Universal Semantic Communication

  • Brendan┬áJuba

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Brendan Juba
    Pages 1-25
  3. Brendan Juba
    Pages 59-89
  4. Brendan Juba
    Pages 119-157
  5. Brendan Juba
    Pages 211-232
  6. Brendan Juba
    Pages 331-341
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 343-397

About this book


Is meaningful communication possible between two intelligent parties who share no common language or background? In this work, a theoretical framework is proposed in which it is possible to address when and to what extent such semantic communication is possible: such problems can be rigorously addressed by explicitly focusing on the goals of the communication. Under this framework, it is possible to show that for many goals, communication without any common language or background is possible using universal protocols.

This work should be accessible to anyone with an undergraduate-level knowledge of the theory of computation. The theoretical framework presented here is of interest to anyone wishing to design systems with flexible interfaces, either among computers or between computers and their users.


communication computational learning theory cryptography human-computer interaction networks theory of computing universal protocols

Authors and affiliations

  • Brendan┬áJuba
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering, and Applied SciencesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-23296-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-23297-8
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