McDermott, D.

PDDL2.1 - The Art of the Possible? Commentary on Fox and Long Artificial Intelligence

PDDL2.1 was designed to push the envelope of what planning algorithms can do, and it has succeeded. It adds two important features: durative actions,which take time (and may have continuous effects); and objective functions for measuring the quality of plans. The concept of durative actions is flawed; and the treatment of their semantics reveals too strong an attachment to the way many contemporary planners work. Future PDDL innovators should focus on producing a clean semantics for additions to the language, and let planner implementers worry about coupling their algorithms to problems expressed in the latest version of the language.

Non-monotonic logic I


'Non-monotonic' logical systems are logics in which the introduction of new axioms can invalidate old theorems. Such logics are very important in modeling the benefits of active processes which, acting in the presence of incomplete information, must make and subsequently revise assumptions in light of new observations. We present the motivation and history of such logics. We develop model and proof theories, a proof procedure, and applications for one non-monotonic logic. In particular, we prove the completeness of the non-monotoic predicate calculus and the decidability of the non-monotonic sentential calculus. We also discuss characteristic properties of this logic and its relationship to stronger logics, logics of incomplete information, and truth maintenance systems.Artificial Intelligence 13:41-72

Artificial intelligence meets natural stupidity


As a field, artificial intelligence has always been on the border of respectability, and therefore on the border of crackpottery. Many critics , have urged that we are over the border. We have been very defensive toward this charge, drawing ourselves up with dignity when it is made and folding the cloak of Science about us. On the other hand, in private, we have been justifiably proud of our willingness to explore weird ideas, because pursuing them is the only way to make progress.[Scroll to page 4 of Source document.]See also: ACM Digital Library citation. SIGART Newsletter 57:4-9.