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Research at Stanford may lead to computers that understand humans

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A new trend has emerged in the past few years and has led to the development of technologies like Siri, iPhone’s “personal assistant.” It entails using mathematical tools, namely probability and statistics, to try and model how people use language to communicate in social situations. The work at Stanford builds directly on this branch of research.

Although statistics provide an initial solution to problems, in my opinion it is very primitive and has considerable limitations. It uses the brute force of the computer and no cognition. Other techniques, like qualitative models, have been demonstrated to be much more useful for extracting relevant information from any system, and then processing that information to make decisions. That is the technology being used in theĀ “Cognitive Brain for Service Robotics (R)” of Cognitive Robots. You can find a link to my book that explains the basics here.

By , June 6, 2012

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