Language & Machine

Symbol, Meaning, Representation, Action

“Computer systems, robots, and people are all examples of symbolic systems, agents that use meaningful symbols to represent the world around them so as to communicate and generally act in the world.”


The Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University requires study of a whole bunch o’ things: “symbolic logic, the philosophy of mind, formal linguistics, cognitive psychology, programming, the mathematics of computation, statistical theory, artificial intelligence, and interdisciplinary approaches to cognitive science.” Stanford also describes Symbolic Systems as “the relationship between natural and artificial systems that represent, process, and act on information.”

Sounds like a *fascinating* dream.

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