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   RE: Zen or Games?

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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 
encounters it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:andrzej@chaeron.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:34 AM
To: Bullard, Claude L (Len)
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: Zen or Games?

Len inquires:

> <curmudgeonlyQuestions>
> Ready to turn your business processes over to semantic machines?
> How about your career?
> </curmudgeonlyQuestions>

<honestAnswer tongueInCheek=yes >
Do you really think you/we will be given a choice?

Andrzej Jan Taramina
Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions


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