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thorisson [Kris' Theory of Understanding]
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|  My Theory  | Understanding involves the manipulation of causal-relational models (e.g. those in the AERA AGI-aspiring architecture).   |  |  My Theory  | Understanding involves the manipulation of causal-relational models (e.g. those in the AERA AGI-aspiring architecture).   |
|  Phenomenon, Model  | Phenomenon <m>Phi</m>: Any group of inter-related variables in the world, some or all of which can be measured.\\ Models <m>M</m>: A set of information structures that reference the variables of <m>Phi</m> and their relations <m>R</m> such that they can be used, applying processes <m>P</m> that manipulate <m>M</m>, to (a) predict, (b) achieve goals with respect to, (c ) explain, and (d) (re-)create <m>Phi</m>.    |  |  Phenomenon, Model  | Phenomenon <m>Phi</m>: Any group of inter-related variables in the world, some or all of which can be measured.\\ Models <m>M</m>: A set of information structures that reference the variables of <m>Phi</m> and their relations <m>R</m> such that they can be used, applying processes <m>P</m> that manipulate <m>M</m>, to (a) predict, (b) achieve goals with respect to, (c ) explain, and (d) (re-)create <m>Phi</m>.    |
-|  Definition of Understanding  | An agent's **understanding** of a phenomenon <m>Phi</m> to some level <m>L</m> when it posseses a set of models <m>M</m> and relevant processes <m>P</m> such that it can use <m>M</m> to (a) predict, (b) achieve goals with respect to, (c ) explain, and (d) (re-)create <m>Phi</m>. The level <m>L</m> is determined by the completeness and the accuracy to which <m>M</m> matches the variables and their relations in <m>Phi</m>   | +|  Definition of Understanding  | An agent's **understanding** of a phenomenon <m>Phi</m> to some level <m>L</m> when it posses a set of models <m>M</m> and relevant processes <m>P</m> such that it can use <m>M</m> to (a) predict, (b) achieve goals with respect to, (c ) explain, and (d) (re-)create <m>Phi</m>. Insofar as the nature of relations between variables in <m>Phi</m> determine their behavior, the level <m>L</m> to which the phenomenon <m>Phi</m> is understood by the agent is determined by the //completeness// and the //accuracy// to which <m>M</m> matches the variables and their relations in <m>Phi.</m>    |
|  REF  | [[http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~kris/ftp/AGI16_understanding.pdf|About Understanding]] by Thórisson et al.  | |  REF  | [[http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~kris/ftp/AGI16_understanding.pdf|About Understanding]] by Thórisson et al.  |

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