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Russian Applied Semiotics
August 30, 2002
The Russian group headed by Pospelov (1960? – 1992) worked at the Russian organization for scientific intelligence (VINITI). VINITI studied the knowledge being generated outside of the Soviet Union, and was interested in language independent representations of knowledge.
Prueitt studied Pospelov’s work between 1995 and 1998 and was privileged to have a number of private conversations with Pospelov in Russia, during Prueitt’s 1997 visit, and during the several trips that Pospelov made to the United States (under funding by Army Research Lab).
QAT sits under the Pospelov/Osipov architecture for semiotics second order control systems that where used in knowledge understanding systems.
These systems where not completed prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and may now be receiving new funding attention in Russia (private communication, V. Finn, 2002).
Note; (Opinion from Prueitt - August 30, 2002): It can be observed that the American “intelligent control” and “cybernetics” communities have not understood the Russian work in “Applied Semiotics”, in spite of the four international conferences hosted by Army Research lab (Tom Reader, point of contact) 1994 - 1999. The American opinion has been that the Russian work on second order cybernetic control systems using quasi-axiomatic logics is simply based on heuristics. But the fact is that the regularity in textual expression (natural language) and the regularity of substructure in event patterns are not theoretically derivable. Only an empirical method that stands outside of the formalism will allow agile machine interactions with humans and human communities. This is how QAT was designed to function, as an extension to the Mill’s logic and to Peircean logics.