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Thanks and welcome[edit]

Thanks a lot to Torchiest for his userbox template (see the project page) and a category for projects participants: Category:WikiProject Cognitive science members. And of course, welcome to the project, Torchiest! — (talk) 15:00, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Cognitive science / Cognition[edit]

The two articles need some work, especially the one on cognition. A systematic perspective is lacking, especially the lead section deserves attention and e.g. a thorough definition. Most basic facts are underrepresented in favour of very specific theoretical assumptions that may presently remain speculative. Differences between CogSci and other approaches to the subject should be clearly reflected (not necessarily explicated). The CogSci perspective should be elaborated on grounds of considerate literature. Please refer to the list of useful literature. (talk) 11:42, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

There have been some productive edits to Cognition in the course of an educational assignment. See Talk:Cognition. (talk) 13:13, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Assessing articles[edit]

Please refer to the assessment page for some basic information. (talk) 11:48, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Models, representations, maps – a quick review of articles[edit]

A number of articles are concerned with a similar or seemingly similar subject matter (remarks/respective scope in brackets):

Thankfully, cognitive model is specific to its meaning in CS.

Mental representation could be expanded to reflect the more scientific aspects. On the other hand, the definition is quite specific to CS and might be widened a bit.

Conceptual model needs some cleanup, material could be used in the other articles.

Internal model might be renamed »Internal model (motor control)« to reflect its scope.

Comment: That move has been done. (talk) 10:01, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Mental model ist really vague, in need of a decent lead and definition – pieces of descriptive and explanatory aspects are mixed together (even tough sections of the article might be very specific).

Cognitive map should see some clean up to distinguish the specific use in behavioural and cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience from applications of the term in environmental psychology (resp. geography, architecture, education etc.).

(talk) 12:57, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

I just found one more: Mental map. (talk) 09:12, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Requested move of Internal model to "Internal model (motor control)"[edit]

I have suggested to move the article (also see above on this talk page) for reasons supplied at Talk:Internal model#Requested move. Please discuss! (talk) 14:22, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Has been moved. There is a disambig page now: Internal model. (talk) 10:00, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

RfD of Relevance problem[edit]

I have proposed the redirect page Relevance problem (which redirects to Relevance realization) for deletion. Please see WP:Redirects_for_discussion/Log/2013_April_14#Relevance_problem and discuss! Kindly, (talk) 17:48, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Both articles have been deleted. (talk) 09:42, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Binding problem[edit]

Lova Falk has been doing some recent work on this article already, please help if you like. You can take a look at Talk:Binding problem#Focus of the article and lead Kindly, (talk) 11:30, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Relevance problem[edit]

Relevance problem, currently a redirect to Relevance realization, was nominated for deletion at WP:RfD on 14 April. After a week of no input it has been relisted, so your comments regarding this redirect would be very welcome at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2013 April 22#Relevance problem. Thanks, Thryduulf (talk) 02:39, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

As are the article itself Relevance realization as well as John Vervaeke. Thanks for the notice! (talk) 14:11, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
As I commented, I think it is preferable to turn the redirect into a stub rather than deleting it. You could probably write a better one than me, but I'm willing to do it if you prefer. My thought is to write something like this:
  • The relevance problem is a problem that arises in attempts to implement artificial intelligence. Intelligent behavior requires an ability to learn to respond to arbitrary combinations of features of a situation, but if there are many features, a combinatorial explosion makes it impossible to represent all possible combinations explicitly. The problem is to devise a scheme that only explicitly represents a subset of feature-combinations that are most "relevant".
That would need some editing and sourcing, of course, but comments on whether it goes in the right direction would be welcome. Looie496 (talk) 15:34, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Isn't that the Frame problem? Regards, (talk) 18:21, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Could you give me a pointer to a source that defines the relevance problem as you have it in mind? Looie496 (talk) 16:34, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
I think they are (roughly) the same. Some authors use the term "relevance problem". Some authors consider the terms synonymous, too. Personally and in the most general sense, i would speak of the frame problem. Btw, maybe you have noticed my suggestion to merge Frame problem. Thanks and regards! (talk) 01:34, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Suggested merge: Frame problem[edit]

I have suggested to merge Frame problem (philosophy) into Frame problem. Please let us know your opinion! Regards, (talk) 11:04, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to a new project participant[edit]

