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As the current wave of Artificial Intelligence apps continue to gain routine use, do we really trust them?
If not, here's a way of improving trust. Write the apps in Executable English , so that they can explain their results and actions at the end user level.
What other approaches are there?
Imagine government and other web sites answering an open ended collection of English questions, and also explaining the answers in English. Imagine people socially networking, Wikipedia-style, to continually expand the range of questions that can be answered.
The approach starts from the observation that data by itself is necessary, but not enough, for many practical uses of an intranet or the Web.
What's also needed is knowledge about how to use the data to answer an ever…