Frame


Update: May 18, 1996

As I've said before: "Intelligence is memory that organizes itself".

What is important about memory is not only which are the items that could be memorized but also the items that are in fact memorized. What does remain after the passage of time?

I've imagined to put a weight factor on words. A piece of text would also have a weight given by the sum of the weights of all the words.

The text with the biggest sum would have the greatest priority to be memorized. The weight of each word would depend on the interests of the I-Agent.

For example: when I see the word "Intelligence" in a text, I try to read the rest and to memorize it.

If I see "Football", I usually don't read the rest (I don't like football). There the word "Football" has a negative weight for me.

According to Paul-Clément Jagot, a French self made researcher in psychology, a well-structured mind has better memorization ability.

Here come we to the title of this chapter: Frame or Memory Organization.

Alan Kay, in his essay Observations About Children And Computers, points out that children learn better if they have a frame. A non situated frame is even better. He suggests mathematics.

A situated frame could be linked to a particular culture, country or time. Once you lose this particular situation, you are lost.

A non situated frame is not linked to any culture, place or time. It gives you the ability to change without losing your identity. Whatever happens, you're never lost.

What frame?

Serial Frame

serial system

If you have a problem in a particular mode of operation, you go to the higher level, the more concentric one. When the problem is resolved, you go back to the lower mode.

Parallel Frame

parallel system

A, B, C, D are different types of logic or cultures if you prefer. You use the most appropriate for the kind of problem at hand.

Of course, we need a central unit, choosing which logic to follow. To be able to manage this central point, you need universal values: the link between cultures. This is the strength of the system. If one logic fails, the others are still there to support you.

Some Considerations

Art is an infinite source of imagined frames. It gives the mind the ability to change its structure by discovering new forms, new arrangements, a new way of looking at things.

I believe that a mind which is bound to a rigid structure is unable to adapt itself to a changing world. This mind is condemned to disappear.

From a strict physical point of view, dictatorships and other authoritarian societies are the best examples of a rigid structure. By their inability to change, they contain their own failure.

To design the I-Agent of the future, we need a dynamic structure.

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