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Colours: in philosophy, the problem of coulour is, among other things, the question of how individual sensory impressions can be generalized or objectified. See also qualities, qualia, perception, inverted spectra, private language.

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Marvin Minsky on Colour - Dictionary of Arguments

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Colours/seeing/Artificial Intelligence/Minsky: It's easy to design a machine to tell when there is something red: start with sensors that respond to different hues of light, and connect the ones most sensitive to red to a central red-agent, making corrections for the color of the lighting of the scene. We could make this machine appear to speak by linking each color-agent to a device that pronounces the corresponding word. Then this machine could name the colors it sees — and even distinguish more hues than ordinary people can. But it would be a travesty to call this sight, since it's nothing but a catalog that lists a lot of colored dots. ((s) Cf. >Color/Philosophical Theories, >Seeing/Philosophical Theories, >Sorites/Wright, >Vagueness/Philosophical Theories.)


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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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