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A Candidate for the Next Ig Nobel?

I’m always delighted to read about new applications of semantic technologies in the field of knowledge management, but what I’m reading here seems like a solution in search of a problem.

While I find semantic technologies to be potentially useful to filter and organize incoming messages (even though, as I wrote in the past, accomplishing such a task in an effective way is quite complicated), I also think the idea described in the article makes no sense:  why on earth should someone have problems knowing the recipients of his/her own messages? If I’m writing a message I already know the recipient, and I don’t need the computer to tell me.

Actually, the idea seems to be targeted to large companies and work messages (instead of personal ones), therefore useful also to other people in addition to those explicitly listed as recipients:  this could make sense, but I still believe in the title of this post…


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