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Review: Reflections on Abstractions for General Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Newell (1990) Unified Theories of Cognition

Newell (1990)

Initially, when I first read the abstract of Laird’s article I was turn off, mostly because he cites Newell (1990) – it just seems so old school.

It’s been almost 25 years since Newell’s Unified Theories of Cognition, but I’m glad I continued reading because there is much I like about this short article.

When I first got into AI, I was kind of obsessed with symbolic cognitive architectures, thinking they had much potential to achieve General Artificial Intelligence. But the more I researched the more I realized how much cognitive architectures:

a) neglected the mind, body, environment model

b) focused too much on high level cognitive functions, like language

With respect to “a”, I believe, an ecological approach to AI is paramount. That is, we should be focusing our research on perception and action.

With respect to “b”, it seems like symbolic cognitive architectures were trying to solve high level functions when they haven’t solved low level functions, ie. perception and action.