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Old 05-17-2021, 06:03 AM   #201 (permalink)
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“How can the semantic interpretation of a formal symbol system be made intrinsic to the system, rather than just parasitic on the meanings in our heads? How can the meanings of the meaningless symbol tokens, manipulated solely on the basis of their (arbitrary) shapes, be grounded in anything but other meaningless symbols”.
(Steven Harnad, The Symbol Grounding Problem, 1990)

This is a massive problem for #AI #Intelligence #meaning #symbolmanipulation
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How can the meanings of the meaningless symbol tokens, manipulated solely on the basis of their (arbitrary)
shapes, be grounded in anything but other meaningless symbols? The problem is analogous to trying to
learn Chinese from a Chinese/Chinese dictionary alone
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