A Glimpse of the Semantic Future

I’ve been bringing up the Semantic Web off and on in my talks for some time now, but it’s hard to actually illustrate what it will mean to the end user.  Maybe that’s because the approach I, and many others, take is to describe the back end–what the data looks like, how the architecture fits together.

Jesse James Garrett (of adaptive path) teamed up with Mozilla Labs to put together a series of videos that show a proof-of-concept design of a theoretical semantic browser project named Aurora.  What’s nice about these videos is that it’s not just an apocryphal future-cast.  Even though the videos seem a little sterile, it’s clear that they’ve gone through a great deal of effort to apply what they know of current trends to create a very plausible scenario for the future of the web.  Yet another reason why libraries need to stop tooling around with geriatric and proprietary data formats and get with the rest of the world.

Here’s the first in the series:

Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

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