Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...

Subject: Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 23:50:16 +1000

On Jun 19, 2010 2:33AM, Lauren wrote:
> I think a system can "expect" data or other input. What are the
> arguments against "expectation"? The term itself implies that the
> system will "wait" for input that meets certain requirements, that it
> will "reject" a process when it receives non-conforming input, and that
> it will "process" input that it receives. The term "expect" carries a
> lot of content within the scope of computer systems. If the only reason
> to reject the term is that it sounds to human, then what it is it about
> "expectation" that is too human for computer systems?

The definition of "expect" is to anticipate or to
consider probable or reasonable, which require
cognition. A non-anthropomorphic substitute might
be "require," which is a state that can be programmed
into the system.

-- Janice

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