Is There a Future for AI Without Representation?
- Vincent C. MüllerAffiliated withAmerican College of Thessaloniki Email author
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This paper investigates the prospects of Rodney Brooks’ proposal for AI without representation. It turns out that the supposedly characteristic features of “new AI” (embodiment, situatedness, absence of reasoning, and absence of representation) are all present in conventional systems: “New AI” is just like old AI. Brooks proposal boils down to the architectural rejection of central control in intelligent agents—Which, however, turns out to be crucial. Some of more recent cognitive science suggests that we might do well to dispose of the image of intelligent agents as central representation processors. If this paradigm shift is achieved, Brooks’ proposal for cognition without representation appears promising for full-blown intelligent agents—Though not for conscious agents.
KeywordsAI Artificial intelligence Brooks Central control Computationalism Function Embodiment Grounding Representation Representationalism Subsumption architecture
- Is There a Future for AI Without Representation?
Minds and Machines
Volume 17, Issue 1 , pp 101-115
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- Artificial intelligence
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- 1. American College of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 21021, Pylaia, 55510, Greece