The Atlantic :: John Giannandrea teamed up with Danny Hillis and Robert Cook to cofound Metaweb, which had a simple premise: "What if we could make a catalog of all the stuff our computer should know?" Giannandrea told me in a recent interview. "We were interested in building a model of the world. Our computers are remarkably dumb about the stuff that we take for granted. You learn about stuff. You have some context for understanding. Our computers don't work that way because we don't have any loaded context."
With remarkable confidence (hubris?), he and the other founders said to themselves, "Teaching computers all the discrete stuff in the world seems like it should be doable," so they set out to make a machine-readable catalog of everything in the world. Google Knowledge Graph.
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