How Empiricism Distorts AI and Robotics

A. Diller (UK)


Knowledge acquisition, testimony, evaluating information, world knowledge.


The main goal of AI and Robotics is that of creating a hu manoid robot that can interact with human beings. Such an android would have to have the ability to acquire knowl edge about the world it inhabits. Currently, the gaining of beliefs through testimony is hardly investigated in AI be cause researchers have uncritically accepted empiricism. Great emphasis is placed on perception as a source of knowledge. It is important to understand perception, but even more important is an understanding of testimony. A sketch of a theory of testimony is presented and an appeal for more research is made.

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