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Symbol Grounding Problem: Turing-Scale Solution Needed

Harnad, Stevan (2010) Symbol Grounding Problem: Turing-Scale Solution Needed IEEE AMD Newsletter, 7, (1)

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The symbol grounding problem is the problem of causally connecting symbols inside an autonomous system to their referents in the external world without the mediation of an external interpreter. The only way to avoid triviality, however, is to ensure that the symbols in question, their referents in the world, and the dynamic capacities of the autonomous system interacting with the world are nontrivial. Otherwise a toy robot, with exactly two symbols – go/stop – is “grounded” in a world where it goes until it bumps into something and stops.

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Published date: April 2010
Additional Information: Commentary On: Cangelosi, A. (2010) The Symbol Grounding Problem Has Been Solved: Or Maybe Not? IEEE AMD Newsletter 7(1)
Keywords: symbol grounding, robots, language, turing test, Angelo Cangelosi
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 05 Jul 2010 15:12
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:44

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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