Information Flow and Knowledge Sharing

Information Flow and Knowledge Sharing

1st Edition - March 10, 2008

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  • Editor: Mary James
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569901

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Except from the ForewordThe stated aim of the book series "Capturing Intelligence" is to publish books on research from all disciplines dealing with and affecting the issue of understanding and reproducing intelligence artificial systems. Of course, much of the work done in the past decades in this area has been of a highly technical nature, varying from hardware design for robots, software design for intelligent agents, and formal logic for reasoning.It is therefore very refreshing to see Information Flow and Knowledge Sharing. This is a courageous book indeed. It is not afraid to tackle the Big Issues: notions such as information, knowledge, information system, information flow, collaborative problem solving, and ontological reasoning. All of these notions are crucial to our understanding of intelligence and our building of intelligent artificial systems, but all too often, these Big Issues are hidden behind the curtains while the technical topics take center stage. AI has a rich history of philosophical books that have chosen a non-standard structure and narrative. It is nice to see that the authors have succeeded into combining a non-standard approach to deep questions with a non-standard format, resulting in a highly interesting volume.Frank van Harmelen, Series EditorExcerpt from the IntroductionOur interest is to promote, through a better and deeper understanding of the notions of information and knowledge, a better and deeper critical understanding of information technology as situated in the full range of human activities, assuming as a principle that this range of activities cannot be properly appreciated when it is reduced to the simplified means-end schema proposed by Technology. We invite the reader to build his/her own points of view about these notions, considering our propositions as a starting point for a critical analysis and discussion of these points. With that, we believe we are contributing to a better understanding of the impact of technology – and particularly of Information Technology – in everyday life. Flavio Soares Correa da Silva, Jaume Agusti-Cullell

Key Features

*Bridges the gap between the technological and philosophical aspects of information technology
*Analyzes essential notions of IT such as information, knowledge, information system, information flow, collaborative problem solving, and ontological reasoning


IT industry professionals; scholars, researchers and students in IT, artificial intelligence, philosophy of science and philosophy of technology

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
    Intended audience
    Chapters’ contents

    2 Information
    Agents and the world
    Reality and structure
    Information systems
    A non-rationalistic stance
    Bibliographical notes

    3 Information Flow
    Communicated information
    Noise and distortion
    Received information
    Communication systems
    The purpose of communication
    Bibliographical notes

    4 Shared Understanding
    Dialogues for shared understanding
    Communication spaces
    Productive dialogue
    Facilitators for productive dialogues
    Bibliographical notes

    5 Collaborative Problem Solving
    Coordinated action
    Reliability and trust
    Bibliographical notes

    6 Ontological Reasoning
    Patterns of interaction
    Bibliographical notes

    7 Uncertainty
    Controlled uncertainty
    Trust, confidentiality and privacy
    Bibliographical notes

    8 Knowledge Sharing
    The illusion of life
    Bibliographical notes

    9 Knowledge
    Bibliographical notes

    10 Conclusion


Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: March 10, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569901

About the Editor

Mary James

About the Authors

Flavio Correa da Silva

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Computer Science, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil

Jaume Agusti-Cullell

Affiliations and Expertise

Campus de la UAB, Bellaterra, Spain

About the Series Editor

Frank van Harmelen

Affiliations and Expertise

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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