As a young project we should welcome our new project participant User:SunnyJulia. A new user, she has taken an extensive effort in writing a new article on Cross-cultural differences in decision making. Thank you very much! (talk) 09:46, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

It has been proposed to merge or not merge Categorization and Taxonomy (general). See Talk:Categorization#Merge. Kind regards, (talk) 21:00, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Comparative Cognition Society[edit]

Hi everyone. I am working on an article about the CCS. It is in my sandbox, any help or advice is welcome. Oh yeah it is here Dbrodbeck (talk) 11:20, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi and thank you! I like the article so far, just two short comments: 1. you might add refs to the lead, 2. please don't introduce any redlinks. Kind regards, (talk) 12:58, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
Done... I think I will paste it into namespace later this week. So, others feel free to improve it in the meantime. Dbrodbeck (talk) 13:49, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Life and Death in Assisted Living - seniors[edit]

Frontline (U.S. TV series) will be running Life and Death in Assisted Living on Tuesday July 30th: Please contribute to discussion Talk:Assisted_living#Life_and_Death_in_Assisted_Living XOttawahitech (talk) 02:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Project added to alerts subscription list[edit]

Just to let you know I have added this wikiproj to Wikipedia:Article alerts/Subscription list. Hope this helps, XOttawahitech (talk) 20:19, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much! Kind regards, (talk) 15:18, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
Looks like alerts have not been activated yet for this project, I guess we need to be patient. XOttawahitech (talk) 23:41, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Welcome another participant[edit]

Thanks to User:Falk Lieder for his interest and participation! It is nice to have an expert on computational CS, and I am looking forward to reading Griffiths, T.L., Lieder, F., & Goodman, N.D. (submitted). Levels of analysis between the computational and the algorithmic. Topics in Cognitive Science. Kind regards, (talk) 19:11, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Source list helpful for this project[edit]

Cognitive science has a broad scope, as the project page section about this project makes clear. You may find it helpful while reading or editing articles to look at a bibliography of Intelligence Citations, posted for the use of all Wikipedians who have occasion to edit articles on human intelligence and related issues. I happen to have circulating access to a huge academic research library at a university with an active research program in these issues (and to another library that is one of the ten largest public library systems in the United States) and have been researching these issues since 1989. You are welcome to use these citations for your own research. You can help other Wikipedians by suggesting new sources through comments on that page. It will be extremely helpful for articles on human intelligence to edit them according to the Wikipedia standards for reliable sources for medicine-related articles, as it is important to get these issues as well verified as possible. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 15:12, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much; I have listed this in the literature section of our project page. Kind regards, User:㓟 - (pi) (talk) 14:41, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

This is a notice about Category:Cognitive science articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 16:33, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to Participate in a WikiProject Study[edit]

Hello Wikipedians,

We’d like to invite you to participate in a study that aims to explore how WikiProject members coordinate activities of distributed group members to complete project goals. We are specifically seeking to talk to people who have been active in at least one WikiProject in their time in Wikipedia. Compensation will be provided to each participant in the form of a $10 Amazon gift card.

The purpose of this study is to better understanding the coordination practices of Wikipedians active within WikiProjects, and to explore the potential for tool-mediated coordination to improve those practices. Interviews will be semi-structured, and should last between 45-60 minutes. If you decide to participate, we will schedule an appointment for the online chat session. During the appointment you will be asked some basic questions about your experience interacting in WikiProjects, how that process has worked for you in the past and what ideas you might have to improve the future.

You must be over 18 years old, speak English, and you must currently be or have been at one time an active member of a WikiProject. The interview can be conducted over an audio chatting channel such as Skype or Google Hangouts, or via an instant messaging client. If you have questions about the research or are interested in participating, please contact Michael Gilbert at (206) 354-3741 or by email at

We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information sent by email.

The link to the relevant research page is m:Research:Means_and_methods_of_coordination_in_WikiProjects

Ryzhou (talk) 02:22, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

Greetings! For this month's issue...

We have demos!

After a lengthy research and design process, we decided for WikiProject X to focus on two things:

  • A WikiProject workflow that focuses on action items: discussions you can participate in and tasks you can perform to improve the encyclopedia; and
  • An automatically updating WikiProject directory that gives you lists of users participating in the WikiProject and editing in that subject area.

