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Terms We Use

Terms we invent and use determine our conceptual frameworks. Ergo, our theoretical frameworks. Ergo, our mental models. Ergo, our calculations about the future.

Terms are physical, material, in nature. They cannot be expressed sans physical medium. Terms require energy and space. Terms exist across time.

Marc Raibert. Photograph by Alexander Altenhof

We use terms to identify concepts. As we form sentences using terms, we connect our terms in some matrix under some syntax. As we do this, we establish some conceptual framework.

We use sentences to make statements. As we recognise patterns across these statements, we establish principles with which we reason. As we reason, we connect all these principles in some matrix under some rules of inference. As we do this, we establish some theoretical framework.

The rules that we imbibe into our theoretical frameworks we treat as theories, not as truths. As our repertoire of rules expand, we discover events in our universe we have not known before. Ergo, we come to invent, at some point, more concepts. Ergo, more rules again. Ergo, time comes we need to revise or reject some of these rules in favor of better versions or better rules.

Reasoning has its limits. Ergo, our theoretical frameworks have their limits. Ergo, as we expand our repertoire of rules recursively, we discover not only events we have not known before, we discover contradictions within our frameworks, pain points within our system. This is when we need to revise or reject some of our rules in favor of better versions or better rules.

Since truth cannot be revised or rejected — we intuit this — better to treat our rules as theories.

Our conceptual frameworks together with our theoretical frameworks we use to make predictions. Since reasoning has its limits, we find the need to benchmark our frameworks. This is how we establish experience.

Benchmarking, gaining experience, is a never-ending process. Entropy demands this.

The system with which we connect our conceptual frameworks with our theoretical frameworks, then with our memory of our experiences, is our mental model. We input into our mental model, we process with our mental model, and our behavior is generated. How mental models work.

Terms are basic units of languages. Languages are products of cultural, political, economic and social agreements. Ergo, terms are public in nature, meaning these represent common experience.

Mostly, our conceptual frameworks overlap. Ergo, mostly our theoretical frameworks overlap.

Not all the time. This especially when involving those whose brains allow for more Shannon information and accommodate more of these. These individuals can be expected to allow for more recursions with their reasoning processes. Their calculations reach farther in to the future, farther in time and cyberspace.

The extent to which this kind of outliers occur is, however, limited by the anatomy of human brains and sense organs.

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is expected to mimic how humans establish languages, conceptual frameworks, theoretical frameworks, and mental models. When this happens, one can imagine that the kind of barriers human anatomy have for humans are not going to hold for long for AGI.

How this happens when it happens is going to be interesting.

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