The Knowledge Level
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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This paper focuses on a basic substantive problem the nature of knowledge and representation. There are ample indications that artificial intelligence is in need of substantial work in this area. The paper proposes a theory of the nature of knowledge, namely, that there is another computer system level immediately above the symbol or program level. The nature of computer system levels is reviewed, the new level proposed, and its definition is treated in detail. Knowledge itself is the processing medium at this level and the principle of rationality plays a central role. Some consequences of the existence of the knowledge level and some relations to other fields are discussed.
- Computer Programming and Software