Artificial persons

Putman, A.O. / Published 1990 / Article

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Citation: Putman, A.O. (1990). Artificial persons. In K.E. Davis, (Ed.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 5 (pp. 81-103). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Abstract: An alternative approach to the enterprise of artificial intelligence (AI) is presented. The paper divides naturally into four semi-autonomous sections. The first attempts to delineate the subject matter of AI; it offers specifications for what would qualify as an "artificial person". The second section explores some of the statuses within our work communities that an artificial person might appropriately fill. The third section, "An Epistemology for Artificial Persons", takes up issues of real-world knowledge and logic; building on Ossorio's foundations it suggests a fundamental logical form that is intended in the future to form the basis for a general purpose AI language. The last section, "Some Algorithms of Common Sense", offers some technically detailed means of handling real-world inference.