A New York Times article came out today about the Semantic Web — in which I was quoted, speaking about my company Radar Networks. Here’s an excerpt:
Referred to as Web 3.0, the effort is in its infancy, and the very
idea has given rise to skeptics who have called it an unobtainable
vision. But the underlying technologies are rapidly gaining adherents,
at big companies like I.B.M. and Google
as well as small ones. Their projects often center on simple, practical
uses, from producing vacation recommendations to predicting the next
But in the future, more powerful systems could act as
personal advisers in areas as diverse as financial planning, with an
intelligent system mapping out a retirement plan for a couple, for
instance, or educational consulting, with the Web helping a high school
student identify the right college.
The projects aimed at
creating Web 3.0 all take advantage of increasingly powerful computers
that can quickly and completely scour the Web.
“I call it the
World Wide Database,” said Nova Spivack, the founder of a start-up firm
whose technology detects relationships between nuggets of information
mining the World Wide Web. “We are going from a Web of connected
documents to a Web of connected data.”
Web 2.0, which describes
the ability to seamlessly connect applications (like geographical
mapping) and services (like photo-sharing) over the Internet, has in
recent months become the focus of dot-com-style hype in Silicon Valley.
But commercial interest in Web 3.0 — or the “semantic Web,” for the
idea of adding meaning — is only now emerging.