Research in Intelligent Automata (Phase 1)
Stanford Research Institute Menlo Park United States
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Stanford Research Institute proposes a program that will ultimately lead to the development of machines that will perform tasks that are presently considered to require human intelligence. Significant but uncoordinated research studies applicable to this field are being carried out in a number of laboratories. We propose--in a balanced program of experimental, theoretical, and exploratory research--to coordinate the efforts of a large group of specialists within and outside the Institute, directed towards the orderly development of theory, technique, and hardware.Several key problem areas have been identified and will serve as the basis of our initial work. These include, among others , research in adaptive pattern recognition , in learning systems , and in adaptive autonomous generation of sub-goals in a multi level goal- seeking system. In addition to the necessary exploration of these areas by analyses and simulation , it is intended to develop a machine facility to permit operation with models that will embody desired concepts , but will avoid superfluous engineering design. By thus concurrently implementing theoretical results , major practical problems will not be overlooked, costs of real solutions may be assessed, and the operating models can also serve a major purpose in the generation, clarification, and simplification of complex ideas.