Re: IRe: [unrev-II] Semantic Community Web Portal

From: Alex Shapiro (
Date: Mon Sep 17 2001 - 09:51:17 PDT

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    At 02:14 PM 9/16/01 -0700, Eric Armstrong wrote:
    >Actually, I'm glad you're working on graphic representations. There is
    >a whole 'nother line of knowledge-formulation using modeling that we
    >only briefly discussed on this forum, about a year and a half ago or so.
    >As it happens, I love graphics. I'd love good ways to make pictures
    >of things, so as to explain them. Navigating an ontology, and visiting
    >nodes for explanatory information, may just be a useful area.

    >Graphic tools are useful, and I love them. I once wanted to do animated
    >algebra tutorials. (X walks over and bumps off the X on the other side.)
    >I believe some do exist now. And I feel sure that the graphics displays
    >you are working on will find useful applications. Possibly even in this
    >arena, despite my skepticism.

    That's pretty much the way I feel as well. I love graphics too. I believe
    that they could be useful. I am sure that the technology that I am working
    on will find applications, even if it proves too unwieldy for collaborative
    forums. However, I can't give up on this last one without some
    experimentation, and in order to experiment I need to build the
    technology. The results of diagramming a discussion are difficult, if not
    impossible to imagine. Also, it is even harder to imagine how people will
    adapt to using a forum that allows visual discussions. Thus the technology
    must be built. Will "they" then come? I hope so.


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