We have a live demonstration of the new WikiProject workflow at WikiProject Women in Technology, a brand new WikiProject that was set up as an adjunct to a related edit-a-thon in Washington, DC. The goal is to surface action items for editors, and we intend on doing that through automatically updated working lists. We are looking into using SuggestBot to generate lists of outstanding tasks, and we are looking into additional options for automatic worklist generation. This takes the burden off of WikiProject editors to generate these worklists, though there is also a "requests" section for Wikipedians to make individual requests. (As of writing, these automated lists are not yet live, so you will see a blank space under "edit articles" on the demo WikiProject. Sorry about that!) I invite you to check out the WikiProject and leave feedback on WikiProject X's talk page.

Once the demo is sufficiently developed, we will be working on a limited deployment on our pilot WikiProjects. We have selected five for the first round of testing based on the highest potential for impact and will scale up from there.

While a re-designed WikiProject experience is much needed, that alone isn't enough. A WikiProject isn't any good if people have no way of discovering it. This is why we are also developing an automatically updated WikiProject directory. This directory will surface project-related metrics, including a count of active WikiProject participants and of active editors in that project's subject area. The purpose of these metrics is to highlight how active the WikiProject is at the given point of time, but also to highlight that project's potential for success. The directory is not yet live but there is a demonstration featuring a sampling of WikiProjects.

Each directory entry will link to a WikiProject description page which automatically list the active WikiProject participants and subject-area article editors. This allows Wikipedians to find each other based on the areas they are interested in, and this information can be used to revive a WikiProject, start a new one, or even for some other purpose. These description pages are not online yet, but they will use this template, if you want to get a feel of what they will look like.

We need volunteers!

WikiProject X is a huge undertaking, and we need volunteers to support our efforts, including testers and coders. Check out our volunteer portal and see what you can do to help us!

As an aside...

Wouldn't it be cool if lists of requested articles could not only be integrated directly with WikiProjects, but also shared between WikiProjects? Well, we got the crazy idea of having experimental software feature Flow deployed (on a totally experimental basis) on the new Article Request Workshop, which seeks to be a place where editors can "workshop" article ideas before they get created. It uses Flow because Flow allows, essentially, section-level categorization, and in the future will allow "sections" (known as "topics" within Flow) to be included across different pages. What this means is that you have a recommendation for a new article tagged by multiple WikiProjects, allowing for the recommendation to appear on lists for each WikiProject. This will facilitate inter-WikiProject collaboration and will help to reduce duplicated work. The Article Request Workshop is not entirely ready yet due to some bugs with Flow, but we hope to integrate it into our pilot WikiProjects at some point.

Harej (talk) 00:57, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


I'd like some input on what needs to be done to improve the "Perception of size" part of the article on Size. Cheers! bd2412 T 03:21, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 4[edit]

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Newsletter • May/June 2015

Hello friends! We have been hard at work these past two months. For this report:

The directory is live!

For the first time, we are happy to bring you an exhaustive, comprehensive WikiProject Directory. This directory endeavors to list every single WikiProject on the English Wikipedia, including those that don't participate in article assessment. In constructing the broadest possible definition, we have come up with a list of approximately 2,600 WikiProjects. The directory tracks activity statistics on the WikiProject's pages, and, for where it's available, statistics on the number of articles tracked by the WikiProject and the number of editors active on those articles. Complementing the directory are description pages for each project, listing usernames of people active on the WikiProject pages and the articles in the WikiProject's scope. This will help Wikipedians interested in a subject find each other, whether to seek feedback on an article or to revive an old project. (There is an opt-out option.) We have also come up with listings of related WikiProjects, listing the ten most relevant WikiProjects based on what articles they have in common. We would like to promote WikiProjects as interconnected systems, rather than isolated silos.

A tremendous amount of work went into preparing this directory. WikiProjects do not consistently categorize their pages, meaning we had to develop our own index to match WikiProjects with the articles in their scope. We also had to make some adjustments to how WikiProjects were categorized; indeed, I personally have racked up a few hundred edits re-categorizing WikiProjects. There remains more work to be done to make the WikiProject directory truly useful. In the meantime, take a look and feel free to leave feedback at the WikiProject X talk page.

Stuff in the works!

What have we been working on?

