuring out who's chauffering the ill person to which appointments when, making sure their meds don't clash, keeping their own appointments from dropping through the cracks or conflicting...
The language he uses is a tad dated, but in a charming way, but the vision is anything but.
And the essential property which makes a semantic run? "Web technology must not discriminate between the scribbled draft and the polished performance, between commercial and academic information, or among cultures, languages, media and so on. Information varies along many axes," he writes. "Like the Internet, the Semantic Web [must] be as decentralized as possible."