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casey
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2019-10-01 11:21 pm  

The question has come up about whether or not a machine shows intelligence if it doesn't understand (explain) why it is doing something or how it works.

So how do you test for "understanding"?

The dictionary seems to be limited to giving synonyms as an answer.
Understanding means having a mental grasp.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understanding

Maybe this is an example of understanding.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHRDLU

Why did you move the red block. Answer: To clear a space on which to put the blue block.
It can explain (understand?) its actions in terms of the goal result.
Another question might be "How did you stack the blocks".
The answer would be an output of the actions required to stack the blocks from some given state.
Of course I don't believe it has any conscious understanding.

So what is understanding?

This works by these actions having these effects.

Explain your actions!

I wanted this effect and thus implemented this action.

Actually most people probably don't really understand how a lot of things work.  For example how does a flush toilet work? (It uses the siphon effect). Their answer might be: "It works by pushing a button."  But at least they understand the goal of pushing the button.  Is stating the goal showing an understanding why you took a particular action? Is understanding revealed by showing the list of action/effects?

 


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Robo Pi
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2019-10-02 12:35 am  
Posted by: @casey

So how do you test for "understanding"?

Scientists who study the early development of human children have already created many experiments to study and test how human understanding develops over time.

For me personally those methods and experiments will be more than sufficient for testing the understanding of any machine intelligence that I might personally create.

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Duce robot
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2019-10-02 5:00 am  

@robo-pi

Have you ever seen any James Bruton videos he has one up vision recognition and other interfaces controlling using basically a rgb lighting controller its very interesting


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Robo Pi
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2019-10-02 5:33 am  

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Yes I've seen his videos.  I'm looking forward to using the face recognition software in OpenCV with the Jetson Nano.   This isn't the same software and hardware he's using, but the result it basically the same.  It returns the coordinates of a box where the face is located in the image.

 

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