These are exciting times indeed.
The Semantic Web is gaining traction. Just a few short weeks after Twine being announced [LINK], a new company has released details that address the Semantic Web from another angle. The company’s name is True Knowledge and they are building a Semantic Search engine and API. Similar to Google, they will crawl and catalog the web but unlike Google, their technology actually derives FACTS from that data. You end up with an Expert System who’s knowledge base is the web. I assume they are exposing the data in RDF triplets.
On top of this they’ve layered Natural Language Processing so you don’t need to learn complex syntax to ask a question.
If the answer is unknown, the system has a sort of Wiki contribution mechanism by which you can contribute new facts to the repository.
Over time facts are corroborated through using the system and the results get better and better. Not only that, through usage, new facts can be inferred and themselves corroborated. Thus over time the sophistication of the queries that the system can answer grows.
Twine aims to do something similar with personal data but I think for me, True Knowledge is far more compelling. I had made Six Degrees [LINK] a while back with this type of thing in mind but the problem space was just too large for me.
Here’s a Webcast I snagged from their website. I wonder what Jeff Jonas [LINK] thinks of this?