  • A new design template—This has been in the works for a while, of course. But our goal is to design something that is useful and cleanly presented on all browsers and at all screen resolutions while working within the confines of what MediaWiki has to offer. Additionally, we are working on designs for the sub-components featured on the main project page.
  • A new WikiProject talk page banner in Lua—Work has begun on implementing the WikiProject banner in Lua. The goal is to create a banner template that can be usable by any WikiProject in lieu of having its own template. Work has slowed down for now to focus on higher priority items, but we are interested in your thoughts on how we could go about creating a more useful project banner. We have a draft module on Test Wikipedia, with a demonstration.
  • New discussion reports—We have over 4.8 million articles on the English Wikipedia, and almost as many talk pages as well. But what happens when someone posts on a talk page? What if no one is watching that talk page? We are currently testing out a system for an automatically-updating new discussions list, like RFC for WikiProjects. We currently have five test pages up for the WikiProjects on cannabis, cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and Ghana.
  • SuggestBot for WikiProjects—We have asked the maintainer of SuggestBot to make some minor adjustments to SuggestBot that will allow it to post regular reports to those WikiProjects that ask for them. Stay tuned!
  • Semi-automated article assessment—Using the new revision scoring service and another system currently under development, WikiProjects will be getting a new tool to facilitate the article assessment process by providing article quality/importance predictions for articles yet to be assessed. Aside from helping WikiProjects get through their backlogs, the goal is to help WikiProjects with collecting metrics and triaging their work. Semi-automation of this process will help achieve consistent results and keep the process running smoothly, as automation does on other parts of Wikipedia.

Want us to work on any other tools? Interested in volunteering? Leave a note on our talk page.

The WikiProject watchers report is back!

The database report which lists WikiProjects according to the number of watchers (i.e., people that have the project on their watchlist), is back! The report stopped being updated a year ago, following the deactivation of the Toolserver, but a replacement report has been generated.

Until next time, Harej (talk) 22:20, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Candidate for pilot testing, round one[edit]

Hello, WikiProject Cognitive science!

On the recommendation of Snow Rise, I am happy to announce that this WikiProject has been selected for the first round of WikiProject X pilot testing! Pilot testing candidates were selected on the basis for potential success of the WikiProject.

The goal of WikiProject X is to improve the WikiProject experience through research, design, and experimentation. On that basis, we've prepared a new WikiProject design template based around modules. These modules include features you are already familiar with, such as article alerts, but also new features such as automated work lists, a feed of discussions taking place on the 374 talk pages tagged by WikiProject Cognitive science, and a new member profile system with opt-in notifications. The new design is available for your review at Wikipedia:WikiProject Cognitive science/New. Please let me know what you think. (Note that some of the modules depend on output from other bots, meaning there will be some visual inconsistencies for now. I hope to resolve this in the long term.)

The next steps:

  1. If you are all satisfied with the design, I will implement it on the WikiProject page. Unless there are major points of contention, I hope to get this done by Friday, July 10.
  2. Using information from Wikipedia:WikiProject Directory/Description/WikiProject Cognitive science, I will work on recruiting new members for the WikiProject. I will also reach out to your current listed members.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, Harej (talk) 00:33, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

