Companion Cognitive Systems: A Step toward Human-Level AI

Kenneth D. Forbus, Thomas R. Hinrichs


We are developing Companion Cognitive Systems, a new kind of software that can be effectively treated as a collaborator. Aside from their potential utility, we believe this effort is important because it focuses on three key problems that must be solved to achieve human-level AI: Robust reasoning and learning, interactivity, and longevity. We describe the ideas we are using to develop the first architecture for Companions: analogical processing, grounded in cognitive science for reasoning and learning, sketching and concept maps to improve interactivity, and a distributed agent architecture hosted on a cluster to achieve performance and longevity. We outline some results on learning by accumulating examples derived from our first experimental version.

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