RE: Machine vs Human: The Disputed Territory (was:Syntax versu
So, getting back to Roger's definitions ... Machines do the syntax drudge work, and wet-ware does the rest (whether or not you call it "semantics"). Thanks to Rick and Jonas for the back references. The puzzle pieces are just right, Roger. Thanks. Bruce B Cox Manager, Standards Development Division USPTO/OCIO/SDMG 571-272-9004 -----Original Message----- From: Ken Starks [mailto:ken@l...] Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 3:08 PM To: xml-dev@l... Cc: costello@m... Subject: Re: Machine vs Human: The Disputed Territory (was: Syntax versus Semantics) Costello, Roger L. wrote: > > Bruce Cox wrote: > > There are those operations that: > > 1) cannot be performed by machine > > 2) can but aren't performed by machine > > [it isn't economical, > or we haven't figured > it out yet] > > 3) are performed by machines > > The boundary between 2 and 3 > is a territory in dispute with daily > skirmishes on several fronts where > there are clear winners on one side > or the other, but with no end to the > overall conflict in sight. > > I think the best we can expect is a > certain equilibrium between what > machines can profitably perform > and what humans will profitably perform > > The disputed territory moves across the > landscape, but never completely disappears. > > > Awesome imagery Bruce! I enjoyed it so much that I created a graphic: > > http://www.xfront.com/machine-vs-human-the-disputed-territory.gif > > > /Roger > Although I expect us to get a slap on the wrist for being off-topic, I can't resist making a response. I want to live in Utopia, by the way. In my world, the one I am trying to build, there will be no conflict whatever between humans and machines. Taking an evolutionary metaphor (i.e. Memes for Genes) it will be a supreme example of symbiosis, of the 'nice guys always win' branch of evolution rather than the 'red in tooth and claw' branch. I want machines to be life-enhancing, never to increase drudgery, so I'm pretty strong a bit of artificial selection of collaborative memes and pruning out of drudgery-promoting ones. Roger, anyone else, make a graphic of that if you like! Ken.
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