This nytimes article on Web 3.0 is really amazing.
"Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion. That level of artificial intelligence, with machines doing the thinking instead of simply following commands, has eluded researchers for more than half a century."
It reminds me of Erik Davis' essay about the esoteric roots of the phonograph, he desribes McLuhan's idea of electronics as the "outering" of our nervous system.
" 'the telegraph sparked the electric re-tribalization of the West', a long slide into an immersive electronic sea of mythic partisipation and collective resonance. But McLuhan also saw this 'outering' as the technological roots of the age of anxiety. 'To put one's nerves outside,' he wrote, is to initiate a situation - if not a concept -of dread.' "
Is the birth of the Semantic Web the "outering" of our global consciousness/intelligence to go along with our "outered" nervous system which has weathered harsh reality for over 100 years? Maybe now our external nervous system will have better filters, or skin if you will.
To be honest, after getting a new computer which was about 5 times faster than my old computer I've experienced a tangible alteration i the way i think, absorb knowledge, and complete tasks. Weird. It's true though.
listening to: Perro Del Mar on Hype Machine.