Beyond frames: A formal human-compatible representation of ideas in design using non-genetic ad-hoc and volatile class memberships and corresponding architecture for idea operators

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Abstract

This paper proposes a formal human-compatible representation of ideas in design using ad-hoc and volatile class memberships and corresponding architecture for idea operators. The proposed theory departs from genetically inspired object-oriented concepts used in state-of-the-art implementations of Frames, Semantic Networks and the Semantic Web, and Description Logics, which are limited by the endemic complexity of (multiple) inheritance, and whereby reinventing/ reorganising ideas, as is a staple of creativity, is tedious and error prone. Instead, the paper proposes that ideas do not get 'born' out of 'parents'; rather, they exist as either present or not (yet) to consciousness. Thus ideas can be considered as either eternal, or more practically, self-emergent. This is an obvious yet radical and highly promising shift in paradigm, allowing ad-hoc classes, volatile classes, and an unlimited capacity to reinvent/ reorganise classes. Limitations of tree structures and forced directionality present in the genetically-inspired state-of-the-art vanish altogether.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, ICED 2013
Pages31-42
Number of pages12
Volume2 DS75-02
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Aug 19 2013Aug 22 2013

Other

Other19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period8/19/138/22/13

Keywords

  • Human behaviour in design
  • Integrated product development
  • Ontologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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