A good, not very technical, concepts article on the Semantic Web (in Scientific American) [via slashdot]. Recommended. I think half the reason why people aren't more excited about the semantic web is that there's no way to make money out of it: The way it scales is that it's better the more people are involved (until that number is too many and the category tree breaks). It's interesting to see the development model of the www trying to engineer a culture movement by way of new specs. What is it? Quote: "The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation".
Is it just me, or does that sound like: ""I spare not a single unit of thought on these cybernetic simpletons!" he boomed. "I speak of none but the computer that is to come after me!"" [Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.]