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Thinking without language?

Seth Russell seth at halcyon.com
Sun Nov 28 21:04:31 EST 1999

Patrik Bagge wrote:

> What i'm getting at here is that everything & everybody is at sale
> , it's about specifying the desire and 'bying' the solution

Actually i think that simple concept could be the seed of a new
AI paradigm.  Survival is what drives progress (even in AI) - or
to put it another way around: if it doesn't survive, then it's not
progress.  And one of the primary mechanism (strategies) of
survival is the commerce between an agent and its environment.
Specifying desires and buying solutions is commerce.  So perhaps
we can make progress with AI, by applying that mechanism.  The
ecology of a flourishing system of commerce is exactly the ecology
that an artificial mind needs to generate answers to problems that
have no known pre programmed solutions.

Seth Russell
Logic is great, survival is better.

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