Also appearing at the conference was Tom Gruber, CTO, of Siri, which is devising its "Siri Virtual Personal Assistant," which leverages a mobile phone and natural language capabilities to help users accomplish tasks via the Internet. The technology features location awareness and a conversational interface to help users, for example, find a local business, see area maps, or perhaps to book tickets for a baseball game.
The technology does not leverage artificial intelligence but is "task-oriented," Gruber said.
W3C officials cited attendance at the event as evidence of the newfound staying power of the Semantic Web. Conference presenters said attendance was in excess of 1,200 persons as of Tuesday; last year's event attracted at least 1,000 attendees. Attendees include technologists, researchers, venture capitalists and others.
Other semantic technologies touted at the conference included:
- Cycorp TextPrism, offering personalized information feeds.
- Saltlux Storm, a semantic business platform providing an infrastructure application framework and development methodologies to extract and manage semantic metadata from enterprise information.
- SemanticV StingRay, a dynamic semantic information tool that discovers concepts in documents and associates them with phrases, documents, blogs and other sources.
- TextWise Semantic Signatures, to mine content to uncover deeper meanings in text and create a "signature" for each document.
- TopBraid Suite, a Semantic Web solutions platform from TopQuadrant featuring tools to discover and visualize relevant data without programming.
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