Artificial Intelligence : A Representation Of The Mind Essay

2075 Words Dec 8th, 2016 9 Pages
The architectural focus of Artificial intelligence is intended to be a representation of the mind, which is to depict the functionality of human cognition. For the first note-worthy representation of the mind is the Symbolic Artificial Intelligence known as GOFAI. However, GOFAI has become an unsatisfying portrayal of human cognition, because it depicts that the mind is nothing more than a system that manipulates symbols (Dreyfus, ppXXI). Consequently, GOFAI turns behavioural knowledge into formal script, which lacks an essential aspects of the mind, such as procedural knowledge. For GOFAI possesses information about the actions it desires to perform, yet is limited to abiding to the set of rules that are written in to it’s programming. Consequently, it neglects any other modes of reasoning that is outside of its programming. However, this demonstrates the fault of GOFAI, because it cannot reconfigure its database, if there were an obstruction that stopped it from performing the designated action. Insofar, GOFAI lacks the ability to reconfigure it database of knowledge, to find different methods that would enable it to perform the action. Moreover, there remains the concept of Connectionism, which demonstrates itself to be a better representation of the mind, because it simulates the functionality of the brain. For the theory of Connectionism isn’t limited to being a symbol manipulator, rather it replicates the neural structure of the brain, in how it processes and…

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