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Authors: Singh, P.; M. Minsky and I. Eslick

Title: Computing commonsense (

Publication: BT Technology Journal, Vol. 24 p.201

Publisher: MIT Media Labs, 2004


How can we build systems with ‘commonsense’, the thinking skills that every ordinary person takes for granted? In this paper, we describe a multi-agent architecture for enabling commonsense reasoning which is in development at the Media Lab. The system reasons about the kinds of fundamental entities that show up in nearly all situations — such as people, objects, events, goals, plans and mistakes. The architecture supports multiple layers of reflective reasoning, mechanisms for coherent reasoning across multiple representations, and large-scale control structures called ‘ways to think’. We first describe the main features of our architecture and then discuss its application and evaluation to an artificial life scenario.

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