RE: Review of Novamente & a2i2

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun May 05 2002 - 20:50:53 MDT

One more thing.

I am quite perplexed by your notion that concepts need to be *named* to be

Don't you believe in content-addressable memory???

This is one of the design principles that Novamente inherits from attractor
neural nets (ANN's), actually.

Semantic nets, which you dislike, involve addressing concepts by name.

ANN's involve addressing concepts by *specifying part of their contents* or
*specifying a collection of related entities*.

In Novamente (an integrative design), *some* concepts are addressable by
name, but *all* concepts are addressable ANN-style (because concepts are
represented by "maps", which are much like attractors in ANN's).

-- Ben

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