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Re: performatives and trust

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 21:43:13 -0500
Message-Id: <v0421011fb741f57babf5@[205.160.76.219]>
To: tim finin <finin@cs.umbc.edu>
Cc: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
>A mature ACL like KQML or the FIPA ACL is a good place to start, since
>a lot of the issues have been worked out.  However, this kind of ACL
>was designed for a communication paradigm in which messages are
>intentionally sent from one agent to another agent and typically both
>parties know their conversational partner.  The web paradigm is
>different -- speech acts can be published for anyone to read.

Tim, greetings. Thanks for the pointers, but I think that this is 
still too limited. It is not clear to me that web publication is very 
much like speech acts at all. Speech acts take place between 
creatures which have a social life and carefully distinguish between 
their private thoughts from their public assertions, neither of which 
apply here. In some ways, putting an ontology onto the web is more 
like electronic telepathy than speech, and the communication problems 
are rather like those that would probably arise if my brain had the 
problem of making sense of your thoughts.  I think we need some 
entirely new ways of thinking about this. For example, what would be 
the common ground (in Herb Clark's sense) of a telepathic 
'conversation'?

Pat

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