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Philosophical Pitfalls

  There is one philosophical view that is attractive to people doing AI but which limits what can be accomplished. This is logical positivism which tempts AI people to make systems that describe the world in terms of relations between the program's motor actions and its subsequent observations. Particular situations are sometimes simple enough to admit such relations, but a system that only uses them will not even be able to represent facts about simple physical objects. It cannot have the capability of a two week old baby.

John McCarthy
Tue Apr 23 22:16:53 PDT 1996