This is basically an orphan WikiProject. It was started in 2012 on the sole initiative of an editor who has not contributed to Wikipedia since 2013. And it doesn't really even have a proper domain: WikiProject Psychology and WikiProject Neuroscience taken together cover the same ground. If you are interested in trying to reinvigorate WikiProject Psychology, I think that would be much more useful. That project is relatively dormant at the moment, but at least it has a substantial history. If you wanted to work with WikiProject Neuroscience, you would find at least a few people prepared to participate (I have been maintaining the project since around 2010.) Looie496 (talk) 13:13, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback, Looie496. In picking WikiProjects for this first round I deliberately picked low activity projects that have potential for being reactivated; basically, where there's "nothing to lose." This way, if something breaks, I am not ruining a perfectly good WikiProject. Psychology seems to be a modestly active project at the moment. Neuroscience could use more activity, but no one signed it up for pilot testing (that's trivial to fix, of course). What if we merged this project into Neuroscience? Harej (talk) 16:15, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure what merging a WikiProject implies. Looie496 (talk) 16:37, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
Merging would mean re-directing Wikipedia:WikiProject Cognitive science to Wikipedia:WikiProject Neuroscience and replacing WikiProject Cognitive Science templates and categories with those of WikiProject Neuroscience. Of course, as you point out, this project isn't purely focused on neuroscience, but a mixture of neuroscience and psychology. So it's a matter of organizing strategy whether to develop a niche project around this specific field of study or to fold into a large project and focus on that project instead. What will organize and motivate the most editors? What will best lead to improved coverage on the subject of cognitive science on Wikipedia? Harej (talk) 17:13, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
@Harej: Sorry to be late to the discussion; I've been semi-inactive the last two months and initially missed the notice. Anyway, I'm inclined to agree that there are significant issues with trying to merge WikiProject Cognitive Science into WikiProject Neuroscience, owing to the fact Cognitive Science is an umbrella term for an interdisciplinary area that includes influences not just from psychology and neuroscience, but also linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics and a glut of other fields of inquiry. I think it's arguably true that if you had to pick just two those super-domains that constituted the core of what we are referencing when we talk about cognitive science, they would be psychology and neuroscience, but even so, merging this space directly with either would constitute two great a reduction of the overall concept.
The upside is that I think, like me, most of our editors who contribute in the field of cognitive science come at it from the prospective of biopsychology, meaning that if we improve the operation of any of the three projects you've referenced, we improve collaboration on the same basic span of articles. So this to me suggests we can either recruit editors from Wikiproject Neuroscience and WikiProject Psychology to operate here, or we can try to augment efforts on those two spaces (which are certainly busier than here, but, last I checked, by no means hopping with activity) to much the same effect. FYI, I'm still happy to contribute if/when the new pilot testing rolls out toolsets for sending out notices to reinvigorate things (or contribute in whatever way which may help, regardless of the project) but I am coming into an extremely busy part of my year in the coming months, so my contributions will vary considerably from week to week. Snow let's rap 21:49, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
Ah, interesting, I see some of the notice functions have now been built directly into the interface, such that users can opt into them when they join the project. That's a clever approach. Is the notice a ping or bot-delivered talk page message? Are you looking to similarly automate the processes for inviting new members to a project if they have contributed to a certain number of articles within it's purview? Snow let's rap 22:05, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Help please - I'm trying to start a list somewhere on Wikipedia of human abilities that will be tough for artificial intelligence[edit]

I am completely new to Wikipedia contribution.

We Wikipedia contributors need to start a list of abilities, qualities, and experiences of humans that will be difficult for an artificial intelligence to have.

Wikipedia already has an entry "Outline of thought"; therefore, the list I propose should be appropriate for Wikipedia proper (as opposed to WikiProjects, WikiBooks, etc.).

I wrote to the help/info email address

This is what I wrote:

My question will refer to Portal:Artificial_intelligence

The title of the Wikipedia Portal is Artificial Intelligence.

Please see the section on the right hand side, "Major Problems of AI."

I have an idea that is completely appropriate to be made available at Wikipedia.

The idea is a list of human abilities that artificial intelligence will have trouble with.

This is a similar category to "Major Problems of AI."

The concept I envision is different to it, however, because it will be an extremely long list of specific abilities written in layman's English.

Of course the list should be arranged in categories.

One such category could be "Emotion."

"Major Problems of AI" has some items which inform "Emotion" (Reasoning, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and strong AI), but if one clicks each of those links and reads them, so little of the content pertains to emotion directly.

In addition to "Emotion," here are examples of other items in the list I propose: Creativity, Imagination, Art, and Humor, each of which can be broken down. For example, Art can be broken down into Music, Dance, Literature, Visual Art, and so on. Emotion as an item in the list can be broken down into Anger, Fear, Joy, Sorrow, Humiliation, Pride, and so on.

A section of this list that I propose would be a list of experiences that an artificial intelligence would have trouble with -- for example, what it's like to raise a child, grow old, feel physical pain, feel lazy, feel jealousy (there's overlap with the emotions list here), what it's like to experience a hallucination or illusion, to miss or mourn over a loved one, to experience camaraderie, to lead a group of people, to smell what humans can smell, to experience what petting a dog feels like as a sensation and as a psychological experience, to feel bias, to have or reject religious faith, to deceive a human; other qualia, and so on.

Again, the list will be extremely long. They will be categorized. This corpus of content will be enormous [like the entry "Outline of thought"], which makes it appropriate for Wikipedia.

One benefit of it: it will inform designers and theorists of artificial intelligence.

Another benefit is that it will inform the general public and students of the field in an accessible, easily understood way.

Eventually as users peruse the list, they will have to ask questions like, "Must an entity be a wet, mortal, living organism first in order to experience these things?"

Another question arises in the process: "...'intelligent' according to whose definition? Humans'?"

"If yes, perhaps according to average humans? What's an average human? Does an average human speak English? Is an average human from a technologically advanced country?" and so on.

