Eric Armstrong


Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 21:54:54 -0700

From:   Eric Armstrong


Subject:   Towards an atomic data structure

Jack Park wrote 3 May 2000 18:44:41

From: Eric Armstrong

But it also has a deeper meaning based in AI, carrying concepts like deep semantic modeling and machine reasoning. In this mailing list we are carrying on discussions of both kinds, using the same term at times.

I don't recall ever using it in any other way than the AI variant of a knowledge base...

I don't think you ever have. I, on the other hand, never have. So we have been fundamentally miscommunicating about what we mean by a "knowledge repository" for weeks, now.

Jack Park wrote 3 May 2000 18:44:41

I am far less interested in doing the doable...

I don't think what I've described in the requirements document falls into the category of "trivially doable". It's not quite clear that it is in the doable category, yet. I suspect it is, but a long proof lies ahead.

Jack Park wrote 3 May 2000 18:44:41

Can't do it with an email system....

I have been advocating an email interface, and an distributed data model, similar to email.

I'm looking forward to seeing a knowledge repository one day. I have no doubt that you will be instrumental in building it. But we need to be very clear about the scope of the current project, and what we mean by "knowledge repository", so we can be clear about what we are building.


Eric Armstrong