Principles of Synthetic Intelligence: Psi: An Architecture of Motivated Cognition by Joscha BachPrinciples of Synthetic Intelligence: Psi: An Architecture of Motivated Cognition by Joscha Bach

Principles of Synthetic Intelligence: Psi: An Architecture of Motivated Cognition

byJoscha Bach

Hardcover | June 4, 2009

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Although computational models of cognition have become very popular, these models are relatively limited in their coverage of cognition - they usually only emphasize problem solving and reasoning, or treat perception and motivation as isolated modules. The first architecture to cover cognitionmore broadly is Psi theory, developed by Dietrich Dorner. By integrating motivation and emotion with perception and reasoning, and including grounded neuro-symbolic representations, Psi contributes significantly to an integrated understanding of the mind. It provides a conceptual framework thathighlights the relationships between perception and memory, language and mental representation, reasoning and motivation, emotion and cognition, autonomy and social behavior. It is, however, unfortunate that Psi's origin in psychology, its methodology, and its lack of documentation have limited itsimpact. The proposed book adapts Psi theory to cognitive science and artificial intelligence, by elucidating both its theoretical and technical frameworks, and clarifying its contribution to how we have come to understand cognition.
Joscha Bach graduated in Computer Science and Philosophy at Humboldt University of Berlin, and received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabruck. His research activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence included computational modeling of social interaction, affective computing, mental representation, and robo...
Title:Principles of Synthetic Intelligence: Psi: An Architecture of Motivated CognitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:June 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Machines to explain the mind2. Dorner's "blueprint for a mind"3. Representation of and for mental processes4. Behavior control and action selection5. Language and future avenues6. Dorner's PSI agent implementation7. From PSI to MicroPSI: Reprsentations in the PSI Model8. The MicroPSI architecture9. The MicroPSI framework10. Summary: The PSI theory as a model of cognitionReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"The first significant contribution of Dr. Bach's book is his introduction of Dorner's complete Psi architecture to an English-language audience. This contribution in and of itself is worthy of praise. But the true contribution of this book is more significant yet. I truly believe that twoof the most critical and overlooked components of a rigorous program to deeply understand the human mind are to think about mind broadly (instead of focusing solely on, say, drives or emotions or personality differences) and to build computational models that require the psychological andphilosophical models to be made fully explicit and grounded. Dr. Bach's approach leverages both. The Psi architecture is as broad in scope as any I have seen and the MicroPsi implementation grounds it in a working computational system." --Scott Neal Reilly, Principal Scientist, Charles River Analytics, Inc.