A Meta-Layer for Knowledge Sources
The behavior of a knowledge source, be it in terms of its cooperation with other knowledge sources, its prudent use of resources, or its reaction when it either succeeds or fails at performing its task, is a new and relatively unexplored area. The models of social organization that we touched upon in Chapter 3 are but the tip of the behavioral iceberg. Our goal in this chapter is to demonstrate how the meta approach provides a forum for experimentation with different knowledge source behaviors, adding or removing characteristics as the nature of the knowledge source warrants. This is done within a framework of meta-level interpretation, beginning with our foundation for all knowledge source interaction - the vanilla blackboard interpreter.
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