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Weekly QuEST Discussion Topics and News, 30 May

1.) Plan for where Lizzy is headed with her summer QuEST work – comments / advice welcome:
a. adopt personal position on events / situations / qualia – that you can present / defend to your colleagues in Aug and those attendees to the open house
b. formulate ideas associated with an ‘event’ based content management system – applicable to both our intel analysts and clinicians – (this formulation will assume the ECMS {event-based content based management system} exist – that is a means to capture events and associate all the observables associated with them and link them together and in a temporal sequence – a narrative – then formulate a means to search for similar events in the data base and envision how they can be presented / used by the human operator) —- basically step two is to envision the end state where we posit the world will be if we had such a thing as an ECMS – using the definitions from step 1
c. explain the idea of the link game – demonstrate to the uninitiated non-QuEST person – demonstrate its utility in a memory contest sort of demo (related to steps above because we think events are the chunks formed by humans via these links – we associate disparate sensory data into events – we do so via linking – so this step is to explain the use of links by humans)
d. explain and demonstrate the tie between links and events (see parenthetical statement above) – I would suspect we would define events as a linked set of observables / links also to prior experiences / events – this is related to chunking – in areas to be discussed (intel analysts / clinicians) demonstrate the chunking together of observables into events and how interaction at the event level is used
e. in applications to be determined (clinical / intel analyst) architect some examples of events with the observables and the types of links necessary to capture a useful event representation for storage
2.) Capt Amerika has spent more time this week attempting to maturing a position on the ‘unexpected query’ – the idea that current approaches to AI (recall the reviewer’s comments to Sandy’s paper on narratives and consciousness) don’t provide the means to respond appropriately to stimuli that aren’t represented in the data used in their development (data driven AI solved but what happens when I don’t have the data?) – so we will have a discussion on what is an unexpected query AND then discuss two articles
a. the first is on work related to last week’s talk on embodied and grounded cognition specifically we want to set up independent investigations by discussing the introduction to the special topic discussed in Frontiers in psychology (Anna Borghi article Aug 2011, vol 2 article 187) – the relation of this article to the unexpected query issue is one of the themes of unresolved issues that must be answered by embodied and grounded cognition people is the idea of abstract concepts
b. the second related topic is on work in ‘conceptual combination’ – Conceptual combination research investigates the processes involved in creating new meaning from old referents. It is therefore essential that embodied theories of cognition are able to explain this constructive ability and predict the resultant behavior. Article by Lynott – ‘Embodied conceptual combination – Frontiers in psychology nov 2010 vol 1 article 212
i. …, by failing to take an embodied or grounded view of the conceptual system, existing theories of conceptual combination cannot account for the role of perceptual, motor, and affective information in conceptual combination.
ii. In the present paper, we propose the embodied conceptual combination (ECCo) model to address this oversight.
iii. In ECCo, conceptual combination is the result of the interaction of the linguistic and simulation systems, such that linguistic distributional information guides or facilitates the combination process, but the new concept is fundamentally a situated, simulated entity.

QuEST Discussion Topics and News 30 May

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