JS: What I would say, however, is that I wish I could design a computer
system that could do that.
FK: I may sound a little cheeky, but then the furst thing to do is to forget
the digital computers today,e specially the PCs and their operating system. (01)
The principles of building up a digital system to represent larger chunks of
data (any in man media other than printed circuits) are known, all you need
to do is find out how sematic analysis works (I assume that I am getting
there :-)) . The maths involved is zero, because a computer does not compute
anything it is a translating machine...
Cheers Frank (02)
----- Original Message -----
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "'[ontolog-forum] '"
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Semantic Systems (03)
> Rich and Frank,
> RC> ... is this a misspelling and you meant IS NOT?
> I'm sorry. I meant to type "no" and I accidentally hit an
> extra "w". Following is what I had intended to write:
> JFS>> In any case, a child can learn language far better and
>>> faster than any computer system today, and there is no
>>> evidence that the child has much, if any built-in ontology.
> FK> I am not sure if that knowledge in a kid is an ontology of
>> any kind created today on the current knowledge of humankind.
> I agree. It would be misleading to call it 'ontology'.
> FK> We always forget that knowledge is also procedural, and it
>> is in that form what we are all after...
> I agree. But children do use metalevel language about language
> quite early. For example, see the following quotation from a
> 3-year-old child named Laura:
> "When I was a little girl, I could go 'geek geek' like that.
> But now I can go, 'This is a chair.' "
> Somehow, Laura has learned a lot in those three years, but I
> would hesitate to overanalyze or overclassify it.
> What I would say, however, is that I wish I could design a
> computer system that could do that.
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