Artificial Intelligence - Research and Applications
Progress rept., 9 Mar 1974-31 Mar 1975
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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This report describes the work to develop a computer based consultant CBC system. The system is being designed to talk in ordinary English with a human user to help him perform tasks entailing maintenance and troubleshooting of electromechanical equipment. Our current April 1975 demonstration system is a base for future systems and already illustrates abilities to interact with an apprentice to help him assemble a small air compressor. The body of the report is divided into two major sections. One of these describes the technology behind the April 1975 demonstration system. The other describes work in progress that will contribute to the power and versatility of future demonstration systems. Our 1975 system has the following specific abilities It can generate and execute plans for assemblydisassembly at several levels of detail. It can answer queries from the apprentice about the status of the equipment. It can point at parts of the compressor and can name parts pointed to by the apprentice. It has a rudimentary ability for two-way communication using speech. The basis for each of these is described in detail. Work supporting subsequent systems has been in the area of natural language understanding, modeling, troubleshooting, and vision. The report also describes progress on some supporting activities including the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center Computer Facility, the language QLISP, hardware interface work, and a scanning laser range finder.
- Computer Hardware