22 Jul 2010 AI4U   » (Observer)

Mindplex for Is-a Functionality

As we contemplate AI coding for responses to such questions as

Who is Andru? What is Andru?
Who are you? What are you?
we realize that simple memory-activation of question-words like "who" or "what" will not be sufficient to invoke the special handling of mental issues raised by such question- words. Nay, we realize that each question-word will need to call not so much a mind-module of normal syntactic control, such as NounPhrase or VerbPhrase, but rather something like a "WhoPlex" or a "WhatPlex" or a "WherePlex" or even a "WhyPlex", as a kind of meta-module which is not a building block of the cognitive architecture, but is rather a governance of the interaction of the regular mind-modules. A WhatPlex, for instance, in answering a "What-is" question, must predispose the AI Mind to provide a certain kind of information (e.g., ontological class) couched amid certain concomitant mind- modules (e.g., En Article "a") so as to output an answer such as, "I am a robot". Since the quasi-mind-modules to be invoked by question-words comprise a small cluster of similar mental complexes necessary for the special handling of the input of the question-words, we might as well designate the members of the set of complexes as code structures with names like "WhatPlex" ending in "-Plex." Witness that the Google enterprise has named its campus or cluster of buildings as the Googleplex . Ben Goertzel has used a similar term to refer to a "mindplex" of mind components. We will try to use "WhoPlex" and "WhatPlex" to remind ourselves as AI appcoders that we are letting rules of special handling accumulate by an accretion akin to the emergence of a mental complex.


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