Berners-Lee's Conception of the Semantic Web


"I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A 'Semantic Web', which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The 'intelligent agents' people have touted for ages will finally materialize" (Berners-Lee, Tim; Fischetti, Mark, Weaving the Web. The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor (1999) Chapter 12).

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