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