GOFAI stands for "Good Old-Fashioned Artificial Intelligence". It is commonly used to denote a branch of Artificial Intelligence which mainly deals with symbolic problems. It is based on the assumption that many aspects of intelligence can be achieved through symbol manipulation. Thus, it holds out the hope that computers will not merely simulate intelligence, but actually achieve it.

In "Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea", John Haugeland coined the term GOFAI describing, loosely, symbolic approaches to Artificial Intelligence. In current AI research, the term is often extended to GOFAIR ("Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence and Robotics") to reflect the importance of symbolic reasoning in traditional robotics.

Rodney Brooks is one of the better known opponents of GOFAIR: he aims to produce autonomous robots without symbolic representation (or with only minimal representation).



See also

* Approaches to AI in the article on artificial intelligence
* History of artificial intelligence
* Physical symbol systems hypothesis

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