Sort of agree. The symbols they use are far from perfect. For example
- my 3 year old daughter asks me for dot-dot milk when we go to
starbucks. Of course she wants "chocolate" milk but a computer would
not be able to understand the way a human does ( and prbably not be
more inclined to buy it for her based on the fact it was cute the way
she asked for it). (01)
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On 20-Apr-09, at 20:44, "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Dick McCullough
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Remember the line that Amanda mentioned and I highlighted:
>> Ontology is fractal.
>> That means that the amount of detail that is necessary at each
>> level is the same at every level you examine. That implies that
>> we will need something of the size of WordNet for every topic
>> of every branch of human knowledge and activity. The completely
>> precise version you are asking for will dwarf the current WWW.
>> Yet a child at the age of 3 has a command of language that is
>> far better than any computer system today. And that child
>> doesn't need Cyc or WordNet or formal logic. I believe we
>> should focus on what makes a child smart -- and it's not Cyc
>> or anything remotely like it.
>> From what I've read about childhood development,
> young children use a very simple language of their own.
> Words in a sentence may be in no particular order, or
> they may use a simple "pivot" grammar. Their concepts
> are very primitive, and tied to specific examples from
> their own sensory experiences.
> Most of my reading was in Piaget, many years ago.
> I don't remember the details of what changes occur
> at what ages.
>> John Sowa
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