"How similar to a human must the artificial intelligence be in order to satisfy the notion of strong AI?"

"If it is not similar to a human, can it fulfill our notion of strong AI? For example, could it run for public office and engender enough empathy from human voters to defeat a human candidate, when it doesn't know what it's like to be a human in so many ways?"

"For example, if it doesn't know what it's like to smell what humans can smell, or what it's like to feel pain like humans do, much less what it's like to, say, raise a child, it will never understand huge sections of poetry and art; its bonding and conversing with humans in person will be sub-par, and it will alienate us, surely if we expect a leader to nurture subordinates and voting constituents."

This wikipedia list I propose will also go into what progress in the field of artificial intelligence has been made in each item in the list -- and future directions.

I do not know where in the large wikipedia universe the list should be started, but I would like it to be in wikipedia proper, as opposed to wikibooks or wikiProjects, for example. I tried to figure out where, but I am completely new to contributing to wikipedia, and wikipedia is still not user-friendly enough for beginning contributors, and is divided into so many parts that are similar in content and purpose to one another.

I am almost certain that this message has to be forwarded to a specialist at wikipedia knowledgeable in artificial intelligence enough to grasp the virtues of the wikipedia list I am proposing, please.

I received a reply:

This is a content issue that is beyond the scope of this service, however that portal has an associated "Talk" page where you can add this suggestion.

So now I have to re-ask them to forward it to the appropriate content moderator.

Yes, my email got carried away, but I do think the list will be useful to anyone who believes that strong artificial intelligence is possible, especially those who believe it will occur within decades.

The entry could be titled the way I wrote it up top, or "Future limitations/problems of AI." That section "Major Problems of AI" exists, but the links in it don't suffice.

Also, the list will be of use to science fiction writers.

I will try to start the list, but I have never created an entry in wikipedia -- this talk is the first time I've "contributed."

If anyone else wants to and knows how, etc., that'd be great.

-Nicholas Nn9888 (talk) 08:29, 16 July 2015 (UTC) Nn9888 (talk) 07:59, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

The major issue I see here is that a fundamental Wikipedia policy requires that all material needs to be based on reputable published sources. Wikipedia can't be used as a vehicle for original thought. If it is possible to reference all the material in the article you have in mind -- including the basic organizational scheme -- to reputable published sources, then the idea might be viable. Best regards, Looie496 (talk) 12:07, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
Well put, and I can shed some light on the two different varieties of information that have to be sourced here. For each task that AI research has attempted to tackle (or hopes to) there are voluminous sources which can speak to the difficulties if engineering that particular faculty. So original research wouldn't necessarily be a problem in that regard. What is a problem to demonstrate without dipping into WP:SYNTH territory is the supporting framework here of an hierarchy of human abilities that are quantifiably more difficult than others. When talking about topics such as cognition and the very notion of subjectivity itself, things which have been notoriously hard to pin down empirically in both the thousands of years of philosophy of mind and contemporary cognitive science alike, it becomes very tricky to course hard claims on what might be achieved and what qualifies as successful reproduction of a given mental feature, in part or in whole.
That long caveat done though, I'm not sure I'd dismiss Nn9888's suggestion. There might be room for such an article here, though some of the content may end up represented overlap of existing articles that borders on redundancy. One way to proceed would be to create a section on "longstanding challenges in AI research" in the main Artificial intelligence article, keep adding to it and then spin it out when it gets large enough. I don't know it's a complex issue (both the topic itself and the best way to approach it in terms of policy, organization, and informative encyclopedic tone. There would be significant issues with verifiability and weight in naming the article anything close to "future limitations with AI", since there no one are of human ability for which there exists overwhelming scientific consensus amongst AI researchers/cognitive scientists that a machine could never master replicate it. But I'll give the general notion some thought, see if I can't contribute clearer thoughts on how to approach the idea.
If we did proceed, I'd be happy to contribute content to the sections on perception, spatial/motor function, emotion, memory, natural language capacity, consciousness/general cognition, and modularity; I'm better versed in some of those areas than others, but know enough about how each works with regard to human capabilities to contextualize the complexities in engineering them in a machine. The real problem will be sourcing and attributing said research. That will be a simply massive undertaking. Snow let's rap 13:57, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 5[edit]

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Newsletter • October 2015

Hello there! Happy to be writing this newsletter once more. This month:

We did it!

