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A Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology.

A Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology

Andrew S. Gordon & Jerry R. Hobbs

Cambridge University Press

32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-2473

9781107151000, $94.99, HC, 584pp,

Commonsense psychology refers to the implicit theories that we all use to make sense of people's behavior in terms of their beliefs, goals, plans, and emotions. These are also the theories we employ when we anthropomorphize complex machines and computers as if they had humanlike mental lives. In order to successfully cooperate and communicate with people, these theories will need to be represented explicitly in future artificial intelligence systems. The collaborative work of Andrew S. Gordon (Research Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Interactive Narrative Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California) and Jerry R. Hobbs (Chief Scientist for Natural Language Processing, Information Sciences Institute, and a Research Professor, University of Southern California) "A Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology: How People Think People Think" provides a large-scale logical formalization of commonsense psychology in support of humanlike artificial intelligence. It uses formal logic to encode the deep lexical semantics of the full breadth of psychological words and phrases, providing fourteen hundred axioms of first-order logic organized into twenty-nine commonsense psychology theories and sixteen background theories. Providing an in-depth exploration of human commonsense reasoning for artificial intelligence researchers, linguists, and cognitive and social psychologists will serve as a foundation for the development of humanlike artificial intelligence, "A Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology" is an ideal curriculum textbook and unreservedly recommended for academic library Contemporary Psychology collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "A Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $57.49).

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Title Annotation:Andrew S. Gordon & Jerry R. Hobbs
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Nov 1, 2017
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