Noyce Conference Room
Working Group

This event is by invitation only.

Meeting Description:  In 1986, the mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota wrote, “I wonder whether or when artificial intelligence will ever crash the barrier of meaning.” Here, the phrase “barrier of meaning” refers to a belief about humans versus machines: humans are able to “actually understand” the situations they encounter, whereas AI systems (at least current ones) do not possess such understanding. The internal representations learned by (or programmed into) AI systems do not capture the rich “meanings” that humans bring to bear in perception, language, and reasoning.

This workshop brings AI scientists together with psychologists, biologists, social scientists, information theorists, and others—researchers who grapple with how complex systems extract meaning from the information they encounter. Together we will explore questions about the function and mechanisms of “understanding”—or “extracting meaning—in complex systems across many disciplines, and focus specifically on the relevance of human-like understanding for artificial intelligence systems

Research Collaboration
SFI Host: 
Melanie Mitchell, Barbara Grosz, Dawn Song

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