In July, we launched five pilot WikiProjects: WikiProjects Cannabis, Evolutionary Biology, Ghana, Hampshire, and Women's Health. We also use the new design, named "WPX UI," on WikiProject Women in Technology, Women in Red, WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health. We are currently looking for projects for the next round of testing. If you are interested, please sign up on the Pilots page.

Shortly after our launch we presented at Wikimania 2015. Our slides are on Wikimedia Commons.

Then after all that work, we went through the process of figuring out whether we accomplished our goal. We reached out to participants on the redesigned WikiProjects, and we asked them to complete a survey. (If you filled out your survey—thank you!) While there are still some issues with the WikiProject tools and the new design, there appears to be general satisfaction (at least among those who responded). The results of the survey and more are documented in our grant report filed with the Wikimedia Foundation.

The work continues!

There is more work that needs to be done, so we have applied for a renewal of our grant. Comments on the proposal are welcome. We would like to improve what we have already started on the English Wikipedia and to also expand to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. Why those? Because they are multilingual projects and because there needs to be better coordination across Wikimedia projects. More details are available in the renewal proposal.

How can the Wikimedia Foundation support WikiProjects?

The Wikimedia Developer Summit will be held in San Francisco in January 2016. The recently established Community Tech team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in investigating what technical support they can provide for WikiProjects, i.e., support beyond just templates and bots. I have plenty of opinions myself, but I want to hear what you think. The session is being planned on Phabricator, the Wikimedia bug tracker. If you are not familiar with Phabricator, you can log in with your Wikipedia username and password through the "Login or Register: MediaWiki" button on the login page. Your feedback can help make editing Wikipedia a better experience.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 09:03, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Structural information theory[edit]

There has been clear COI on Structural information theory. See Talk:Structural_information_theory#COI_Template and this AFD which is related to some of the content written into the article. If we can't get someone knowledgeable to review it, I fear the article may need to be reverted to an 8 year old stub version. Alsee (talk) 17:18, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

I was wondering if your group could help with Corporate Brain and the discussion now underway at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Corporate Brain. thx, Shawn in Montreal (talk) 00:20, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 6[edit]

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Newsletter • January 2016

Hello there! Happy to be writing this newsletter once more. This month:

What comes next

Some good news: the Wikimedia Foundation has renewed WikiProject X. This means we can continue focusing on making WikiProjects better.

During our first round of work, we created a prototype WikiProject based on two ideas: (1) WikiProjects should clearly present things for people to do, and (2) The content of WikiProjects should be automated as much as possible. We launched pilots, and for the most part it works. But this approach will not work for the long term. While it makes certain aspects of running a WikiProject easier, it makes the maintenance aspects harder.

We are working on a major overhaul that will address these issues. New features will include:

  • Creating WikiProjects by simply filling out a form, choosing which reports you want to generate for your project. This will work with existing bots in addition to the Reports Bot reports. (Of course, you can also have sections curated by humans.)
  • One-click button to join a WikiProject, with optional notifications.
  • Be able to define your WikiProject's scope within the WikiProject itself by listing relevant pages and categories, eliminating the need to tag every talk page with a banner. (You will still be allowed to do that, of course. It just won't be required.)

The end goal is a collaboration tool that can be used by WikiProjects but also by any edit-a-thon or group of people that want to coordinate on improving articles. Though implemented as an extension, the underlying content will be wikitext, meaning that you can continue to use categories, templates, and other features as you normally would.

This will take a lot of work, and we are just getting started. What would you like to see? I invite you to discuss on our talk page.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 02:53, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 7[edit]

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Newsletter • February 2016

This month:

One database for Wikipedia requests

Development of the extension for setting up WikiProjects, as described in the last issue of this newsletter, is currently underway. No terribly exciting news on this front.

In the meantime, we are working on a prototype for a new service we hope to announce soon. The problem: there are requests scattered all across Wikipedia, including requests for new articles and requests for improvements to existing articles. We Wikipedians are very good at coming up with lists of things to do. But once we write these lists, where do they end up? How can we make them useful for all editors—even those who do not browse the missing articles lists, or the particular WikiProjects that have lists?

Introducing Wikipedia Requests, a new tool to centralize the various lists of requests around Wikipedia. Requests will be tagged by category and WikiProject, making it easier to find requests based on what your interests are. Accompanying this service will be a bot that will let you generate reports from this database on any wiki page, including WikiProjects. This means that once a request is filed centrally, it can syndicated all throughout Wikipedia, and once it is fulfilled, it will be marked as "complete" throughout Wikipedia. The idea for this service came about when I saw that it was easy to put together to-do lists based on database queries, but it was harder to do this for human-generated requests when those requests are scattered throughout the wiki, siloed throughout several pages. This should especially be useful for WikiProjects that have overlapping interests.

