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Implementing Minsky's "Society of Mind"
Speaker: Bob Hearn , MIT AI Laboratory, Laboratory for Computer Science
Marvin Minsky's "Society of Mind" model offers a tantalizing glimpse of how human minds might work. In this view, minds are vast societies of mini-minds or agents, none of which is individually intelligent. The agents are connected up into structures variously labeled K-lines, polynemes, pronomes, and frames, ultimately producing a coherent mind. From an AI researcher's point of view, the model is frustratingly short on implementation details. I view it as a goldmine of ideas waiting to be more formally specified and implemented. I will present my first steps in this direction. These include specific architectures for the above Society of Mind concepts, and a simulation demonstrating their use in performing some simple behaviors, such as sorting colored blocks into matching boxes. Finally, I will sketch where I hope to go with future research in this direction.