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The Language of Goals: Facilitating cognitive partnerships between humans and machines

Michael Cox, Researcher, Wright State Research Institute

Abstract: The concept of a cognitive partnership between humans and machines remains an aspiration rather than an achievement in the AI community. Impeding the vision of partnership is the large mismatch between the means, the representation, and the language of shared behavior and decisions. We claim that a solution lies not in the amount of data available or the level of optimization of performance, rather successful cognitive partnerships will arise from a common language of goals. We will review an approach to explainable cognitive systems that focuses on a set of common goal operations and argue that a goal-based metaphor of interaction will facilitate successful partnerships.