Hi K & Bill: (01)
actually, there are some folks who believe information provenance is a
source of trust, consider the case where the reasoning steps of a
theorem prover show how the consequent is derived from the antecedent,
seems that would allow the kids to make their own judgments ... (02)
Kathryn Blackmond Laskey wrote:
>>Who, other than teenagers on myspace, is going to trust anything
>>produced by such a process?
> It depends on what you mean by trust.
> For example, my kids are not allowed to use Wikipedia as a reference
> for school. However, Wikipedia often has very useful information. So
> they read it, use it, find the same information in a more
> "trustworthy" but usually impenetrable source, and cite that. I use
> Wikipedia and the like all the time. Of course I know all the
> caveats. On topics I know well, I know there are plenty of errors,
> but often it's surprisingly good. I don't take it as the last word,
> but it's better than many of the professors I had in college.
>>Do you want this kind of thing, for example, undergirding the
>>software that runs your intelligent highway or local nuclear power
> Again, it depends on exactly which "kind of thing" you are talking
> about and exactly how it is being used. Obviously, there are
> different requirements for safety-critical systems, and they need to
> be engineered accordingly.
>>...Who says there is no via media?
> Usually between two diametrically opposed straw-persons shouting
> epithets at each other there is a viable via media.
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