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What would Guha do?

New York Times: "The idea of a centralized database storing all of the world’s digital information is a fundamental shift away from today’s World Wide Web, which is akin to a library of linked digital documents stored separately on millions of computers where search engines serve as the equivalent of a card catalog."

The NYT reporter doesn't know that search engines are centralized databases of the web's digital content? I'm shocked.

One part of me thinks that when the AI guys can get startup cash, there's too much money chasing too few investments. The other part of me is wondering, what would Guha do? Freebase seems like a rebranded TAP. Mind you, he's at GOOG right now.

I see Danny is being too polite - Tim O'Reilly is arguably willful in his misunderstanding of what the W3C are trying to do with the semantic web. In part that's down to DARPA's contributions - while technically valuable, they are mired in industrial ontology, KR and Agent speak, which rarely sounds convincing, and comes with a lot of baggage.

I still think that whomever can figure out peered search can win big. It's a genuine disruption to what the incumbent engines do - they all download the web into a database. The form of the data - unstructured, structured, semi-structured - isn't the only issue.


March 11, 2007 03:32 PM

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Kurt Cagle
(March 16, 2007 05:56 PM #)
One part of me thinks that when the AI guys can get startup cash, there's too much money chasing too few investments.

Dammit, Bill, you just made me snort coffee through my nose!


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