Toward a Large-scale Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology for Metacognition

Jerry R. Hobbs and Andrew S. Gordon

Robust intelligent systems will require a capacity for metacognitive reasoning, where intelligent systems monitor and reflect on their own reasoning processes. A large-scale study of human strategic reasoning indicates that rich representational models of commonsense psychology are available to enable human metacognition. In this paper, we argue that large-scale formalizations of commonsense psychology enable metacognitive reasoning in intelligent systems. We describe our progress toward developing 30 integrated axiomatic theories of commonsense psychology, and discuss the central representational challenges that have arisen in this work to date.

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