When Will Machines Learn?

  • Douglas B. Lenat
Part of the Machine Learning book series (SECS, volume 92)


Why don’t our learning programs just keep on going and become generally intelligent? The source of the problem is that most of our learning occurs at the fringe of what we already know. The more you know, the more (and faster) you can learn.


Horn Clause Consensus Reality Knowledge Enterer Clause Rule Real Culprit 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas B. Lenat
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  1. 1.MCCAustinUSA

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