Submitted by LauraKasakoff on Wed, 2006-03-22 02:44
During Monday's lecture Professor Blank told us about a split into two separate approaches to studying artificial intelligence. The split is between the rational models and emergent models. Professor Blank writes that "These two paradigms, in my opinion, have little to do with one another. That is, emergent models can certainly show rational, rule-like behavior. But the implementation of emergent models have nothing to do with how rational models operate." I don't understand how this dichotomy is possible! I agree that emergent models can show logical "rational" behavior. We need only look to Langton's Ant and look at its rule like behavior when building its road to believe it. However, I feel like rational models could have a role in the implementation of emergent models. The only reason I can seem to find to support this intuition is the way in which I imagine the human brain works. It seems to me that the brain is a rational model of neurons which calculate and makes decisions, while the way in which we experience consciousness is an emergent phenomena resulting from the rational model of these neurons. It is beyond possible that I am thinking about these models in the wrong direction. I am hoping to start up a discussion on the matter to help me think more about it and relieve my irrational emergent confusion.