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Self-modifying code is notoriously unreliable.
The system isn't completely insular. There is no
such thing as a completely open or completely closed
system (no, not even black holes). Energy leaks.
An evolving ontology is a lattice of word senses
that can modify any property of the ontology. This
does not mean modifying the value of a property, but
adding and removing properties. For any property
added or removed, a new ontology or sense is created
and there can be infinitely many of these. Because
an infinite number may be countable but is for
practical purposes, not addressable, evolving systems
exhibit a property of locality. Measures that
determine the membership or values of properties
are local to that system. Such definitions require selectors
or intelligent observers, and as a result, are
not closed. They are interactive. Otherwise,
the devolve to entropy.
Controls are emergent. At the end of your thought
experiments, you will take data-driven GUIs much
more seriously as well as their effect on the
intelligent selector (the observer, aka, the
human or other sensing device).
From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
How can we create an ontology that evolves?