Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

Memory and Forgetting

 

All ISs have a memory where the brain stores response rules and concepts. In natural ISs, the brain stores response rules and concepts in neural fields. In artificial ISs, it stores response rules and concepts as numbers in computer memory.

All ISs have to forget. The new information, which is continually accumulating, eventually gets too big for any natural or artificial IS to hold. Thus, to make space for new, more important information, it has to forget information proven unimportant or which it has not used for a long time. Often, the brain retains only abstracted or composite information and forgets the details of the concrete information. As an example, we can point out that few people remember the details of their first drivers license number. However, they do remember that they did have one.

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Last Edited 24 July 2013 / Walter Fritz
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