Giving Machines Intention and Volition

Posted 25 May 2006 at 16:37 UTC by steve Share This

A short paper was released online today by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies titled, Intentional Cognitive Models with Volition (PDF format). In it, authors Ammar Qusaibaty and Newton Howard discuss some of the requirements of cognitive models developed for machines. The authors bring in an interesting hodge-podge of conflicting philosophies. They start out with a mention of quantum-wave dualism but later bring in more down-to-earth ideas such as Dennett's intentional stance. They switch to Searle a little later, calling on his explanation of the philosophical problems of free will. The importance of representation, the environment, and volition are discussed. They also bring up the criteria proposed by Allen Newell back in the 1980s as requirements of any plausible intelligent system. Their conclusion? "This work proposes an increased research interest in these areas." It's hard to argue with that!

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