I’ve read many articles about the Semantic Web. Most are very abstract. So, I was pleased to discover “Semantic Web: Your Web’s Smarter Younger Brother” by Tom Robinson. Robinson provides a list of nine ways the Semantic Web will positively affect us. The items are such that we can all understand and relate to. He cites the source as semantic expert Tony Shaw but doesn’t provide a reference to the list. Here are the first five items, listed in reverse order (of importance, I imagine):
9. Annoying ads that have nothing to do with your interests will disappear.
8. Your computer will understand you through natural language recognition. When you tell it you want directions to that restaurant on Main Street with the amazing French onion soup, it will know what you’re talking about.
7. All of your computers will become more intuitive and easier to use.
6. Your bank will implement semantically-driven fraud monitoring systems. And your credit card company won’t erroneously reject your charges for a meal in London ever again, because it will understand that you bought airline tickets to England.
5. New types of consumer products will emerge that allow you to connect to your doctors and other medical experts globally. That means you’ll get a faster diagnosis of your illness and a wider array of better treatment options available to you.
See the article for the full list.
Robinson provides his own list of implications for colleges and universities. Here are the first three:
6. Research libraries already use this technology to connect disparate scientific databases.
5. Students will be able to do class-related research faster and more comprehensively so they can spend more energy on data analysis and writing.
4. Matching technology will appear in new generation job boards to create intuitive profiles and match applicants and schools that are good fits for each other.
Interesting food for thought.
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