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Evolving ontologies for mind

Arthur T. Murray uj797 at victoria.tc.ca
Tue Nov 2 13:09:04 EST 1999

Aaron Sloman wrote on 29 Oct 1999 18:00:59 GMT:  [...]

> If we build robots with human-like capabilities we shall probably
> have to give them, or design into them the ability to develop,
> appropriate ontologies including mental states of others,
> otherwise they will simply be ineffective in an environment
> containing human beings and other intelligent robots.

> When such robots have suitably rich ontologies, and know how
> to apply them both in thinking about others and in thinking
> about themselves, the question whether they *really* have
> mental states will just be a silly one.

> By the way, I suspect that newborn human babies don't have
> the sort of mentalistic ontology I've described. Instead they
> are born extremely immature and are genetically pre-programmed
> with reactive behaviours (e.g. reactions to human faces) which
> fool parents into thinking their little darlings care about them.
> This is crucial in triggering the appropriate nurturing and
> protective behaviour in adults which will help the infant
> bootstrap an appropriate ontology while its brain is growing.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7256/mind-fpc.html Mind.Forth
PD AI also bootstraps an ontology of user/programmer-chosen words
and concepts to bring the artifical mind quickly up to speed.

http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~phoenix/vinge/vinge-sing.html AI
leading to a Technological Singularity is the Grand Challenge
for programmers and software engineers in the Y2K Millennium.

> It's a delicate process and can go wrong in many ways.

> I hope that makes sense.

> Some of the ideas are developed further in papers in the
> Cognition and Affect project directory, though there's a
> lot more work still to be done.

> Aaron
> --  
> Aaron Sloman, ( http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~axs/ )
> School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK 
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