On Oct 31, 3:28 pm, "Wei Dai" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> 4. For someone on a practical mission to write an AI that makes sensible
> decisions, perhaps the model can serve as a starting point and as
> illustration of how far away we still are from that goal.

Heh.  Yes, very interesting indeed.  But a huge body of knowledge and
a great deal of smartness is needed to even begin to grasp all that
stuff ;)

As regards AI I gotta wonder whether that 'Decision Theory' stuff is
really 'the heart of the matter'  - perhaps its the wrong level of
abstraction for the problem.  That is it say, it would be great if the
AI could work out all the decision theory for itself, rather than
having us trying to program it in (and probably failing miserably).
Certainly, I'm sure as hell not smart enough to come up with a working
model of decisions.  So, rather than trying to do the impossible,
better to search for a higher level of abstraction.  Look for the
answers in communication theory/ontology, rather than decision
theory.  Decision theory would be derivative of an effective ontology
- that saves me the bother of trying to work it out ;)

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