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With respect to agents and systems intelligence, the steering committee makes two recommendations on the basis of its discussions:

Recommendation 1. Agents and intelligent systems technologies should be a priority for research. A major goal of computer science from its beginning has been to build systems that enable people to interact in languages and with paradigms that are comfortable to them and to apply the best current technologies available to deal with the array of details related to the computation. The field of agent technologies is aimed at accomplishing this for users of the NII.

Recommendation 2. A major emphasis should be on the development of technologies for translating between machine internal representations and any of a range of external media or combination of external media for both input and output. Mode and media independence are an important goal for the benefit of ordinary citizens, differently abled and otherwise. This recommendation addresses the technologies that will make such independence possible.

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