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The choice to choose is always there. The choice
of choices to choose from is not.
Understand, that the change from a Generalized Markup
Language to an Extensible Markup Language is the removal
of options. We went from a Generalized to a Specialized
Markup Language. The Extensibility was always there.
In effect, the Generalization is still there in the
documentation, but since now a consortium chooses these
options, the choice of choices was diminished.
That was the price of higher reliability in an open
network of choosers.
In this case, we have a classification mechanism that
makes its best guess, then depends on feedback from
humans to clean up. The reliability is a function
of the willingness of the human to provide that feedback
coupled to the acceptance of the human making the review.
It couples the threat of automated audit to the willingness
of the human. The actual authority resides in the exercise
of the rule to audit and then to join to a rule for action
on audit. This actually probably works fairly reasonably
given reasonable humans, so in effect, like Simon's example
of the Mechanical Turk, there is a human operator inside
the machine and it is as good a chess player as the human
has skills, and just as embarassing to the unwary soul who
From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:34 AM
To: Bullard, Claude L (Len)
Subject: Re: Zen or Games?
> Ready to turn your business processes over to semantic machines?
> How about your career?
<honestAnswer tongueInCheek=yes >
Do you really think you/we will be given a choice?
Andrzej Jan Taramina
Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions