Representation in digital systems

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Cognition is commonly taken to be computational manipulation of representations. These representations are assumed to be digital, but it is not usually specified what that means and what relevance it has for the theory. I propose a specification for being a digital state in a digital system, especially a digital computational system. The specification shows that identification of digital states requires functional directedness, either for someone or for the system of which the state is a part. In the case of digital representations, the function of the type is to represent, that of the token just to be a token of that representational type.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Issues in Computing and Philosophy
EditorsAdam Briggle, Katinka Waelbers, Philip Brey
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-60750-343-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-876-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


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