“The standard says, ‘This is a list of all the things that it means to do the right thing, and you have to explain to me how you’re going to get it right,’” says Philip Koopman, a cofounder of Edge Case Research and an electrical and computer engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who is helping to write the standard. “I don’t really care how. But you’re not allowed to blow it off.”
The standard has a ways to go, but its makers want the process to move quickly. If the group comes together this spring, it might update the draft standard by midyear and solicit public feedback. It could even publish a standard by the end of the 2019—warp speed for a process that usually takes years.