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Re: [Social-discuss] Re: Philosophy and the Social Web

From: Henry Story
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] Re: Philosophy and the Social Web
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:06:21 +0100

On 1 Nov 2010, at 04:22, Joe Corneli wrote:

> Hi Henry:
> I read the slides with interest, they are wide-ranging and I learned
> of some new (to me) thinkers.  I'd be interested to know the story
> behind these slides (in particular, any information about what got you
> in touch with these various strands of thought?)

As a kid I discovered computers on a DEC2020 at my fathers university.
I wanted to ask it to solve the rubix cube, so I was told that I needed
to program it. After a time playing dungeaons and dragons, I learnt Basic, 
then Pascal, then Lisp which got me interested in AI. From AI I got 
interested in Philosophy, where I did a B.A. and then started and MPhil. 
After too much philosophy I  came back to computing.

That is pretty much how I came to discover most of the philosophers cited.

At Sun Microsystems I was given enough freedom to do very much what interested
me. Starting from Atom, I then was looking for applications of the semantic
web. Doing this I tried to understand it, and what the misunderstandings
I had and others had along the way. Most of those were philosophical.
I  blogged about that at

And that video is pretty much the summary of those blogs.

Hope that helps,

> Joe
> On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Henry Story <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I have now put it up in ODP and PDF format under a CC licence here
>> Henry
>> On 29 Oct 2010, at 16:18, Henry Story wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> At the first Web and Philosophy [1] conference that took place in  Paris a 
>>> little over
>>> a week  ago. I presented  "Philosophy and the Social Web" which is online 
>>> now in english.
>>> The presentation comes with audio and notes, and is very detailed. It 
>>> covers the social
>>> networking problem, web architecture, REST,  Reference and the Semantic 
>>> Web, issues
>>> in the  Philosophy of Language and of Mind.  These may seem a bit abstruse, 
>>> but they
>>> are really written from an engineers perspective who wishes to build the 
>>> Social Web.
>>> For those who are interested in getting a view of how engineering and 
>>> philosophy
>>> touch, are interested in an overview of the semantic web or linked data, or 
>>> yet another
>>> view of the WebID protocol, this should be interesting.
>>>       Henry
>>> [1]
>>> Social Web Architect
>> Social Web Architect

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