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From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 17, 2003, 15:37
--- Caleb Hines <cph9fa@...> wrote:
> I wanted to share a system I'm working on > developing, tentatively called > METAGRAM.
<snip> I started out to do something similar a few years ago when I was trying to come up with a very formal version of English to be used to instuct a computer simulation to cause certain state changes in the simulation. Tradtional "text adventure" games or "Interactive Fiction" uses simple commands like "drop sword," "walk north," "hit box with hammer," and so on. I was looking for a way to "compile" an English statement into a list of primatives similar to the manner in which a high level computer language compiles a complex command into a list of primative commands. For example "John gave his green book to Mary" becomes a series of commands to the simulation: 1. Locate the actor John in the simulation. 2. Locate any book objects in this actor's inventory. 3. Locate any green objects in this list of book objects. 4. Move the selected book object out of John's inventory. 5. Locate the actor Mary in the simulation. 6. Move the selected object into Mary's inventory. In other words, a descriptive sentence is translated in whatever commands must be given to the computer simulation in order for it to maintain the simulation (the computer's "mental model") in synch with the events or conditions described in the real world. In this way the computer was to "understand" what it was being told by constructing a simulated mental model of what it was being told. I look forward to reading more about your system, since, in spite of the fact that it seems to have a similar idea behind it, it is quite different from the system I started developing. --gary