|Intelligent Systems And Their Societies||Walter Fritz|
The General Learner (GL) represents inputs, received at the brain, as elementary concepts. These elementary concepts can be straight lines, curves or characters.
Concept and Environment
In order to function, GL must distinguish between certain related parts of the universe. For the example of an elementary concept consisting of a "line", the GL thus distinguishes between:
A concept (in our program, written in the C computer language) has the following structure:
The system manipulates the concept, using a "name", a label, that has the peculiarity that it is not composed of letters but is an integer number. This number is related to the location where the concept is stored. In the present GL this is a number between 10001 and 19999.
Hierarchy of Concepts
The GL may collect several related elementary concepts , and represent them as a composite concept.
This may happen when it creates a new composite concept with links to its part concepts; Here the IS uses the contents as A and B and C. For instance the concept triangle has as contents the label of line A and of line B and of line C; each of which is a separate elementary concept.
Also it may create a concept with links to its concrete concepts (its examples); Here the IS uses the contents as A or B or C. For instance a tree can be a pine tree or an oak or a maple tree.
Finally, the contents of composite concepts are concepts that may themselves be elementary or composite.
Responses as Concepts
The present General Learner (GL) represents responses with the same elementary concepts as those used in the sense inputs. It can do this, since reading and writing a character are symmetrical, just as perceiving a drawing or making a drawing is symmetrical. We are aware that this is just a special case and that future versions of the GL will have to use elementary actions that are different from the elementary sensations when their actuators are different from the present ones. Still, both will be concepts.
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