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The Metaphors of the Net

September 26th, 2022

I. The Genetic Blueprint

A decade after the invention of the World Wide Web,Guest Posting Tim Berners-Lee is promoting the “Semantic Web”. The Internet hitherto is a repository of digital content. It has a rudimentary inventory system and very crude data location services. As a sad result, most of the content is invisible and inaccessible. Moreover, the Internet manipulates strings of symbols, not logical or semantic propositions. In other words, the Net compares values but does not know the meaning of the values it thus manipulates. It is unable to interpret strings, to infer new facts, to deduce, induce, derive, or otherwise comprehend what it is doing. In short, it does not understand language. Run an ambiguous term by any search engine and these shortcomings become painfully evident. This lack of understanding of the semantic foundations of its raw material (data, information) prevent applications and databases from sharing resources and feeding each other. The Internet is discrete, not continuous. It resembles an archipelago, with users hopping from island to island in a frantic search for relevancy.

Even visionaries like Berners-Lee do not contemplate an “intelligent Web”. They are simply proposing to let users, content creators, and web developers assign descriptive meta-tags (“name of hotel”) to fields, or to strings of symbols (“Hilton”). These meta-tags (arranged in semantic and relational “ontologies” – lists of metatags, their meanings and how they relate to each other) will be read by various applications and allow them to process the associated strings of symbols correctly (place the word “Hilton” in your address book under “hotels”). This will make information retrieval more efficient and reliable and the information retrieved is bound to be more relevant and amenable to higher level processing (statistics, the development of heuristic rules, etc.). The shift is from HTML (whose tags are concerned with visual appearances and content indexing) to languages such as the DARPA Agent Markup Language, OIL (Ontology Inference Layer or Ontology Interchange Language), or even XML (whose tags are concerned with content taxonomy, document structure, and semantics). This would bring the Internet closer to the classic library card catalogue.

Even in its current, pre-semantic, hyperlink-dependent, phase, the Internet brings to mind Richard Dawkins’ seminal work “The Selfish Gene” (OUP, 1976). This would be doubly true for the Semantic Web.

Great Home Business Ideas For You To Start Your Home Internet Business

March 23rd, 2022

While most people want to start a home internet business as a way of earning additional income, taking their traditional businesses to another level or having some employment, very few are courageous enough to venture into online business. Many times they fear due to lack of knowledge and skills to do online business and are skeptical about their success. They tend to think that online business is for internet experts, which is not true. This article brings out some facts and great home business ideas for you to start your own home internet business.

There are many great home business ideas on the internet but it takes time and patience to do some good research for those ideas. Each day the internet opens up new opportunities for us to make money by providing solutions to other people’s problems. Take advantage of that to start your own home internet business.

Most of the great home online business ideas require you to be smart enough to make money online. You have to take action by acquiring knowledge and skills through self-help learning, trainings and support programs. Take action by spending some time to work on your business and at times some money to invest in your business. Before you start your home internet business, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do I have the courage to start a home internet business? To succeed in online business, you have to be self-driven, hardworking, passionate about your business, persistent and able to take action.

2. Do I love reading? Most successful online marketers started their online businesses with scanty knowledge but through reading and learning from others, they became experts and are now earning good income. Like other newbies, you will have a lot of information to read before you become knowledgeable, skilled and conversant with doing online business.

3. Do I have the time? You have to allocate ample time everyday to work on your business. You need to create time. Remember 99% of the time is within your control.

4. Am I able to spend some little money? Although you can start a home internet business on a shoestring budget, you should bear in mind that business is all about investment. What are you investing in your online business for you to earn what you expect to get from it?