Toward Artificial Sapience

Principles and Methods for Wise Systems

  • Rene V. Mayorga
  • Leonid I. Perlovsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Intelligence and Sapience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carlos Rubén de la Mora-Basáñez, Alejandro Guerra-Hernández, V. Angélica García-Vega, Luc Steels
      Pages 15-31
    3. Ricardo Sanz, Julita Bermejo, Ignacio López, Jaime Gómez
      Pages 61-73
  3. Sapient Agents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Alejandro Guerra-Hernández, Gustavo Ortíz-Hernández
      Pages 77-91
    3. Pablo Noriega
      Pages 105-115
    4. Zbigniew Skolicki, Tomasz Arciszewski
      Pages 117-125
  4. Paradigms for Sapient Systems/Agents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Martijn van Otterlo, Marco Dastani, Mehdi Wiering, John-Jules Meyer
      Pages 129-141
    3. Ron Cottam, Willy Ranson, Roger Vounckx
      Pages 175-200
  5. On the Development of Sapient systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. V. Angélica García-Vega, Carlos Rubén de la Mora-Basáñez, Ana María Acosta-Roa
      Pages 209-212
    3. V. Angélica García-Vega, Carlos Rubén de la Mora-Basáñez
      Pages 213-216
    4. José Negrete-Martínez
      Pages 217-223
    5. José Negrete-Martínez
      Pages 225-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-239

About this book


The current attempt to emulate human sapience (wisdom) by artificial means should be a step in the right direction beyond the Artificial/Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing disciplines, but is it warranted? Have humans achieved a level of modeling smart systems that justifies talking about sapience-wisdom?

This book presents computational paradigms describing lower- and higher-level cognitive functions, including mechanisms of concepts, instincts, emotions, situated behavior, language communication and social functioning. Hierarchical organization of the mind is considered, leading to explanations of the highest human capabilities for the beautiful and sublime. A diverse international set of authors discuss Artificial / Computational Sapience and Sapient Systems in this unique and useful volume.

The reader is guided through the subject in a structured and comprehensive manner, and begins with chapters discussing philosophical, historical, and semiotic ideas about what properties are expected from Sapient (Wise) systems. Following that, chapters describe mathematical and engineering views on sapience, relating these to philosophical, semiotic, cognitive, and neuro-biological perspectives.

Features and topics:

• Begins with a solid foundation, providing a detailed description of the fundamental concepts and principles of the topic

• Discusses concepts and current computational tools that enable the realization, implementation and design of a Sapient System concept

• Presents a brief history of the evolution and development of the artificial intelligence, computational intelligence and soft computing fields

• Concepts are formalized and extended, as well as compared and differentiated from their counterparts in the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Systems disciplines

• Explains potential applications of key concepts

• Contains discussions and suggestions for future research

This novel, state-of-the-art research volume is the first to focus on and explore Artificial / Computational Sapience and Sapient (Wise) Systems. It will be of real utility to all researchers, graduate students, and professionals in the field who are interested in advancing beyond the usual topics on intelligent systems and artificial intelligence.

Dr Rene V. Mayorga is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dr Leonid I. Perlovsky is Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Principal Research Physicist and Technical Advisor at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory/SNHE, Hanscom.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rene V. Mayorga
    • 1
  • Leonid I. Perlovsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. Engineering University of ReginaSaskatchewanCanada
  2. 2.Air Force Research LaboratoryHanscomUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-998-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-999-6
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