Semantic Space: Bridging the divide between cognitive science, information processing technology and quantum mechanics

Bruza, Peter D. (2008) Semantic Space: Bridging the divide between cognitive science, information processing technology and quantum mechanics. In Information Symposium on Information Technology (ITSim '08), August 26-29, 2008, Kuala Lumpur.


Human beings are adept and drawing context-sensitive associations and inferences across a broad range of situations ranging from the mundane to the creative inferences that lead to scientific discovery. Such reasoning has a strong pragmatic character and is transacted with comparatively scarce cognitive assets. The question is how to get technology to reliably replicate this? The need for such technology is pressing. Paradoxically, the information explosion is leading to diminished awareness. Expertise is becoming ever more specialized: Individuals, groups, communities, enterprises are becoming increasingly insular. We need computational systems which have the capability to enhance our awareness, for example, by suggesting associations in context that we could make, but increasingly don't, as we generally lack the cognitive resources to do so. The premiss behind this paper is that the technology has to manipulate context sensitive meanings which accord with those that we harbour. In other words, the "meanings" manipulated by the technology should be socio-cognitively motivated. A class of cognitively validated computational model called "semantic space" is introduced together with means for computing associations between words. It is argued that such associations can be usefully deployed to underpin human pragmatic reasoning. The paper concludes with some intriguing, highly speculative connections between semantic space and quantum mechanics.

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ID Code: 13710
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: semantic space, quantum interaction
ISBN: 9781424423279
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified (170299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IEEE
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Deposited On: 01 Sep 2008 00:00
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