Associative Learning for a Robot Intelligence

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The explanation of brain functioning in terms of the association of ideas has been popular since the 17th century. However, recently the process of association has been dismissed as computationally inadequate by prominent cognitive scientists. In this book, a sharper definition of the term "association" is used to revive the process by showing that associative learning can indeed be computationally powerful. A series of simulated robot experiments demonstrates Turing Machine power, a simple form of internal "thinking", incipient communication of intentions, control of a hierarchical task, the emergence of cooperations, and some preliminary steps towards the learning of language. The "innate" endowment of the robot includes the association templates, which drive the associative learning, and a new form of short-term visual memory.
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Demonstrates that associative learning can be embodied in a robot to realize a human-like intelligence, which sets its own goals, exhibits unique unformalizable behavior, and has no hidden homunculi. A series of simulated robot experiments demonstrates Turing Machine power, a simple form of internal "thinking," incipient communication of intentions, control of a hierarchical task, the emergence of cooperation, and some preliminary steps toward learning a language. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860941320
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Artificial Intelligence Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 6.36 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Associative Learning
Ch. 2 The BunPie Microworld
Ch. 3 Designing Templates
Ch. 4 Numbers in the Head
Ch. 5 Universal Turing Machine
Ch. 6 Communicating Intentions
Ch. 7 Consciousness before Language
Ch. 8 An Hierarchical Task
Ch. 9 Stress and Disapproval
Ch. 10 Painted Vision
Ch. 11 Cooperation
Ch. 12 Turn-Taking
Ch. 13 Climbing a Tree or Building a Rocket
App. A Implementation of PURR-PUSS
App. B A Brief Historical Note about STeLLA
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