Robert Scoble recently called a new mobile tool: Siri “the most useful thing I’ve seen this year”. It glues together a number of different APIs to allow users to potentially find information about pretty much anything, once the right APIs are hooked up, as explained in this interview with Siri’s CEO.
This fascinates me, as it’s approaching the Semantic Web from a slightly different angle. I recently talked about how Google’s partnerships with social networking websites are bringing us closer to the Semantic Web by connecting to repositories of ready categorised information. This app is doing similar by providing a framework to link up with publicly accessible API’s
I agree with Robert – this is the future of the web, but I’d be curious to see whether it’s achieved first by Google striking up partnerships with more companies and making the results accessible in the SERPs or by the thousands of platforms across the world holding this rich information making APIs standardised enough for variety of smaller app vendors to hook into.