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The Web Will Be the Master Copy of Human Knowledge

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In the near future, the web is going to be the master copy of human knowledge. We need to figure out ways to use that knowledge. — Hakon Wium Lie, chief technology officer of Opera Software, in an interview with GigaOM.

5 Responses to “The Web Will Be the Master Copy of Human Knowledge”

  1. The web cannot become the repository of human knowledge because there is no mechanism to prevent data deletion or modification. A key first step is the use of archival quality files with datestamps, a hash, and read-only tags.

  2. Manpreet Singh

    That’s an insightful statement. The web will hold a lot of human knowledge. Whether it will be in silos like wikipedia, facebook or twitter or scattered all over is a different question.

    All the more reason for semantic analysis and data mining. It seems the results of these will be useful to people when they see them but until then not a lot of people are asking for it. Maybe that’s why there is slow progress in this space.