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Intention: the will to commit an act, as opposed to a random occurrence of such an event. See also motives, causation, will.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Marvin Minsky on Intentions - Dictionary of Arguments

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Intentions/Artificial Intelligence/Minsky: One ingredient of having a goal is persistence. The other critical ingredient of goal is to have some image or description of a wanted or desired state.
Goals: Do difference-engines (>Goals/Minsky) really want? It is futile to ask that kind of question because it seeks a distinction where none exists — except in some observer's mind. We can think of a ball as a perfectly passive object that merely reacts to external forces.
The notion of goal makes it easy to describe certain aspects of what people and machines can do; it offers us the opportunity to use simple descriptions in terms of active purposes instead of using unmanageably cumbersome descriptions of machinery.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Minsky I
Marvin Minsky
The Society of Mind New York 1985

Minsky II
Marvin Minsky
Semantic Information Processing Cambridge, MA 2003


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