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This is the type of stuff is what I used to do all the live long day (doo-dah, doo-dah.)

Trying to process real-time information in a Complex Fitness Landscape using Frames or Scripts produces frustration, error, and not much else.  Modern software heuristics and paradigms deal with sets really, really well but are really, really lousy at anything that isn't in a set or cannot be reduced into a set.  The, odd but prevalent, notion anything that can be put into a collection or a group is - automatically - a Set doesn't help.  

Dr. Brachman the head of the IPTO at DARPA confessed as much several years ago when he flat-out stated computers do not know what they are doing and, on the current technological development trajectory, will never know what they are doing.  In order to stop funding the 'same old thing' Dr. Brachman started a series of BAAs (project requests) at DARPA IPTO where, in fact, they successfully funded the same old thing -- IN A SHINY NEW WRAPPER! -- which, of couse will make all the difference. <snark>

I keep close tabs on research in this area.  There has been nothing published that would lead me to believe the Swedes, French, Italians, & etc are any different.  (Direct experience, albeit 20 years ago, with British, German, and Swiss software companies are even more transfixed by Set Theory then here in the US.)  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, of course.  But if there had been a breakthrough I would have seen evidence of it in other areas of - let's call it - qualitative information processing.  And, again, there is no evidence for that, either.

So, as a paid whore - uh - 'professional' with decades of expertise and experience -- don't worry about Robot Fighting Vehicles anytime in the near future.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun May 14th, 2006 at 04:30:28 PM EST

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