There is a great deal written about web 3.0/ semantic web in terms of knowledge and intelligence. Much of it relates to computers being able to process data published on the web and ‘understand’ it – either via Natural Language Processing type solutions or through markups such as Resource Definition Framework (RDF).
piece of research being conducted by IBM reminds us of the competition – the human brain.
For now I see the real benefit of the semantic web being to give me some assistance in terms of processing the vast amount of data which is available on the web (and within enterprises – under linked open data initiative). For instance, if in going to a meeting to discuss evolving health & safety issues in the construction industry in Australia, I have a piece of software which can filter/find/ summarise much of the information and data in the public domain then my contribution to the meeting may be more valuable (or my preparation time may be accelerated). Again, within the context of semantic web, my profile – if I have an interest in such a field – should result in my being prompted with relevant information. This ties in with Kevin Kelly’s dictum, ‘No personalisation without transparency’.