|From:||Adrian Walker <adriandwalker@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:57:22 -0400|
Hi John, Rich and Azamat --|
I have been lurking interestedly in the wings of your discussion, and I hope the following observations may help your project.
(You may be relieved to hear that, for once, I'm not pushing Executable English / Internet Business Logic (:-))
I think John McCarthy once said words to the effect that what's needed for the really big problems in AI (such as general computational NL understanding), is to stop and think for a very long time.
It's very tempting to hope that something in the philosophical or AI literature, combined with the data structure du jour, plus the current fashion for AI-style ontologies can somehow be glued together to 'solve' general free NL understanding.
However, the evidence points the other way: Watson being beaten by Congressman Holt at Jeopardy  is only the latest in a painfully long list. (Jeopardy competence is much less than full NL understanding anyway)
So, my money is on someone unexpected, like Einstein in his patent office days, with lots of time to think, and not overly wedded to current paradigms. Not rushing to implement. As they used to say at IBM -- Think.
Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps.
On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Azamat and Rich,
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