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Vincent C. Müller
Eindhoven University of Technology
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Floridi and Taddeo propose a condition of “zero semantic commitment” for solutions to the grounding problem, and a solution to it. I argue briefly that their condition cannot be fulfilled, not even by their own solution. After a look at Luc Steels' very different competing suggestion, I suggest that we need to re-think what the problem is and what role the ‘goals’ in a system play in formulating the problem. On the basis of a proper understanding of computing, I come to the conclusion that the only sensible ground-ing problem is how we can explain and re-produce the behavioral ability and function of meaning in artificial computational agents
Keywords symbol grounding  Floridi  Taddeo  Steels  zero semantic commitment  grounding  Chinese room  Searle  goals  syntactic computation
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