The decentralization of knowledge: How Carnap and Heidegger influenced the Web

Harry Halpin, Alexandre Monnin

Abstract


Does the centralization of the Web change both the diffusion of knowledge and the philosophical definition of knowledge itself? By exploring the origins of the Semantic Web in the philosophy of Carnap and of Google’s machine learning approach in Heidegger, we demonstrate that competing philosophical schools are deeply embedded in artificial intelligence and its evolution in the Web. Finally, we conclude that a decentralized approach to knowledge is necessary in order to bring the Web to its full potential as a project for the spread of human autonomy.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i12.7109



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