Verification

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Full Title or Meme

Verification is a process for comparing an assertion with a rule set to assure that the assertion is in compliance with the rule set.

Context

Formal Verification of Software

In the context of Identity Management Formal Verification of software means the inspection of software to certain if it will produce the results in its specification.

  • Formal Software Verification Measures Up article seems to claim that we will be able to prove that programs will deliver only correct results, "real soon now" in spite of the fact that for most systems humans are not capable of defining what a correct result might be. The book "The Alinement Problem"[1] explains in great detail why setting goals for computer systems is not even close to a solution.
    "The disconnect between intention and results―between what mathematician Norbert Wiener described as “the purpose put into the machine” and “the purpose we really desire”―defines the essence of “the alignment problem.”

References

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