Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge Structures

Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge Structures

Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge Structures

Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge Structures

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In the summer of 1971, there was a workshop in an ill-defined field at the intersection of psychology, artificial intelligence, and linguistics. The fifteen participants were in various ways interested in the representation of large systems of knowledge (or beliefs) based upon an understanding process operating upon information expressed in natural language. The two of us first came to appreciate each other's work at that workshop.

There was a self-conscious sense at that workshop that maybe we were defining a new field, crossing previously rigid interdisciplinary boundaries. There were self-mocking toasts to the 'proclamation from Mount Quissett' (actually a small hill overlooking Quissett Harbor, Massachusetts) that henceforth this new discipline would exist and be called some name that we had not the foresight to anticipate.

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