1) One of the central goals of research into cognitive systems is the
attempt to understand the human mind by producing computational
models of its various features. Briefly describe two features of the human
mind that you think this research programme wi
March 27th Main ideas of speech perception
Gesture and speech are yoked
How does speech-gesture integration work?
We dont know much, many of the techniques of analysis werent
available to about ten years ago.
What does gesture do?
Gesture amplifies sp
March 6th Possession and Acquisition of Number Concepts
Game theory is an elementary theory of the kinds of information handling that wed like
our machines to accomplish. (Similar to simple formal logic)
But there is a kind of impossibility that thwar
March 15th Review- Decisions, Games, and Numbers
Game theory- formal way of understanding optimal strategies for interactive situations.
Distinct from decision theory (which is merely what course of action will maximize
utilityinvolves only one agent).
March 8th Linguistics of Decision making and numerical reasoning: what counting and
Connection between learning how to count in target language and ability to reason
Based on available information, agent i
March 22nd Automatic Speech Recognition
What is automatic speech recognition> getting a computer (artificial agent) to
understand spoken language
By understand we might mean
Textual translation of speech signal.
Why is AS
March 20th The Motor Theory of Speech Perception
Explaining the mind
How should a scientific theory accomplish its explanatory work?
In General, how is explanatory work accomplished?
No general solution, in different ways in different sciences, not just
March 1st Numerical Reasoning
Numerical decision making: rudimentary form of decision
Quantifying and making numerical judgements critical for any general decision
Ultimately many decision making processes rely on numerical reasoning
January 24th Data Structures
Claude Shannon- the mathematical theory of communication (48) (information theory/
signal detection theory)
Suppose a 12x12 grid that has an object somewhere in it, and one wants to
communicate where the thing is; how many b
January 31st Knowledge Representation (continued) Linguistics
Questions were concerned with
Faculty of language in broad sense vs. faculty of language in the narrow sense
Name four properties that human language shares with the genetic code.
How do these
January 26th Knowledge Representation: Psychological Perspective
This process of structuring and storing information (pieces of knowledge) in an intelligent
Surrogate (substitute) for real-world entity: m
January 19th Introduction to Intelligent Agents
Can machines behave intelligently?
What would be some of the features of an intelligent machine?
Can machines think?
Turing: Computing machinery and intelligence, 1950
February 28th Suboptimality
The ultimatum Game
Makes particularly vivid the problems that arise from strict utility maximizing theories of
Illustrates mismatch between game theory and actual conduct.
Deviations from the game theoretic norm
February 16th Decision Making
Decision making- study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the goals and
preferences of the decision maker.
At least two alternatives
Or action or inaction (which is still a binary situation)