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Right.  But Google will answer a query with his contribution 
at the top of it with a mere name search if one knows to 
ask. Likely no one here knows who Gregg Geis is but he 
implemented markup hypertext widgets for windows that were 
XML before XML existed and before Andreesen/Bina implemented HTML  
which was a much easier job.

Markup has a history like rock n roll:  innovators without 
big enough hits don't make the VH-1 Top 100.  The use of 
popularity in a time frame to establish invention is a pretty lousy 
business rule because it makes Pat Boone the inventor 
of rock and roll.

That biases will enter a KR system is unavoidable.  That 
a third system can auto identify and even chart the 
ontological distance between the multiple points of view 
created by multiple ontologies seems feasible.  This 
and market pressures should be sufficient to sort out 
most filtering done by search engines.  The tricky bit 
is authoritative systems.  If the golem governs and 
has no feedback to the process by which it is selected 
for that role, that is a problem.  Fortunately, I think 
it is solvable and then it becomes an issue of scale 
or in a multi-layered set of process/controls, finding 
the right process to adjust that does not cascade 


From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]

> 1. The general arguments that 'free enterprise
> are free of responsibility' are made for many companies

Agreed; I was glossing over this point and reacting to the tangential
issue of pot calling kettle black.  I think this applies as well to
publications like "perrspectives".  I would like to see all such venues
publish completely open lists of pointers to conflicting/contrasting
viewpoints, as a matter of responsible advocacy.  In fact, I think
Google is a great boon to people who want to hear "the other side" of
any story, and annotation services could also be very useful.

> 2.  The example of Google was provided to show just
> how quickly biases propagate.  Their effects are

OK, I see that point now.  This is the whole "Google as
amplifier/echo-chamber" syndrome.  I once again note that Eric Bina has
virtually been erased from the history of web browsers.


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