[unrev-II] Eric's Summary, v.2

From: Eric Armstrong (eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com)
Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 18:56:18 PDT

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    Another edit, for clarity:

      "An interactive tool for discussion and *deliberation*
       that records decisions and their rationales in a way
       that allows the knowledge gained in the process to be
       applied to future projects."

    * "deliberation" was chosen to imply focused discussion,
      bent on achieving resolution for some issue or issues.

      The short "elevator version"* I use is:
         "A tool to augment human intelligence."

      * The "elevator version" is the synopsis you give to
        say, a venture cap, when you happen to find yourself
        on the same elevator. If the response is "how do you
        do that?", showing mild interest, it's an invitation
        to move into the sentence-level version, then the
        paragraph-level version, etc.

    The paragraph:
      Combine the simplicity and ease of use of an email
      system with the expressive power of Web documents.
      In essence, remove the barrier between email and
      documents, so you can comment on or even edit a
      document as easily as sending a message. While doing
      that, make it possible to categorize paragraphs
      (i.e. "messages") in order to carry on a well-
      organized discourse. Preliminary categories include
      "question", "alternative", "argument for", "argument
      against", and "endorsement". Categories like those
      have been found to be helpful in mediated discussion
      systems. We intend to put that thinking into software,
      so remote collaborators can carry on the same kind of
      highly reasoned discussions online.

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