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Stefan Harsan Farr


My quest for bringing semantics into the world of computer started more than ten years ago, in the very early days of the XML and Web Services. It had to do with the communication between computers, or more precisely the lack of it, the impossibility of it. Back in the days it was just a spark, a realization that something was not right. But nobody listened, everybody was high on this new technology. the theory was sound, the math seemed good, consistent as the scientific community likes to put it, and the predictions were out of this world. But the technology lacked essence, spirit if you will, something I could not put my finger on but it was there. I realize this sounds eclectic, but so is the subject of semantics. Sure enough the entire scientific community went down this strict path of rigor and structure while I continued to find source of that uneasy feeling. Fast forward to the present I think the time has come to open Pandora’s box and put forward something that at first glance might look like heresy to the scientific community.

The truth is, I don’t know for sure if my theory is right. However, I am pretty certain that the mainstream approach is wrong, because after more than ten years of intensive efforts (not even counting the ones that came before), an army of supporters, dozens of models and thousands of scientific papers, the semantic web simply does’t exist. It doesn’t exist, because although we like to abuse the name, semantics, was never really in the semantic web.

I welcome you to exercise open-mindedness and explore with me a different approach, one that tries to put semantics into the hand of the machine. It is a tricky road, because this does not come free, we’ll have to sacrifice mathematical rigor to achieve it. Your comments are appreciated and if you’d like to get involved in the project please write me an email at: [email protected]

Thank you!