I had an odd dream the other day...
After decades of research, we were able to create a technology system that could understand, store, track, and interpret human thought and experience. It was a tremendous effort to bring things to that state. Thousands, tens of thousands of researchers and programmers gave their working lives to the project. It took slow, methodical progress, and the periodic bursts of brilliant leaps in progress forced everyone to go back, re-evaluate, and redesign years of work.
But things worked so well, so smoothly. Annoyances, lags, and errors were removed daily. Each improvement brought more excitement, more joy in the endeavor.
Finally, it was completed. When we finished putting life, the universe, and everything into the computer, everyone logged on and was happy. For it was completed.
I looked over their shoulders and fainted in surprise.
What did I see?
They did a perfect job. All the wholeness of human experience was bound up with the computer. All the pain, the suffering, cruelty, and deceit, the joy, the love, the hopeless despair was there.
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In the latest issue of Tekka, Cathy Marshall takes a stand on The Semantic Web. Is it safe? she asks. (You really ought to subscribe to Tekka, but you can also read the article on Cathy's site)