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A Good Textbook for Knowledge Representation

Scott Fahlman,   March 30, 2008
Categories:  KR Issues    

Since I mentioned Ron Brachman in my last post, I should also mention that he is the co-author, with Hector Levesque, of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (Morgan Kaufmann, 2004), probably the best available general textbook on this topic. Not surprisingly, the book’s primary focus is on First-Order Logic and its more restrictive relatives. However, there […]

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A Case for Integrated AI

Scott Fahlman,   March 30, 2008
Categories:  AI    

The best presentation I have seen in the past few years about where AI is now and where we should be heading was Ron Brachman’s 2006 Presidential Address to the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)[1] conference. A transcript of that talk was reprinted in AI Magazine (Winter 2006) and is available online. Everyone interested in […]

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Natural Language: It’s All About Meaning

Scott Fahlman,   March 27, 2008
Categories:  Natural Language    

Human language is, fundamentally, a tool for identifying a piece of meaning – some symbolic knowledge structure – in my mind and building a good, effective approximation of that knowledge in your mind. The necessary information must be transferred across a narrow, noisy, linear channel: modulated sound waves or (just in the last few thousand […]

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When will AI produce an intelligent machine?

Scott Fahlman,   March 26, 2008
Categories:  AI    

“When will AI research produce an intelligent machine?” This is a favorite question of journalists and people I meet at parties. And it’s a question that almost all AI experts try to avoid. (I usually say something like, “Let’s see… today is Wednesday?” and then start counting slowly on my fingers: “Thursday… Friday…Saturday…” Usually, by […]

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Welcome!

Scott Fahlman,   March 25, 2008
Categories:  News    

This blog is a collection of notes and short essays by Scott E. Fahlman on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Knowledge Representation (KR), with particular emphasis on the Scone Knowledge-Base System. The target audience is AI researchers and students, but I will try to make most of this material accessible to other readers with a knowledge […]

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