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[REBOL] Re: The Semantic Web - A solution?

From: gchiu:compkarori at: 14-Apr-2001 12:18

On Fri, 13 Apr 2001 09:37:42 -0500 "Scott" <[t-man--onemain--com]> wrote:
> "Why" not "what" was my question. I've actually read the > article in > Scientific America now, and thought I would find the > answer in the "What > is the Killer App?" link, but after reading that, I think > the question > was dodged by the authors.
I'm sure Carl could answer this better since he created Rebol to build his vision of the "Semantic Web". I agree with the authors that the Semantic Web is the killer application. The problem looks overwhelming when trying to solve it at a global level, but at a local level it might be more doable. Take for instance weather reports, I'm normally not interested in the weather in California. I'm just interested in local weather conditions for tomorrow in Wellington - probabilities of rain, snow, sunshine, and wind speed. I know several weather forecasters, and so I just have to twist their arms to provide the weather in a machine easily parsable format such as XML. At the moment, the weather report is presented as it would be read over the radio. There is only one agency that provides train transportation, and they publish their timetables on the web. That's a bit harder, but it's doable to parse their timetables. So, if I'm planning a trip, to say, up North for a picnic, all my agents have to do is: Book 2 return tickets after 11 am to Carterton if weather okay for tomorrow. Return before TV X-Files starts. I'll have one agent that grabs the weather, another to look at timetables, another to book seats, and another to look at my favourite TV programmes. -- Graham Chiu