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QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Nov 2nd

QUEST 2 Nov 2012
1.) We want to continue our discussion on Autonomy. Specifically defining an unexpected Query – to be autonomous implies being able to perform in dynamic missions in dynamic environments and do so in a manner acceptable to the team- what we’ve termed as wingman solutions – Wingman solutions (solutions that a human can align with – interpredictability) require cognitive flexibility. Cognitive flexibility in the face of novelty requires consciousness! (QUEST definition of consciousness – or properties of it are listed below)
a. Cognitive flexibility is our term to capture the need to be able to respond appropriately to an “unexpected query”. Unexpected Query can be defined along the axes used by Dr. Stone in his Autonomy discussion – the axes of fidelity of reality known to the agent and the applicability of the stored models of the agent to react appropriately to the situation.
b. Cognitive flexibility also captures the idea that alternative responses to the same stimuli.
i. Must explicitly represent / compare alternatives in context for world model used for perception (also for recollection and for imagination)
ii. Must be able to deliberate with that representation / reason over previously non experienced phenomena (at a min ‘out of library’ – where characteristics defined in terms of prior experiences)
iii. Define deliberate as – ability to represent and reason about nonexistent or unperceived phenomena (e.g., future possible actions or hidden objects)
iv. Perceptual mechanisms produce information states between perception and action (intermediate states) usable in different ways in combination (plausible narratives) with different sorts of information, as required for human-like consciousness.
v. Purely reactive systems do not use information with the same type of flexibility as deliberative systems, which can consider non-existent possibilities
vi. Deliberative mechanisms include the ability to represent possibilities (e.g. possible actions, possible explanations for what is perceived) in some explicit form, enabling alternative possibilities (plausible narratives) to be compared and one selected

QUEST Discussion Topics and News Nov 2nd

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