Posted in Presentation Slides: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Despite the fact that computers and communication devices are highly integrated today, the theories remain separate. The result is a weak theory and ad-hoc practice. Existing devices end up being unreliable, vulnerable to attack, and inefficient due to the adhoc nature of the practice. We propose that there should be a unified theory that models \"computers that communicate\", articulates the problems they wish to solve, and provides qualitative and quantitative metrics to evaluate and compare different solutions, thereby bringing some level of rigor into the practice. The brief description above is meant to open a conversation. Some of the concerns are brought out in my talks on Semantic Communication (see e.g. http://people.csail.mit.edu/madhu/talks/2010/Semantic-UCSD.ppsx ), and I will be happy to explain further, or hear others thoughts on this theme.