Chapter 19

Time, Types and the Future of Relational Databases

This chapter describes how, in the future, relational databases might more completely and explicitly manage both time and types. It is a future in which people are associated with statements by means of different speech acts they perform with those statements, and in which speech acts, statements, and inscriptions are each associated with one of three distinct and orthogonal temporal dimensions. It is a future in which relational databases are linked to an extended ontology whose upper-level categories are common to all of them.


atomic statement; binary table; bridge ontology; descriptive ontology; extensible ontology; folk ontology; homonym; inscription; knowledge base; predicate; ...

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