The Next Battle Ground for the Titans of Tech by Charles Silver.
From the post:
To win this galactic battle for dominance of Web 3.0, the victorious titan must find a way to move the entire tech world off of relational databases — which have been the foundation of computing since the 1970s — and onto graph databases, the key to semantic computing. The reason: Relational databases, though revolutionary way back when, are not up to the job of managing today’s Big Data. There are two huge, insurmountable issues preventing this:
- Data integration. Relational databases (basically, all that stuff in silos) are finicky. They come in many forms, from many sources, and don’t play well with others. While search engines can find data containing specific keywords, they can’t do much of anything with it.
- Intelligent “thinking.” While it’s impossible for computers to reason or form concepts using relational databases, they can do exactly that with linked data in graph databases. Semantic search engines can connect related data, forming a big picture out of small pieces, Star Trek-like.
This is exactly what users want and need. Consumers, marketers, advertisers, researchers, defense experts, financiers, medical researchers, astrophysicists, everyone who uses search engines (that’s everyone) wants to type in questions and get clear, accurate, complete answers, fast, that relate to them. If they’re shopping (for insurance, red shoes, DIY drones), they want where-to-get-it resources, ratings and more. Quite a wish list. Yet chunks of it are already happening.
I really like graph databases. I really do.
But to say relational databases = silos, with the implication that graph databases != silos, is just wrong.
Relational or graph databases (or any other kind of information system) will look like a silo if you don’t know the semantics of its structure and the data inside.
Technology doesn’t make silos, users who don’t disclose/document the semantics of data structure and data create silos.
Some technologies make it easier to disclose semantics than others but it is always a users choice that is responsible for the creation of a data silo.
And no, graphs don’t make it possible for computers to “…reason or form concepts….” That’s just silly.
Law of Conservation of Intelligence: You can’t obtain more intelligence from an system than was designed into it.
PS: I know, I’m cheating because I did not define “intelligence.” At least I am aware I didn’t define it. 😉