Monday, August 16, 2010

The Semantic Web

How can you explain the semantic web in just a few words? OK...Say you want to know the number of goats in Spain. You can Google "number of goats in Spain," then start looking through the 1.3 million results. Might take while. Wouldn't it be easier if your computer or search engine understood what you were asking and gave you the answer? That's the semantic web - methods and technologies that allow computers to understand the meaning - or "semantics" - of information on the web. This enables software, like virtual agents and other applications, to access the Web more intelligently and to retrieve information that is more meaningful for the user. Here are a few examples of this technology that you can try:

TrueKnowledge, the world's first artificially intelligent question-answering platform. TrueKnowledge uses a "unique technology to build the first internet-scale platform for directly answering the world's questions."

Wolfram|Alpha, the computational knowledge engine that will "make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone."

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