I noticed a similarity recently in posts from Chris Anderson and Nicholas Carr. Over the past few months both of these widely read authors published a thought provoking post that calls into question humanity’s stewardship of knowledge in today’s 2.0 world. And each post contains signs of the singularity. Read on brave traveler, but don’t forget to bring your towel !
Anderson, in The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete, postulates a world of technological utopianism without realism.
Danny Ayers made a request for comments on the state of the semantic web a few weeks ago. I’ll preface this post by saying the state of the semantic web is very good by which I mean some very good design decisions were made early on that ensured a vibrant academic research base, a broad marketplace for technology transfer and an eager community of technology providers to realize the vision of a web of meaning. I’m personally very positive overall on the state of the semantic web. The semantic web is now pretty close to the best of all possible worlds. (ha, ha, ha) All that being said it’s time to sharpen my pencil a bit and offer a critique on a few of the finer points of the state of the semantic web: representation and realism.
I’m just back from Tucson, AZ where I spent the last few days at the 2008 Science of Consciousness conference. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) which is part of the University of Arizona Medical School. CCS presents itself as promoting open, rigorous discussion of all phenomena related to conscious experience.