Part I

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 by Tobias Deutsch



Part I constitutes the theoretical base of the new research direction. The approach to developing models described within Part I breaks with some of the previously used approaches in Artificial Intelligence. This is the first attempt to use methods from psychoanalysis organized in a strictly top-down design method in order to take an important step towards the creation of intelligent systems. Hence, the vision and the research hypothesis are described in the beginning and will hopefully prove to have sufficient grounds for this approach.

Engineering and psychoanalysis at first sight do not have much in common; they have different ways of working and use a different vocabulary or – even worse – the same vocabulary, but with different meanings. We wanted to build a bridge between these two and we hope to give researchers a basic understanding of each other’s discipline and an idea as to how cooperation may be deepened.

Additionally, major research results from the past five years are presented. They were also presented in abbreviated form during the (ENF 2007) “Emulating the Mind”, incorporating results from the speakers and their co-authors.

Table of Contents

  1. The Vision
  2. Basics
    1. Introduction to Automation
    2. Introduction to Psychoanalysis
    3. Psychoanalysis, a Natural Science?
    4. Neuropsychoanalysis
    5. Realizing Psychic Functions in a Machine
    6. Automation as the Challenge for Psychoanalysis
    7. Two Different Sciences – two Different Languages
  3. Model
    1. Modeling a Decision Unit for Autonomous Agents
    2. Perception in Automation
    3. Towards the new ARS-PA Model
    4. The New Model and its Description: Top-Down-Design
  4. Implementation and Application
    1. Differentiation between Modeling and Implementation
    2. The Bubble-World
    3. Applying the Model
    4. Possible Future Benefits for the Humanities

List of Authors in Alphabetic Order

  • Elisabeth Brainin Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, Austria
  • Dietmar Bruckner Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Tobias Deutsch Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Dietmar Dietrich Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Georg Fodor Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, Austria; University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Roland Lang Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Brit Müller Vienna Circle of Psychoanalysis, Austria; Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Samy Teicher Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, Austria
  • Anna Tmej Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, Austria; Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Rosemarie Velik Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Heimo Zeilinger Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Gerhard Zucker (né Pratl) Vienna University of Technology, Austria