situated action

30 Oct 2021 02:15 - 16 Dec 2022 12:22
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    • The situated action approach to artificial intelligence involved a radical rethinking of all aspects of its problem domain of intelligent action. It was deeply influenced by Heidegger, Ethnomethodology, and phenomenology, and a few other strains of thought that are not very common in technical discourse, or at least were not at that place and time (1980s MIT AI lab).
    • The old-fashioned model of mind which they were critiquing was something like this:
      • The central job of minds is making representations of the world, and using these (together with some goals) to derive plans and take actions.
      • This means that intelligent beings can be modularized into
        • a representational part, which encodes the world and goals,
        • a sensing part which builds and updates the representation
        • a reasoning part which computes plans of action that are intended to get closer to the goals
        • an execution part that converts the plans into actual actions or behaviors