Cybernetic Systems Based on Inductive Logic
A common approach to problem solving is to obtain the necessary information, make necessary interferences, and carry out required actions in the "best" way possible given the practical constraints of limited knowledge and limited abilities to act. The present invention provides a quantitative definition for what is meant by "best" and a way of exploiting this definition towards a formal design methodology for systems that operate cybernetically.
The present invention generally provides a method for quantifying information, control, and their relationship to each other to construct optimal cybernetic-based systems. The method of the present invention is based on a process of formalized rational inquiry, measurement and planned action. The process relies upon the precise determination of alternatives through inquiry, a formal logical model of measurement and the subsequent matching of this information to possible courses of action at the present and into the future. More particularly, the method of the present invention applies a formalized joint logic of logical questions and assertions to formalize design or engineering objectives and arrive at a realizable and useful cybernetic system architecture.
The term "system" as used herein refers to a physical or synthesized structure that transforms inputs into outputs. Such systems may be electronic, mechanical, biological, chemical, algorithms and processes, or any combination thereof with the common assumption that the system has a definitive design objective that represents its functional design purpose.
In accordance with the method of the present invention, the method generally includes the steps of specifying a computational objective, defining or delineating one or more questions that the system can pose to the external world and which may possibly be constrained by the resources of the system or may vary with time, defining or delineating one or more questions that the system can answer to effect control or transmit information and which may possibly be constrained by the resources of the system or may vary with time, applying an inductive logic formalism of logical questions and assertions to quantify the computational objective and ultimately arrive at a cybernetic system architecture.
One advantage of the present invention is its widespread applicability to areas including, but not limited to, automatic object classification, information fusion, neural networks, specialized algorithm design, data mining intelligent systems, systems engineering, general design and construction of inductive logic computers (ILCs). Such widespread applicability is realized by virtue of the fact that the methodology provides a common framework for the design of systems, algorithms, machines or processes that operate cybernetically.
Patent Status: U.S. patent(s) 7,593,914; 7,475,053 issued.