Web 2.0 is so yesterday: the Internet as your personal advisor (Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times has an article today on the new ways that web companies are devising ways “to mine human intelligence” through te semantic web, or Web 3.0. Here I was, thinking that Web 2.0 was the razor’s edge…  

“Their goal is to add a layer of meaning to the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion. That level of artificial intelligence, with machines doing the thinking instead of simply following commands, has eluded researchers for more than 50 years.

“The effort, referred to as Web 3.0, is in its infancy, and the idea has given rise to skeptics who have called it an unobtainable vision. But the underlying technologies are rapidly gaining adherents, at big companies such as IBM and Google and at small ones. Their projects often center on simple, practical uses, from producing vacation recommendations to predicting the next hit song.”

The article references that we can see some examples of this Web 3.0 potential in new offerings such as UW’s Knowitall, which is financed by Google. Opine is a mining system uses Knowitall abilities to ferret out the information you would want to see from various online resources, like customer feedback and product review websites. And TextRunner “searches 77,652,885 tuples extracted on the topic of nutrition, and sorts the results by probability.”

I believe that a tuple is essentially records housed in a database with at least two components or more. And a good “Word of the day” candidate. 😉