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There’s been a lot of news about last week’s Web 2.0 Summit, much of it very interesting.
There was a panel on the ‘Semantic Edge’ that Read/Write Web wrote about in The New Era of Semantic Apps
“I’m here at the Semantic Edge panel at the Summit, moderated by Tim O’Reilly and featuring W. Daniel Hillis (Co-Chairman and CTO, Applied Minds), Barney Pell (Founder and CEO of Powerset), Nova Spivack (Twine – see our review here). The panel starts with demos from each of the three speakers.”
The applications, Freebase, Twine and Powerset, are quite distinct and represent different perspectives on the Semantic Web, with only Nova Spivak’s Twine making use of the W3C’s RDF-based languages and technology. Shelly Powers blogs about the panel and Twine, with some good observations.
The W3C’s Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published the first working draft describing RDFa’s syntax: RDFa in XHTML: Syntax and Processing. This is a significant step for RDFa — congratulations to the group for their effort. RDFa provides a standard way to embed semantic content expressed in RDF in HTML documents. More precisely, it lets one add RFD content in XHTML documents. RDFa will open up more use cases for the Semantic Web and may offer a way to embrace other approaches to adding semantic information to Web documents such as microformats.
The event site describes the talk this way:
“The talk focuses on the man behind the masterpiece. As his biographer, Sam Weller spent five years working very closely with Ray Bradbury. Weller will cover his own relationship with the author, offering a rare window into his private world. He will share many behind-the-scenes stories of the man behind Fahrenheit 451. His presentation surveys the genesis of Fahrenheit 451 and the cultural, historical and personal influences that contributed to its inspired creation in 1953. Finally, he will address the cultural relevance of Fahrenheit 451 and conclude with why Ray Bradbury matters today more than ever before. ”
And an announcement notes that
“Copies of Fahrenheit 451 and an audio guide to the book will be given away at the event while supplies last.
We hope that the lecture will include a live phone interview with Ray Bradbury himself as a part of this event — we cannot guarantee it, but we are planning for it. A reception will follow the lecture.”
When I was young, Bradbury was my favorite author. His writing was an interesting mix of science fiction, fantasy, social commentary and descriptions of life in a small Midwestern town, not unlike the one I grew up in. Well, in my case any fantastical events only occurred in my mind.
For more information, see the event site or call the Library administrative offices at ext. 5-2356 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cnet news has an interview with DARPA directory Tony Tether. The interview, Newsmaker: DARPA sees inspiration as trophy of robot race, mostly focuses on the current $2M DARPA sponsored autonomous vehicle race, Urban Challenge, which takes place November 3 in Victorville CA.
In the interview, he was asked “What are the top three advances to come out of DARPA in the last five years would you say?”. I found his answer interesting.
“Let’s see, we’ve revolutionized the whole computer science industry by moving into cognitive processing, that is, computers that learn you as opposed to you having to learn them. Stanford Research, by the way, in Menlo Park is a major contractor in that area. We’ve also done a lot in biology, again for finding ways for people out in the battlefield to be able to survive their environment. Then wireless, I guess. If you take your cell phone, you might think that you’re wireless and you are. But there’s a big infrastructure called towers that really make it work. And what we proved and have developed is the ability to have no infrastructure and still have total cellular wireless type of communication. That’s important from a military viewpoint because when we go into an area, we don’t have time to build the towers. Now that’s also going to be a big commercial thing because if somebody doesn’t have to build the infrastructure to have a wireless network, that means that the cost for it is much less than somebody who does, (and it) gives them a great price advantage. Those are three, but I’m not supposed to have favorites.”
Spotted on AAAI’s AI in the news.
Techcrunch writes in Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites that someone in China is redirecting search engine access to Baidu, China’s top search engine.
“Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu. Digital Marketing Blog posts that all requests to Yahoo.com and sub-sites are being redirected to Baidu. Google Blogscoped forums indicate that Live.com is also being re-directed to Baidu, as well as confirming the Yahoo story and our earlier Google post. The re-direct would also appear to apply to YouTube.com.” (link)
Can any ebiquity readers in china confirm this? Is so, please leave a comment.