Re: Pattern recognition

From: Stephen Reed (
Date: Tue Oct 07 2003 - 12:13:11 MDT

On 7 Oct 2003, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

> "Ben Goertzel" <> writes:
> > Ambiguity exists in natural language because natural language involves
> > *lossy* compression of thoughts and percepts. Lossy compression is
> > necessary because to communicate our thoughts and percepts in detail would
> > take waaaaay too much time and effort, given practical realities.
> >
> > Precise, unambiguous language exists: it's called formal logic.
> However, formal logic can only speak about objects inside the formal
> system. It is unclear how one can unambiguously produce mappings
> between the formal system and the real world.

We hope to ground Cyc symbolic concepts with observed sensations from the
real world. The amount of discrimination required would be based upon the
context. The Evolution Robotics vision system for example can learn to
recognize a coke can from three observations.


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