AAAI Publications, 2017 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Anatomy of a Task: Towards a Tentative Taxonomy of the Mind
David Sekora, Samuel Barham, Justin Brody, Don Perlis

Last modified: 2017-10-09


A standard model of mind will involve not only an architecture but also a set of capabilities. Ideally, the two should inform one another at a deep level, as an architecture is what both enables and constrains capabilities. In that spirit, we consider in some detail a routine and (deceptively) simple robotic task. From it, we build out a substantial list of capabilities that appear essential for a general-purpose execution of the task. We argue that this type of exercise is an indispensable step toward the establishment of a baseline for the comparison of cognitive architectures, and that the resulting taxonomy can inform the synthesis of a standard model of the mind.


mind; standard model; cognitive science; robot; intelligent; intelligence; agent; artificial intelligence

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