A Semantic Future

Luca Scagliarini recently shared his insight into why he believes semantics will play an important role in the future of technology. He writes, "As a kid growing up in Milan I was obsessed with two things:  sports and the future… While other kids probably dreamed about having superpowers, my dreams were about a future that was more grounded in possibility than fantasy, about inventions that, with the right combination of genius and determination, were possible. Having my own personal television, one small enough to take anywhere and where I could watch anything I wanted, anytime, was something I knew would come eventually. And while the mini TV was an encouraging sign, the technology was still many years away."

Scagliarini continues, "Fast forward to today…  I’m watching Mad Men on my iPad and in my still pragmatic dreams, it’s not a leap to think that twenty years from now, we will be living in a very self-curated world. I imagine a world customized for me, my every activity synched and automated based on my personal calendar and a pre-defined set of parameters. A lunch meeting would automatically trigger a series of actions based on the meeting attendees, our location and our preferences. Reservations would be made, train tickets or flights purchased automatically and without any additional input from me."

He goes on, "I see hints of this 'reality' today, just as I could imagine that one day, I’d be watching Serie A on the train ride home. While there are many technological and behavioral (not to mention security and privacy-related) boundaries to be crossed in the meantime, semantic technology is an important piece of this puzzle. Data/information does not exist in a vacuum, and it is becoming easier to interconnect it with systems and technologies to design products that define a user experience increasingly similar to my idea of a 'realistic future'."

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