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Re: [ontolog-forum] Toward Human-Level Artificial Intelligence

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:06:00 -0400
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John -

On Apr 23, 2014, at 9:47 AM, John F Sowa wrote:

The intro summarizes the arguments for the
controversial claim that human-level AI is possible with a knowledge
representation based on natural language.

And what about the issue that a goodly slice of human communications is decidedly NOT natural language?  Acronyms, local jargon, industry slang, puns, etc.

I'm specifically thinking of your VivoMind effort where you well know the closer one comes to the "coal face" (the working system) the weaker the correlation to human language as found in commonly accessible dictionaries/glossaries.  Wasn't something like "computer" used as a mythical "person" to charge billable time to?

All I'm arguing is that unnatural language is part of the challenge, along with natural language (which is challenging enough).  To ignore unnatural language is artificially simplifying the problem.


- the CEO's shareholder letter is natural language
- the specifications for a software product are likely a mix of natural language & localisms
- the actual code is likely to be very heavily unnatural language.
David Eddy
Babson Park, MA

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