The Professor's Challenge
The AI field needs major breakthroughs in its thinking to achieve continuous, sensory-gathered, machine learning from the environment on unlimited subjects. The way motivate such dramatic progress is to articulate and endorse research goals for machine behavior so ambitious that limited-domain, problemsolving knowledge representation methods are disqualified at the outset, thus forcing ourselves to produce valuable new "thoughtware." After exploring why the tendency to associate intelligence with problem-solving may be a mental roadblock to further progress in AI science, some preliminary thinking tools are introduced more suitable for sensory learning machine research. These include lifelong sensorimotor data streams, representation as a symbolic recording process, knowledge transmission, and the totality of knowledge.
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