A few days ago I blogged about the importance of Google, Amazon and ebay in commerce going forward at http://blogs.msdn.com/michael_platt/archive/2004/08/02/205421.aspx .
Today I found an interesting story about the Semantic web and Google which looks forward to 2009 (and was written in 2002, talk about a time warp!). This gives a view on how the semantic web (or semweb.. I like that!) is aligned to search technologies such as Google and how it revolutionises commerce.
I don’t think that the story is really talking about the Semantic Web as defined by Tim Berners-Lee et al in http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?articleID=00048144-10D2-1C70-84A9809EC588EF21&catID=2 which has the understanding of context based on ontology’s. I think it’s more about a meta use of RDF, which is valid and probably a more likely scenario given all the issues with ontology’s which I personally think will take a very long time to resolve.
I do like this use of RDF I must admit. I will have to think more about this and the possibilities and likelihood of a RDF rather than ontology based semweb.