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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Computational Essays and Dialogs

This was intriguing. Could it also be used to state how AI algorithms are created,  to make them transparent to their users?   Also how related issues like process, risk and rewards are included in the 'conversation'.   In the below example Wolfram states the example in the Wolfram Language, but it could be done in any code representation.    And taking it beyond an essay, this could also be called a 'computational dialog', to include other influencing players, like the business process owner and other parties involved.   Even competitors that react to a public process.

A Powerful Way to Express Ideas by Stephen Wolfram

People are used to producing prose—and sometimes pictures—to express themselves. But in the modern age of computation, something new has become possible that I’d like to call the computational essay.

I’ve been working on building the technology to support computational essays for several decades, but it’s only very recently that I’ve realized just how central computational essays can be to both the way people learn, and the way they communicate facts and ideas. Professionals of the future will routinely deliver results and reports as computational essays. Educators will routinely explain concepts using computational essays. Students will routinely produce computational essays as homework for their classes.  .... " 

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