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Stored Purpose - Terminology and Etymology

Stored Purpose - a new approach to computing leveraging the current capability of information science


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Warren Jones, Lana Rubalsky (2010) "Stored Purpose - Terminology and Etymology", wJones Research, August 10, 2010


Since much of our work was in the area of intelligence and synthetic minds, when considering terms to best describe the results, we first attempted to use terms from neuroscience. That didn’t work. We wanted the terms to communicate meaning, and unfortunately few (including the members of our team) understood the meaning of words like dendron and axon.

We then considered another approach, finding for each concept, the original word usage in history. Due to the breadth of concepts involved, this entailed use of terms from Philosophy, Religion and Science Fiction. Although this approach required significant research to identify best terms, we chose it whenever practical, because we felt the resultant descriptions of work would be less burdened by arcane jargon, and thus more accessible.

There is "much" precedent in common terminology pertaining to the art of Stored Purpose and the intelligent computer, dating back more than twenty-four hundred (2,400) years. The related inventions that comprise Stored Purpose are analogs of symbols that comprise:
  • the essence of knowledge,
  • a mind,
  • a body,
  • an intelligent entity,
  • a physical intelligent machine,
  • a virtual ecosystem of intelligent machines and
  • of Purpose defined by a creator that balances and curtails the action of intelligent entities.

Notes on Use of Leading Capital Letters

Leading capitals for words within a sentence are used to indicate the reader should apply the formal definition provided in this Dictionary. For example, the word Form will be rendered with leading cap whenever it refers to the Platonic Form invention. If depicted in lower case, the word should be considered to represent the common usage of form to mean “shape.” You will see terms Goal, Identity, Purpose, Agent, Agency, Context and others similarly capitalized.


The term Stored Purpose can be interpreted in the literal sense, i.e. a system that enables the storing and processing of Purpose. Purpose in this case refers to to both “the specific Stored Purpose symbolic information construct that defines an information region of entity Identity,” (Jones, Rubalsky 2010) as well as the philosophical definition of, “a set of goals of an object being brought into use or existence.”

Use of Prefixes

To reduce ambiguity in use of names, common prefixes have been assigned to primary entity and information types. When communicating names, specific resources, describing symbols and regions in agent Identity, and describing metacomputer system components, the prefix will be placed before the name and spoken as “letter dot.” When the prefix is used as part of the name of an instantiated (active) agent, the prefix (and agent class) will be followed by a space, capitalized to distinguish it from inactive objects. For example, an agent entity would have a prefix of “a.” which would be spoken as |ā dät|.

  • a.assistant - A general identifier for an assistant class agent
  • A. Ashtin Nexus - A specific identifier for the nexus class agent coordinating Ashtin Healthcare’s metacomputer
  • A. Bob Assistant - A specific identifier for Bob’s assistant class agent
  • o.common - A general identifier for common sense purpose
  • o.Ashtin pharmacy common - A specific identifier for common sense purpose designed for Ashtin Healthcare’s pharmacy department
List of commonly used prefixes:
  • p. patron
  • m. person
  • n. network
  • a. agent
  • b. bot (an agent with the primary function of operating a bot)
  • i. instrument (an agent with primary function of operating an instrument)
  • c. controller device
  • s. sensor device
  • f. transform function
  • d. logical media drive
  • t. transformation
  • o. purpose
  • g. goal


See the Stored Purpose Dictionary

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