MIT/Stanford Semantic Web panel - recap

Alex Wright wrote (sorry, that just sounds a bit funny) a nice summary of a recent panel discussion of the semantic web.

A lot of smart people, like Tim Berners-Lee, seem convinced that the Semantic Web is the certifiable Next Big Thing. A lot of other smart people, like Tim Bray, think it's just another obscenely overhyped buzzword (after all, the Web Services craze is already so 1Q02).

But I have yet to meet anyone who, when pressed, could satisfactorily answer the question: What exactly is the Semantic Web?

A good short synopsis, especially helpful for people like me who are still trying to wrap their heads around the idea.

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