The newsletter this month is fairly brief; not a lot of news, just checking in to say that we are hard at work and hope to have more for you soon.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 01:44, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 8[edit]

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Newsletter • March / April 2016

This month:

Transclude article requests anywhere on Wikipedia

In the last issue of the WikiProject X Newsletter, I discussed the upcoming Wikipedia Requests system: a central database for outstanding work on Wikipedia. I am pleased to announce Wikipedia Requests is live! Its purpose is to supplement automatically generated lists, such as those from SuggestBot, Reports bot, or Wikidata. It is currently being demonstrated on WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health (which I work on as part of my NIOSH duties) and WikiProject Women scientists.

Adding a request is as simple as filling out a form. Just go to the Add form to add your request. Adding sources will help ensure that your request is fulfilled more quickly. And when a request is fulfilled, simply click "mark as complete" and it will be removed from all the lists it's on. All at the click of a button! (If anyone is concerned, all actions are logged.)

With this new service is a template to transclude these requests: {{Wikipedia Requests}}. It's simple to use: add the template to a page, specifying article=, category=, or wikiproject=, and the list will be transcluded. For example, for requests having to do with all living people, just do {{Wikipedia Requests|category=Living people}}. Use these lists on WikiProjects but also for edit-a-thons where you want a convenient list of things to do on hand. Give it a shot!

Help us build our list!

The value of Wikipedia Requests comes from being a centralized database. The long work to migrating individual lists into this combined list is slowly underway. As of writing, we have 883 open tasks logged in Wikipedia Requests. We need your help building this list.

If you know of a list of missing articles, or of outstanding tasks for existing articles, that you would like to migrate to this new system, head on over to Wikipedia:Wikipedia Requests#Transition project and help out. Doing this will help put your list in front of more eyes—more than just your own WikiProject.

An open database means new tools

WikiProject X maintains a database that associates article talk pages (and draft talk pages) with WikiProjects. This database powers many of the reports that Reports bot generates. However, until very recently, this database was not made available to others who might find its data useful. It's only common sense to open up the database and let others build tools with it.

And indeed: Citation Hunt, the game to add citations to Wikipedia, now lets you filter by WikiProject, using the data from our database.

Are you a tool developer interested in using this? Here are some details: the database resides on Tool Labs with the name s52475__wpx_p. The table that associates WikiProjects with articles and drafts is called projectindex. Pages are stored by talk page title but in the future this should change. Have fun!

On the horizon
  • The work on the CollaborationKit extension continues. The extension will initially focus on reducing template and Lua bloat on WikiProjects (especially our WPX UI demonstration projects), and will from there create custom interfaces for creating and maintaining WikiProjects.
  • The WikiCite meeting will be in Berlin in May. The goal of the meeting is to figure out how to build a bibliographic database for use on the Wikimedia projects. This fits in quite nicely with WikiProject X's work: we want to make it easier for people to find things to work on, and with a powerful, open bibliographic database, we can build recommendations for sources. This feature was requested by the Wikipedia Library back in September, and this meeting is a major next step. We look forward to seeing what comes out of this meeting.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 01:29, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 9[edit]

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Newsletter • May / June 2016

Check out this month's issue of the WikiProject X newsletter, featuring the first screenshot of our new CollaborationKit software!

Harej (talk) 00:23, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Opinions Requested Regarding Possible Fringe Article[edit]

A discussion has been opened on the wp:Fringe_theories/Noticeboard concerning an article that may be promoting pseudo-scientific claims. Opinions from knowledgeable editors are kindly requested at the discussion - Nabla (talk) 10:09, 4 December 2016 (UTC)

FYI: The thread in question is Wikipedia:Fringe theories/Noticeboard#Lövheim cube of emotion. (Nabla's pointer didn't work for me when I clicked it, perhaps because of the umlaut or the pipe). Cnilep (talk) 01:01, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 10[edit]

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Issue 10 of the WikiProject X newsletter is here!

This month, we discuss the new CollaborationKit extension. Here's an image as a teaser:

CollaborationKit screenshot CreateCollaborationHub.png

23:59, 3 March 2017 (UTC)