Some Final Questions
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In the last chapter, we started off with the idea of having another look at the process of newspaper story understanding, and wound up with a detailed set of heuristics pertaining to the transformation of unanswerable questions into answerable ones. The intent of all the question transformations of course, was to enable machines to pose questions for themselves, and to answer those questions. In order to understand how a machine might know which questions to consider while reading a newspaper it is worthwhile to look at exactly how people go about reading a news story. If, as we have claimed, questions are so important for understanding, then one ought to be able to find questions being raised during the course of understanding. To discuss this issue, let's consider a somewhat unusual article that appeared in the New York Times, Sunday, April 14, 1985:
Boy Says Lebanese Recruited Him as Car Bomber
JERUSALEM, April 13-A 16-year-old Lebanese was captured by Israeli troops hours before he was supposed to get into an explosiveladen car and go on a suicide bombing mission to blow up the Israeli Army headquarters in Lebanon, according to Israeli officials and an account from the youth himself.