A few years ago there was a lot of discussion about the Semantic Web. Are any of the concepts underlying the Semantic Web coming into fruition with respect to GIS? Or is it just another hippie dream?
I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents’ people have touted for ages will finally materialize. - Tim Berners-Lee
I'd like to think (and the soner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure water touching clear sky.