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   RE: [xml-dev] Reductionist vs Holistic Semantics

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Hi Mike,

Mike's comment about web plague (i.e. virus and worm writers)....

Didier replies:
Very judicious Mike and you raised new issues in the process. 
a) Who will be behind the chain of trust and what the costs are. Costs in
terms of efforts and money. I mean by that, how hard will it be for an
individual to get a certificate and how trustable it will be. In the past
and not necessarily in movies, some people were able to take a different
identity than their real one. If actually some people are smarter than the
system to break it, how can we prevent them to "worm" or "virus" ontologies
and therefore the whole reasoning of automated agents? I can imagine the fun
of some people to turn our agents into some paranoid machines a la Hal (ref:
2001 space Odyssey) or to create some unknown dummy behavior. 
b) How will I know that a chain of trust is trustable and virus free?
c) How the web will struggle to remains democratic and prevent "reasoning
illnesses" caused by strange people with strange motivations and annoying

Didier PH Martin


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