Applications of Uncertainty Formalisms by Anthony Hunter, Simon D. Parsons

By Anthony Hunter, Simon D. Parsons

An introductory assessment of uncertainty formalisms by way of the quantity editors starts the quantity. the 1st major a part of the e-book introduces a few of the normal difficulties handled in learn. the second one half is dedicated to case reviews; each one presentation during this type has a well-delineated software challenge and an analyzed answer in response to an uncertainty formalism. the ultimate half studies on advancements of uncertainty formalisms and helping know-how, corresponding to automatic reasoning structures, which are important to creating those formalisms appropriate. The booklet ends with an invaluable topic index. there's enormous synergy among the papers provided. The consultant number of case stories and linked concepts make the amount a very coherent and important source. will probably be imperative interpreting for researchers and pros attracted to the applying of uncertainty formalisms in addition to for rookies to the topic.

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Computer-Mediated Communication and the Network Society While the economic sphere is a critical component of social inclusion, it is not the only component. What about the impact of ICT on other aspects of life? Simply put, the broad trends seen in the informational economy are reverberating in all aspects of society. It for this reason that we can talk about not just the information economy but also the information society, or as Castells (2000b) puts it, the network society. Networks, based on interconnected nodes, have existed in human society since its inception, but they have taken on a new life in our time as they have become information networks powered by the Internet (Castells 2001, 2).

1). First, both literacy and ICT access are closely connected to advances in human communication and the means of knowledge production. Second, just as ICT access is a prerequisite for full participation in the informational stage of capitalism, literacy was (and remains) a prerequisite for full participation in the earlier industrial stages of capitalism. 1 Literacy and ICT Access Literacy ICT Access Communication stage Writing, print Computer-mediated communication Main Industrial capitalism Informational-capitalism Physical artifacts Books, magazines, newspapers, journals Computer Organization of content Novels, short stories, essays, articles, reports, poems, forms Web sites, e-mail, instant messages Receptive skills Reading Reading and multimedia interpretation, searching, navigating Productive skills Writing Writing and multimedia authoring and publishing Divides A great literacy divide?

In developing countries, the price of a computer is of course still a major obstacle toward getting online, but the other factors just mentioned are also of great importance. For example, it accomplishes little to have a computer if you don’t know how to use it. In summary, in both wealthy and poor countries, the singular concentration on the computing device itself, to the exclusion of other factors, is a shortcoming of many well-intentioned social programs involving technology. This is particularly the case, for example, in the field of education, where too often insufficient planning regarding teacher training or curriculum reform has undermined the value of investments in costly computer equipment (see chapter 5).

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