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Oh my, Mario: surely you don't mean content is the equivalent of people?

Ah: suddenly, I think I understand, although I do hope you'll tell me I'm mistaken! Facebook, My Space, et al: all have people as the content!

In quite a startling manner, I have an understanding of these websites that I never had before. (Thanks, Mario!)

To pick up on a point you make: I don't think people will become, en masse, content-kings (queens, etc), but their AI agents will. And, of course, people being people: some will. Some are good at picking up patterns, seemingly undetectable patterns, and some of them might become brokers in this frightening future.

I can't help but be frightened of a future that has such a profession, as surely it must! What happens to rebellion in such a society? And I don't mean the usual "teenage angst"; I mean very real, alternative ideas? The Timothy Leary's, the Alan Ginsburg's, the Dali's, the Bob Dylan's, the Debbie Harry's and the Sid Vicious's?

Information is the gateway to many things; but, ultimately, society "should" understand what it is undertaking in this Huxley's Pleasure.

Maybe the next "Origin", the next "Stairway to Heaven", the next "Howl", the next "God Save the Queen, the fascist regime" will be a multimedia, rap-oriented, event, replete with light-show and disgruntled old critics (such as myself).

But if we count the people as content, and not what they produce: will we be in a position to decide? For me, the greater part of what we are as a species is the ideas, the writings, the art, the blogs (! :-) ) we produce: not the fact that we're "there" (wherever that may be). Although I must admit to a very strong feeling that I'm missing something *really* important.

I'm meandering on Valeria's blog. (But isn't that part of conversation? Personally, I really like it when someone says "you're wrong, and here's why"!)

Thank you for the insight, Mario. :-) Like I always say: you should learn something new, every day. I did, today. :-)

Carolyn Ann

If content (and subsequently people) can be better tagged and identified in a semantic web, they can be more easily found.

If that lives across multiple networks amid greater channel noise, better detection tools will have to be developed for finding what we're looking for (if it/they want to be found that is, and assuming appropriate steps have been taken to enhance visibility).

So the tools will have to get better so people don't have to become search experts; but people will be needed to be taught how relevancy parameters for search & retrieve help them get better results. That is a matter of creative comm. design. [Aside: How many people use advanced Google features; even simpler, how many people know to use quotation marks as delimiters?]

Observe how the modern cable tv/dvr box has become easier to use; it still has a way to go...sure. "Find Italian cooking show using chicken, available onDemand now or to be aired soon".

Something went wrong with that last post. Here it is, in its entirety! Sorry!

I think I'll move to the Inner Hebrides, build an underground home, and concentrate on "Me 1.0". :-) (Big, cheesy, grin.)

Actually, where I am, now, is pretty remote: 22 miles to the nearest Starbuck's. Thank goodness for Ducati motorcycles. :-)

Seriously: I think we're still figuring out what these tools are, let alone how to use them! AI has been promising nirvana for, what, 40 years? There aren't any decent AI tools out there; most are either proprietary, specialized or both.

Until we get an understanding of the tools, we'll be stuck in a decidedly Incan future: the new wheel (mousetrap, etc) will continually evade us.

I have a feeling that this understanding won't come until the government takes the Internet a heck of a lot more seriously. (As in Clinton/Gore levels of seriousness, not the "oh, isn't that nice" levels we see today.) (Why the government? Because they have requisite number of dollars available.)

What will happen, however, is that the retail market will splinter. The Mom-and-Pop store will become a force of globalization quite unlike the big businesses that dominate the arena, today. Tags will look like scratchings on the surface of rocks in comparison to what could happen!

The only quibble I have with the "semantic web": no one knows what "semantic" means. Sure, they know how to use it, but define it? Not as many as you would think.

And thank you for the quite undeserved mention!

Carolyn Ann

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