Multiple Representations in Cognitive Architectures

David Peebles, Peter Cheng

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The widely demonstrated ability of humans to deal with multiple representations of information has a number of important implications for a proposed standard model of the mind (SMM). In this paper we outline four and argue that a SMM must incorporate (a) multiple representational formats and (b) meta-cognitive processes that operate on them. We then describe current approaches to extend cognitive architectures with visual-spatial representations, in part to illustrate the limitations of current architectures in relation to the implications we raise but also to identify the basis upon which a consensus about the nature of these additional representations can be agreed. We believe that addressing these implications and outlining a specification for multiple representations should be a key goal for those seeking to develop a standard model of the mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 AAAI Fall Symposium Series
Subtitle of host publicationFS-17-05: A Standard Model of the Mind
Place of PublicationPalo Alto, California
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781577357940
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
EventAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium Series - The West Arlington Gateway, Arlington, United States
Duration: 9 Nov 201711 Nov 2017 (Link to Event Details)


ConferenceAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium Series
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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