Semantic Web vision paper
The Web is probably the richest information repository in human history, but most of its information is passive and unstructured. The Web doesn't know what it carries and for what purpose, and the users cannot specify what they want from it. There are some sites that use structured information storage and queries, but they are just little islands of order in the chaotic sea of information, not communicating to each other.
The Web should be aware of the content and purpose of its documents and links, and interests of its users, and make the best use of all encoded knowledge. Open semantic standards and communication protocols will allow creation of various services for knowledge gathering, storage, and distribution, as well as user-friendly client-side utilities that would communicate with these services and provide intelligent content selection, processing, and representation functions.
This essay focuses on the conceptualization of the issues, comparisons of current technological developments to other historical/evolutionary processes, future of automated collaboration and its implications for economic and social development of the world, and suggestions of what we may want to pursue and avoid.
Automated Collaborative Filtering of information (ACF) is an unprecedented technology for distribution of opinions and ideas in society and facilitating contacts between people with similar interests. It automates and enhances existing mechanisms of knowledge distribution and dramatically increases their speed and efficiency. This allows to optimize knowledge flow in the society and accelerate the evolution of ideas in practically all subject areas. ACF also provides a superior tool for information retrieval systems that facilitates users' navigation in the sea of information in a meaningful and personalized way.
So what is that famous 'Pi'? Are there semantic rules in behavior
This is my belated answer to the question of whether the RingWorld - a system of rings around the Sun to collect its energy and host humans - is a useful and technologically sound idea.
for an infinitely fast computer, etc.
I once had some absolutely non-practical idea on how to increase maximal computer speed beyond evident physical limitations, and hope it is appropriate to share it in this discussion.
as Humanity's best assets.
The landfills are a lot more valuable than a source of raw materials: they contain an enormous amount of information that is not obtainable from any other source and can be used to reconstruct the detailed history of technology, samples of handwriting and personal archives of most of the population, fingerprints and DNA samples of practically every person, and everything else imaginable.
Foresight Market and research funding.
In the No. 10 issue of the "Foresight Update" Robin Hanson presented an interesting proposal to create a betting market for dealing with scientific and technological controversies, which would attract people to the discussions and offer them incentives to be honest and responsible in expressing their opinions.
At end if their bet was good they make money.
To bring some consciousness into the process of the mankind's development, we must continue the search for new and more efficient ways of organization, utilizing the skills of intelligent and open-minded people and the advantages of modern technology.
The Foresight Market seems to be a good attempt to advance in this direction. It also seems to be the swan song of the market idea, before the rising wave of planet-wide social integration pushes all markets into small niches of development regulation network
complete history of humans and technology
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In his new book, "Mind Age: Transcendence Through Robots", Hans Moravec describes further stages in the evolution of the robotics industry, where each robot will learn from experience, adapt to changing environments and eventually acquire real intelligence approaching- and then exceeding - that of humans. The intelligent machines are expected to replace humans in most tasks we are capable of. This will raise a plethora of issues, from human unemployment to ethical treatment of robots and the task of taming their runaway intelligence.
Here are some of the issues, situations and concepts that *I* would like to see addressed in SF:
All of this lies beyond the scope of current scientific research, is too vague for conventional futurology, and offers lots of opportunities for all kinds of dreams and fancy conflicts - which seems to make it an ideal ground for *intelligent* SF... - but where is it?
I would be very grateful to anyone who provides me with reading advice on these topics - or expresses any reasonable ideas on them, not necessarily watered with any adventure stuff.
I think that there is a group of people, so powefull, that they don't
want to loose their privileges towards the others. If they don't want
to loose privileges, they have to keep them. And to keep them they have
to do something about it. So their only yob is to maintain status quo
as long as possible. Don't forget, they are the most powerfull of all
of us. The easiest way to maintain status quo on earth is having stupid
people on earth, who will do everything like their leaders will tell